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Repositioning English for academic purposes (EAP)

25 November 2021, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

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In this webinar, Bee Bond will explore strategies for developing collaborations between EAP practitioners and other discipline specialists to better connect language and disciplinary content knowledge.

This event is free.

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Bee will outline key areas where EAP should be able to change and exert a more positive influence to ensure language is visible to all as both a barrier and enabler to student success. EAP occupies a uniquely problematic position within higher education. As a field of practice, EAP is largely separated from research within its own discipline. Very few EAP practitioners are also EAP researchers.

The Centres that co-ordinate EAP courses are generally teaching only and find themselves marginalised, with an unclear and uncertain position within their institution, often vulnerable to privatisation. With EAP’s historic core purpose being to support ‘international’ students to be able to study in and through English, much of its academic value is undermined through its central position as part of the ‘pipeline’, where internationalisation is viewed as a money-making venture.

The speaker will explore strategies that EAP practitioners and centre leaders might employ to reimagine and re-define EAP as central to endeavours to develop a more inclusive and accessible higher education for all. This involves taking a principled but pragmatic approach to embedding EAP within the disciplines and developing collaborations that allow language to become more visible across all elements of a university’s curriculum.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in EAP, applied linguistics, language in the university, student support and writing in the disciplines.

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About the Speaker

Bee Bond

Associate Professor of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at University of Leeds

Bee has taught EAP at the University of Leeds since 2001, working with students to understand the language, skills, culture and context of UK higher education practices. She is currently developing embedded insessional EAP provision with Schools, ensuring that language is considered as a part of disciplinary knowledge communication. She is the author of Making Language Visible in the University: English for Academic Purposes and Internationalisation Multilingual Matters, 2020.