Theory and Concepts of English for Academic Purposes (Paperback) by Bruce Ian
The rapidly growing field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at once requires a strong theoretical and conceptual framework for developing courses built on the acknowledgement that EAP is a needs-driven learner centred activity. Now in paperback this book proposes principles for the organisation of goals and objectives and the selection of content of an EAP syllabus. Addressing the needs-driven nature of EAP course design Ian Bruce examines approaches to theorizing and engaging with and researching academic subject communities including their written and spoken genres. The book then outlines the more specific details of 'fleshing out' a syllabus into a full course with a particular focus on the types of language processing and outputs required by university courses. Bruce also addresses the issue of the development of critical thinking and performance-based assessment within the context of an EAP course and discusses the academic knowledge and skills of EAP teachers with reference to the Competency Framework for Teachers of English for Academic Purposes.