EAP – The medium or the message?
Created: Friday, 02 December 2016 10:48
English for academic purposes (EAP) is the branch of ELT that concerns itself with the study of English in, and for, higher education, Claudia Civinini writes. We wanted to have a taste of the research that powers teaching practice in EAP, and we went right to the source: the courses that prepare future EAP instructors. We talked to Professor Sue Wharton, course leader of the MA English language teaching – EAP and ESP at the University of Warwick, and Dr Heath Rose, course leader of the MSc Teaching English Language in University Settings (TELUS) at the University of Oxford. Their responses focus on the ever-increasing use of English as a medium of instruction (EMI) in higher education, and the changes brought by the use of English as a lingua franca (ELF).
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EL Young learners: Creating a Clil controversy?
Created: Tuesday, 01 November 2016 16:55
Claudia Civinini reports on a controversial new study investigating bilingual education in Spain, while Bilingual Teaching Association president and study authors join the discussion
While many studies highlight a positive link between bilingual programmes (Clil) and foreign language learning, it is not yet clear what impact these programmes have on the learning of the actual content of a subject course taught in a foreign language.
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