EAP Workshop

English for Academic Purposes / Englisch als Wissenschaftssprache – Workshop

Workshop leader:
  • Dr. Stefan Serwe (Universität Osnabrück)
  • Frank Lauterbach (Universität Osnabrück)
  • Janna Gerdes (Universität Osnabrück)

Download Programm / Abstracts PDF EAP Workshop

Each workshop starts off with a presentation or a keynote lecture on the respective subtopic. The remainder of the time in each workshop is dedicated to practical, hands-on tasks and exercises which aim to provide EAP practitioners with the opportunity for professional peer-to-peer exchange and reflection.

Donnerstag / Thursday

10:30 – 12:00

EAP Needs Analysis

10:30–11:15, presentation by Assist. Prof. Kenneth Ong Keng Wee (Singapore Institute of Technology): “University + Industry Approach to Curriculum Review and Evaluation of Communication Skills Courses”

11:15–12:00, Workshop

Whose needs are we talking about? And how can I find out more about these needs?

EAP Programmes at German universities are to the best of our knowledge rarely based on a systematic and theoretically grounded analysis of the students‘ actual needs. In this workshop, we aim to find out more about preparing and conducting needs analyses for EAP programmes by considering the range of stakeholders, critically examining the concept of ‘needs’, exploring the variety of methods available to build an effective methodology, and looking at ways of analysing and interpreting the evidence, which can ultimately be used to design a sensible EAP curriculum.

Donnerstag / Thursday

13:00 – 14:30

EAP Curriculum Development

13:00–13:45, presentation by Assist. Prof Katrien Deroey (University of Luxembourg)
„Constructing effective and efficient EAP curricula“

13:45–14:30, Workshop
EAP practitioners are often unsure about the focus of their courses and programmes. Are there core elements to any EAP curriculum – especially in a German context? Are there any important competences that are subject-specific (and, if so, which are these)? Is there a teaching methodology particular to EAP courses? How important is prior placement for EAP or to what extent can students with different language levels be mixed in an EAP course? When does it make sense to use a textbook and when should we design our own materials?

Donnerstag / Thursday

15:00 – 16:30

Grammar & Vocabulary in the EAP Classroom

15:00–16:30, Workshop

Students in the EAP classroom tend to have rather different expectations about course objectives than instructors. For instance, for some participants learning subject specific vocabulary is a major reason for taking an EAP class, while others expect a focus on grammar similar to EFL/ESL courses. These objectives may clash with those of the course designer, whose focus might primarily be on (academic) skills or categories such as style, coherence and cohesion, or genre (to name just a few). The goal of this workshop is to delve deeper into this problem and to explore how to best combine EAP and EFL/ESL approaches.

Freitag / Friday

10:30 – 12:00

EAP Programmes for Doctoral Researchers, Postdocs and Academic Staff10:30–11:15, presentation by Kerstin Gackle (Universität Leipzig): “A Targeted, Two-Fold Approach to Academic Writing”

111:15 – 12:00, Workshop

This workshop deals with doctoral researchers, postdocs and academic staff as a growing target group of EAP students. Given their heterogeneity in terms of English language proficiency, subject background and career stage, it can be challenging to devise programmes tailored to these target groups. In this session/workshop, we would like to discuss how instructors can deal with these challenges. What are the best ways to support doctoral researchers, postdocs and academic staff who would like to or have to switch to English when publishing and/or teaching? Can “traditional” EAP programmes be adopted for these groups, or do they call for new approaches to academic support?

Freitag / Friday

13:00 – 14:30

Teaching Approaches and Materials Development for EAP Online Courses13:00–14:30, peer-sharing-session

EAP Online CoursesSince April 2020 practically all of us had to switch to some form of teaching online, in some form or the other. In this panel, we would like to initiate an exchange of successful experiences and effective teaching practices. What effect has e-learning had on the delivery of EAP courses? Which technologies and/or e-learning approaches are particularly conducive to EAP teaching? What type of content still works best in a traditional face-to-face format? In a nutshell, the goal of this workshop is to gather the best digital practices with respect to EAP instruction in order to determine which digital formats can – or even should – be kept for future practice.