English for academic purposes

Research in the area of English for academic purposes (EAP) investigates topics such as classroom practices and assessment as they relate the teaching and learning of English for academic purposes. This may include a focus on listening, reading, writing or speaking in academic settings as well as broader issues such as what it means to be a second language student in an academic setting where English is the medium. Recent years have also seen a particular emphasis on what is called advanced academic literacies research, such as second language thesis and dissertation writing, and the multiple literacy requirements of second language students in academic settings. Another theme is identity; specifically, the study of how students both negotiate and develop their identities as they increase their participation in academic communities. Research also makes increased use of computers to carry out corpus-based studies of the use of English in academic settings.

Researchers in this area include:

Professor Brian Paltridge Professor, Research Development Coordinator; Director - TESOL Research Network
Keywords: Discourse analysis, academic writing, English for specific purposes
Dr Aek Phakiti Senior Lecturer in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Keywords: strategic competence, metacognition, second language reading, language testing and assessment, second language acquisition, research methods
Dr Marie Stevenson Lecturer in TESOL; Convenor of MEd TESOL
Honorary Senior Lecturer Lindy Woodrow Honorary Senior Lecturer in TESOL; Director, China Education Centre; Research Training Manager
Keywords: English-language learning, Confucian-heritage learners, second-language motivation, anxiety and self-beliefs, academic writing, international students
Professor Jack C Richards Honorary Professor
Keywords: Language Teacher Education, Methodology in Language Teaching, Curriculum Design and Materials Development
Mr Martin Parisio PhD candidate; Teacher of ICT in Education; Postgraduate Fellow; Teaching Assistant - Master of Learning Science and Technology; Faculty Learning Spaces Review Working Party Member
Keywords: Learning and teaching, educational design, teaching as design, higher education
Dr Sabrin Farooqui Sessional Lecturer and Tutor