Eap: English for any Purpose?
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? In an effort to help administrators and teachers better tailor their English programs to serve goals of learning transfer, this paper reports on a pilot study, conducted in an international college in Thailand, that attempts to answer some of these questions. The presentation focusses on perceptions of what kind of transfer occurs, how it occurs, and how stakeholders may benefit from this knowledge.
Keywords: Higher Education, English for Academic Purposes, Language Education, Transfer of Learning
Dr. Jonathan H. Green
Lecturer, Humanities and Language Division, Mahidol University International College