Eap: English for any Purpose?

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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
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Jonathan H. Green

Lecturer, Humanities and Language Division, Mahidol University International College
Salaya, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand

Jonathan Green has been working in Asia for the past nine years. He presently lectures at Mahidol University International College in Thailand. His professional interests include bridging the gap between language instruction and the disciplines, and he has recently started doctoral research in this area.

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