Eap English for Academic Purposes

Eap English for Academic Purposes

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English for Academic Purposes

Noor Alqam

Dr. Sami Heeh

English for Academic Purposes

      EAP is the main branch of ESP and EAP is defined as “any English teaching that relates to a study purpose”. Four types of EAP situation should be considered when we practice EAP teaching in tertiary level context: EAP in an English-speaking country, EAP in ESL (English as a second language) situations, EAP situations in which certain subjects are taught in English and EAP situations where subject courses are taught in the national language. Today’s EAP teaching practice employs a number of approaches to highlight the language and discourse of particular academic genres rather than that in academic text.
Key words: English for Academic Purposes (EAP); English for Specific Purposes (ESP); English for Occupational Purposes (EOP); Settings of EAP; study skills
  What is EAP English for Specific Purposes (ESP), according to whey they take place or discipline and professional area, is traditionally divided into two areas: English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) (Dudley-Evans, T., & St John, M., 1998). So it is clear that EAP is the main branch of ESP and EAP is defined as “any English teaching that relates to a study purpose” (Dudley-Evans & St John, 1998, p.34). Other scholars gave their definitions, too. For example, “EAP is concerned with those communicative skills in English which are required for study purposes in formal educational systems” (Jordan, 1997, p.1).

   The history and development of EAPEAP teaching practice has widely carried out for almost 30 years. Every English language teacher of around none-native students in academic contexts would choose to teach “ with a view to the context rather than only to the language” (Hamp-Lyons, 2001, p.126). The term “English for Academic Purposes” was first introduced in 1974 and put into general use in...

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