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ERIC Number: EJ793068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 107
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Credit-Based Discipline Specific English for Academic Purposes Programmes in Higher Education: Revitalizing the Profession
Melles, Gavin; Millar, Geoff; Morton, Janne; Fegan, Suzanne
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v4 n3 p283-303 2005
In the UK, North America and Australia, credit-bearing discipline specific English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are seen as a challenge to remedial views of English as a Second Language and a key element in revitalizing a profession on the periphery of the institution. However, the EAP field has to confront not only institutional challenges to its acceptability as a discipline but also tensions within the field. In this article we examine the tensions which underpin current and future directions in the field, review the development of credit-based EAP courses in the US, UK and Australia, and illustrate our discussion with a case study from the University of Melbourne. We conclude by arguing that discipline specific credit-based EAP offers promising hope for the future of the EAP discipline in higher education, but that to achieve this end the field and practitioners need to find a position between critique of and accommodation to discipline specific content. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; North America; United Kingdom