Material matters: The case for English for Academic Purposes as subject matter of university language courses

Caroline Brandt (Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE)

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives

ISSN: 2077-5504

Article publication date: 1 June 2008

Issue publication date: 1 June 2008

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Abstract

This study investigated undergraduate preparation of English as a Second Language (ESL) students through English for Academic Purposes courses, in relation to recipient subject lecturers’ expectations. Qualitative data were gathered from 36 faculty teaching ESL undergraduates in nine countries. A two-phase approach included seeking discursive responses to questionnaires from faculty and information about curricula. Outcomes highlighted difficulties with material selection for EAP tutors. Tutors chose between ‘general interest’ or ‘discipline-specific’ material, but reported that the former could lead to oversimplification or discipline irrelevance, while the latter usually requires some specialized subject knowledge which may be beyond tutors’ remit. Addressing this, it is suggested that articles about EAP-related topics can form the subject matter of EAP courses with significant benefits. In particular, they can simultaneously provide students with models of academic writing, while the content reinforces skills needed for successful study.

Citation

Brandt, C. (2008), "Material matters: The case for English for Academic Purposes as subject matter of university language courses ", Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 25-38. https://doi.org/10.18538/lthe.v5.n1.04

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Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008 Caroline Brandt

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