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Directions for the Future

Issues in English for Academic Purposes

Leslie Sheldon

The papers comprising this volume are selected from presentations made at the 2001 Conference of the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes, which was held at the University of Strathclyde (in Glasgow, Scotland). The role of EAP (English for Academic Purposes) is increasingly important, as higher education institutions consider their linguistic support strategies (both for native and non-native speakers of English), and confront the potential of the world wide web as a scholarly and pedagogic resource. The articles collected consider EAP – as an international profession – from a number of vital and relevant perspectives including practical pedagogy, research, and the impact of new technology.
Contents: Tony Dudley-Evans: Thoughts on the past and the future of EAP – Ron White: The ivory tower in the marketplace – Jeanette Littlemore: Conceptual metaphor as a vehicle for promoting critical thinking amongst international students – Ros Richards: Presenting critical thinking as a study strategy for UK higher education – David Catterick: Mapping and managing cultural beliefs about language learning of Chinese EAP learners – Andy Curtis: Working with advanced Chinese students: EAP at the doctoral level – Fiona Cotton: ‘The lecturer doesn’t want my opinion’. Mismatched expectations: pedagogical approaches – Martha A. Jones/Roger Bird: Campus language: helping students to understand academic spoken language in the EAP classroom – Zoe Kantaridou: Steps to autonomy: curriculum design for a long-term EAP course – John Straker: What makes a good EAP tutorial? – Kenneth Anderson/Cathy Benson/Tony Lynch: Feedback on writing: attitudes and uptake – Johnson A. Kalu: Writing: an assessment of students’ learning outcomes – Siân Preece: Language and identity issues with home students on EAP writing programmes at the University of Westminster – Irene Turner/Val Godwin/Lynda Wilks: A measure of success: changes in vocabulary usage on intensive EFL courses – Alan Tonkyn/Juliet Wilson: Revising the IELTS speaking test – Jo McDonough: Patterns of change in EAP research methodology – Keith Morrow: Getting published in an academic journal.