Speaking and listening in EAP

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Date: 8th May 2019

Time: 9:30 – 13:00


Presented By :Lydia Dutcher and Marcella Robertson

The craft of teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) has traditionally been learned by teachers “on the job”, working alongside experienced colleagues, undergoing professional development, and through collaboration with university lecturers. Furthermore, formal training typically focuses on writing and reading. In this workshop, we will focus on approaches to speaking and listening in EAP. These oft- overlooked areas are crucial for student success at university both inside and outside of the classroom.
In this workshop, we will introduce the following aspects of listening and speaking in EAP, guided by the BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers of EAP) framework of competencies and relevant literature: genres of spoken discourse at university;

  • genres of spoken discourse at university;
  • using the ‘rhetorical situation’ as an analytical tool for students and teachers;
  • the concept of ‘joint activity’ to understand and scaffold group work;
  • process listening’ as a technique for developing authentic listening skills.

Participants will experience practical activities for use in the EAP classroom and will gain insights into current best practice in teaching speaking and listening in EAP.