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EAP as a Learning Community: New Opportunities & Directions

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EAP as a Learning Community: New Directions and Opportunities

October 6, 2018

Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland



Overview of the Organisation


EAP in Ireland is a new and developing professional network organisation for those specialising in English for Academic purposes in Ireland, and the EAP community worldwide. It offers a platform to develop and reflect the vibrant EAP community of shared practices and research within individual institutions of all levels of education.


Building recognition and visibility of EAP, as well as highlighting the key contributions and requirements for EAP within each educational environment, is a key aim of this national teaching and learning initiative.


The development of a variety of approaches to EAP for all subjects, through collaborative partnerships with educational organisations, is a core value of EAP in Ireland, as well as training, accreditation, conferences and collaboration.


Conference Theme


The role, perception and status of EAP are changing. While it has traditionally been seen as a support service for those who do not identify themselves as proficient in Academic English, in recent years, many educational institutions have begun to recognise that the academic development opportunities offered by EAP is beneficial – even crucial – for students at all levels of education from post-primary onwards. Indeed, educators and institutions have begun to issue calls for academic development to be embedded in post-primary and tertiary curricula. This would suggest that the historical model, in which EAP has been seen as a reactive support largely for international students, is losing currency.


In view of these changes and developments, it is critical that EAP professionals develop a community of practice in which links between research and practice can be fostered, with a view to building an evidence base which will allow the profession confidently to assert itself at all levels “of education over the coming years. The aim of this conference is to act as the starting point for the construction of this community of practice, and to start the conversation about present and future directions and opportunities for the discipline. It aims to ensure that through this discussion, the EAP community is equipped to meet the challenges and grasp the opportunities ahead, as well as to shape future developments in the field. It aims to empower EAP professionals to strengthen the position of their discipline and to effect meaningful educational and social change at this exciting juncture.


As such, the conference committee is interested in proposals for papers, posters, workshops, or panels engaging with the key debates and themes within the field at the moment, which include, but are not limited to:


  • EAP to date: origins, state of the art, the future

  • Innovations in EAP Pedagogy: Approach, Method, Methodology

  • EAP teacher education

  • EAP management

  • Critical approaches to EAP

  • Curriculum and assessment

  • Language development and/vs. study readiness

  • EAP and the disciplines: fostering understanding, encouraging collaboration

  • The position of EAP within institutions

  • Developments of/in pathway programmes

  • EAP within post-primary education

  • Humanistic approaches to EAP

  • Action research in EAP

  • Corpus Linguistics and EAP

  • Digital literacies in EAP

  • EAP and creativity


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Academic Journal


We advise that EAP in Ireland plans to publish the inaugural issue of its scholarly journal in Summer, 2019. A fully open-access, double blind peer-reviewed publication, the journal will serve to publish and disseminate original research articles, book reviews, conference reports, and occasional project reports. Its emphasis is on the discussion and analysis of cutting-edge developments in EAP pedagogy as well as best practice is EAP teaching, learning, and assessment. The editors are interested in driving the debate about the role, status, perception and future(s) of EAP, and in helping to shape the research agenda in this burgeoning field. It will value the insights of experienced researchers and practitioners, while placing an accent on championing the work of emerging and early career researchers in the field. Further information will be available to delegates on the day of the conference, and informal queries can be directed to Marian Hurley at journal@eapinireland.org.

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