English for Academic Purposes

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ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES

INTRODUCTION:
It is a rapidly growing segment of the English for Specific Purposes sector. It aims to provide learners with the skills needed for academic study in a context of English at higher educational system specifically Tertiary students.

Andy Gillet (University of Hertfordshire):
EAP is a branch of ESP in that the teaching content is matched with the requirements of the learners.

SIGNIFICANCE:
First of all a Question arises,
What kind of language does this course cover?
EAP generally provides coverage of core subject areas that are frequently studied in higher education. The skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening are learned and developed through reading academic texts, writing essays and note-taking, listening to lectures and giving presentations. STEVENS (1988) proposed four complete characteristics of EAP. According to Stevens EAP consists of English language teaching which is: 1. Designed to meet specific needs of the learner.

2. Related to context(i.e particular disciplines and situations) 3. Centered on the language skills.
4. In contrast with general language.

EAP : “ACADEMIC WRITING AND ITS SALIENT FEATURES IN THE LIGHT OF LITERATURE” INTRODUCTION:
Generally academic writing is expected to be precise, semi-formal, impersonal and objective. RICHARD NORDQUIST:
The forms of expository and argumentative prose used by university students and researchers to convey a body of information about a particular subject. It is a process of presenting ideas in a rational, organized, systematic, reasonable and logical way. It includes thesis, essays, reports, book reviews, research papers etc.

TYPES:
1. Descriptive: to represent or characterized something, someone or an event through descriptive words. 2. Expository: to explain or interpret something using details. 3. Narration: to give an account or tell the story of something someone or an event. 4. Argumentative or Persuasive: to induce...
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