EAP: English for any purpose?

Green, Jonathan H. (2008) EAP: English for any purpose? The International Journal of Learning, 15 (7). pp. 63-72. ISSN 1447-9494

Abstract

EAP (English for Academic Purposes) explicitly aims to support students' learning tasks in other English-medium academic courses – from writing papers in Anthropology to giving presentations in Zoology. Are EAP courses in fact serving these goals? What, if any, benefit do college students believe they are getting from their English courses? Do instructors in the other disciplines, like Anthropology, perceive students using skills, whether grammar or referencing, they have learnt in the English class? This paper reports on a pilot questionnaire, conducted in an international college in Thailand, for a full study that will attempt to answer these questions. The presentation focusses on preliminary findings as to students' perceptions of what kind of transfer occurs and how it occurs. It raises some concerns that the full study will need to take into account, such as the role of the learner in a transfer framework.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright is attributed to the author. Access restricted to paper at author's request.
Depositing User: Mr Jonathan Green
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2011 02:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 05:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; english for academic purposes; language education; transfer of learning
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18384

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