Digitally Powered EAP Pathways Beyond the Skill-and-Drill

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Date: 10th May 2018

Time: 14:45 – 15:30

Room: Parkview 2

Presented by: Thomas Roche

English for Academic Purposes pathway programs play an important role in the higher education sector globally preparing increasing numbers of international students for English-medium university degrees.  This presentation reports on a study of how embedding explicit digital literacy tuition in an EAP pathway program can impact on students’ performance in, and perception of difficulties in subsequent undergraduate study. I show how accessing undergraduate study via a university EAP pathway with an explicit digital literacy focus results in students developing a better understanding of academic integrity practices, text ownership in digital spaces, university course rules and that EAP
pathway students have less difficulty in their undergraduate studies than peers who enter via a traditional skill-and-drill EAP pathway.  Practical strategies for embedding digital literacy practices in EAP programs will also be discussed. Come beyond the clicks, beeps and swooshes of digital tools to focus on foundational digital literacy practices needed for success in higher education.