EAP: English for Any Purpose?

By Jonathan H. Green.

Published by The Learner Collection

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EAP (English for Academic Purposes) explicitly aims to support students’ learning tasks in other English-medium academic courses – from writing papers in Anthropology to giving presentations in Zoology. Are EAP courses in fact serving these goals? What, if any, benefit do college students believe they are getting from their English courses? Do instructors in the other disciplines, like Anthropology, perceive students using skills, whether grammar or referencing, they have learnt in the English class? This paper reports on a pilot questionnaire, conducted in an international college in Thailand, for a full study that will attempt to answer these questions. The presentation focusses on preliminary findings as to students' perceptions of what kind of transfer occurs and how it occurs. It raises some concerns that the full study will need to take into account, such as the role of the learner in a transfer framework.

Keywords: Higher Education, English for Academic Purposes, Language Education, Transfer of Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 7, pp.63-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 912.977KB).

Dr. Jonathan H. Green

Lecturer, Humanities and Language Division, Mahidol University International College, Salaya, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand

Jonathan Green’s interest in learning transfer emerged from his background in experiential education in South Africa and has continued through to his present role in language education at Mahidol University International College in Thailand. His professional interests also include bridging the gap between language learning and general education.


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