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What is this thing called academic English language proficiency?

Submitted by Larissa Goulart da Silva on Sat 16 Apr, 10:33

Pamela Humphreys By 2012, 4.5 million students were studying abroad in English medium universities that's why we should be interested in EAP proficiency. English is a critical factor for these students inserted in EMI contexts. In the 80s communicative competence became famous with ideas on grammatical knowledge, discourse, sociolinguistic and strategic skills. In the 90s Bachman proposed the communicative language ability framework and since then many other researchers have addressed the Communicative teaching framework. But what about a framework for EAP?

Stories in the classroom

Submitted by Larissa Goulart da Silva on Sat 16 Apr, 09:57

Life-changing stories for teaching English to university students

Submitted by Larissa Goulart da Silva on Sat 16 Apr, 09:42

Maria Cyrankowska one of the IATEFL scholarships started her presentation telling Leon Tolstoy 3 questions to show us the importance of the present time and the people with whom we are talking to. She used the same story to her students to bring their attention to the classroom. She uses stories with her students because she believes that the English class is not only to teach reading, speaking, listening and writing, but also compassion, understanding of others...

1966 and all that: a critical history of ELT

Submitted by Larissa Goulart da Silva on Sat 16 Apr, 09:28

Scott Thornbury took us through English language teaching research, methodology and coursebooks in the last 50 years.

Public school EFL teachers - challenges and proposals

Submitted by Larissa Goulart da Silva on Fri 15 Apr, 16:14

Lavaughn presented about public schools in Brazil. Although 90% of Brazilians surveyed said they studied English in public schools 58% said they had no knowledge of English. Is this a problem with public school education? How is ELTing in public schools in Brazil? Her research looked at the laws related to ELT, interviewed teachers and surveyed agents involved in public education.

Shakespeare in the ELT classroom

Submitted by Larissa Goulart da Silva on Fri 15 Apr, 14:50

This presentation is a combination of lots of things that I love: Shakespeare, ELT and Chris Lima (a former Hornby from Brazil). Her presentation focuses on encouraging teachers to use Shakespeare's texts with students, moving beyond quotes to the analysis and deep understanding of the whole text. In her context at the university of Leicester she teaches EAP courses on Shakespeare for foreigner students. She engages students by making the plays relevant to students, by discussing the topics addressed on the plays and by making it memorable.

Learning academic vocabulary through a discovery-based approach

Submitted by Larissa Goulart da Silva on Fri 15 Apr, 14:00

Nicole Keng discussed her experience as an English teacher in Finland for advanced undergraduate student. Students wanted to learn more about extensive reading and technical vocabulary. So she used sketch engine in class, students had to compile a vocabulary learning profile and students also constructed their own corpora of English based on their class notes.

Guiding EAP learners to autonomously use corpora

Submitted by Larissa Goulart da Silva on Fri 15 Apr, 13:41

Daniel Ruelle presented one experience of using corpora with Vietnamese students. He decided to use corpora in the classroom because it promotes learner autonomy and it raises students awareness specially showing to students that direct translation doesn't work to produce English for different contexts. He used Netspeak which is a very user friendly website and linggle which allows students to search by parts of speech. All his slides are available on j.MP/iateflcorpora

Exploring EAP teachers' familiarity and experiences of corpora

Submitted by Larissa Goulart da Silva on Fri 15 Apr, 13:26

Rachel Peacock presented how EAP teachers' perceive and use corpora in the classroom. In her survey most teachers never used corpora because they did not know it existed or did not know how to use it. Teachers surveyed said that they recommended some Corpus related sites to students but analysing the websites the researcher perceived that they weren't user friendly.

David Crystal is on the iatefl stand

Submitted by Larissa Goulart da Silva on Fri 15 Apr, 12:33

I've just got an autograph by David Crystal who is at the IATEFL stand.