Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article reports on a corpus-based study of the discourse of university lectures, which aimed to identify linguistic patterns that could help EAP / L2 students with note-taking. It finds some ‘standard’ formulaic expressions, as well as other discourse markers used by lecturers to highlight key terms or concepts.
Reading Time: 5 minutesThis study proposes a New General Service List, compiled on the basis of four language corpora including a total of over 12 billion running words. ‘The New GSL is conceived of as a list of the most frequent English vocabulary [in British English] suitable for both receptive and productive use, primarily intended for beginner learners.’
Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article explores discrepancies between the topics included in ELT textbooks and the actual topics of conversation in English learners’ encounters with peers.
Reading Time: 4 minutesThis article argues that the lesson plan templates most commonly promoted on teacher training programmes are inappropriately premised on an outcomes-based approach to teaching, and instead proposes an affordance-based approach to planning, giving practical suggestions for modifying the template and its role in lesson observations.
Reading Time: 3 minutesIn this article, Swan & Walter criticise top-down approaches to teaching general reading and listening comprehension and highlight what it might be more effective to focus on instead.
Reading Time: 5 minutesTo help EAP students manage the challenges of academic listening, training programmes have been developed; this study investigates the efficacy of a metacognitive strategy training programme on students’ comprehension of academic lectures.
Reading Time: 5 minutesThis article describes different ways of training reading skills in EAP, but argues that delicate scaffolding is most effective at developing students’ higher-order thinking skills and nurturing their critical dispositions as budding academics.