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: 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: 5 minutesThis article details the rationale and development of a new, easy-to-use scale to measure student comprehensibility. The scale is applicable to multiple L1 backgrounds, does not measure speakers against “natives”, and has practical uses in the classroom.
Reading Time: 4 minutesThis study took place in the US against the backdrop of increasing numbers of international students. The concern of the researchers seems to be that international students in US universities might be perceived differently by EAP teachers as compared to their subject teachers (e.g. a Biology lecturer or a History tutor).
Reading Time: 5 minutesDurrant’s research project on the Academic Vocabulary List reminds us of the need to consider all vocabulary lists with a critical eye
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.