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Theory and Concepts of English for Academic Purposes
 
 
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29 Mar 2011
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Focusing on proposing a theoretical and conceptual framework for developing courses in the rapidly growing field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), while acknowledging EAP to be a needs-driven learner centred activity, Ian Bruce examines approaches to theorizing, engaging with and researching academic subject communities including their written and spoken genres. He proposes principles for the organisation of goals and objectives and the selection of content of an EAP syllabus.

In the second half of the book he considers the more specific details of 'fleshing out' a syllabus into a full course with a particular focus on the types of language processing and outputs required by university courses. He also addresses the issue of the development of critical thinking and performance-based assessment within the context of an EAP course, and discusses the academic knowledge and skills of EAP teachers with reference to the recently developed Competency Framework for Teachers of English for Academic Purposes.


Description

Focusing on proposing a theoretical and conceptual framework for developing courses in the rapidly growing field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), while acknowledging EAP to be a needs-driven learner centred activity, Ian Bruce examines approaches to theorizing, engaging with and researching academic subject communities including their written and spoken genres. He proposes principles for the organisation of goals and objectives and the selection of content of an EAP syllabus.

In the second half of the book he considers the more specific details of 'fleshing out' a syllabus into a full course with a particular focus on the types of language processing and outputs required by university courses. He also addresses the issue of the development of critical thinking and performance-based assessment within the context of an EAP course, and discusses the academic knowledge and skills of EAP teachers with reference to the recently developed Competency Framework for Teachers of English for Academic Purposes.


Contents

Introduction
PART I: A THEORETICAL BASIS FOR ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES
Introduction to EAP: Key Issues and Concepts
Investigating the Academic World
Students' Needs and EAP Course Design
PART II: THE DESIGN OF EAP COURSES
Developing an EAP Syllabus: Approaches and Models
EAP Courses and Subject Discipline Knowledge
EAP Courses and Language Knowledge
PART III: THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EAP COURSES
EAP and Teaching the Writing Skill
EAP and Teaching the Reading Skill
EAP and Teaching the Listening Skill
EAP and Teaching the Speaking Skill/ Critical Thinking and its Development
EAP and Assessment
References
Index


Authors

IAN BRUCE Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and convenor of in-sessional English for Academic Purposes courses at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He is the author of a number of research articles in the field of academic genre studies as well as the 2008 book Academic Writing and Genre.