Research & Papers Connected to Develop EAP and collaborative learning
Conference Presentation: NFEAP (2021) - Setting the stage for student collaboration This is the PPT for the presentation we gave at the NFEAP 2021 conference, discussing designing and practical ideas for setting up collaborative assignments.
Conference Presentation: BALEAP (2021) - EAP Practitioner Attitudes to Collaborative Assignments: Tensions and Opportunities This is the PPT for the presentation we gave at the BALEAP 2021 conference with preliminary findings from our PhD studies into student collaboration.
Journal Article: Kielikeskus tutkii 4 (2019) - A Student Collaboration in English for Academic Purposes - Theory, Practitioner Perceptions and Reality This paper considers the notion of collaboration in an EAP context with particular reference to how this concept is understood by practitioners. The results of their survey of over sixty teachers and staff show that there is a continuum of views as to what collaboration is seen to be and the views often differ from those found in the literature. It proposes a working definition of collaborative assignments in EAP that can help future design and assessment approaches.
Conference Presentation: EAP in Ireland (2019) - A definition for student collaboration in EAP: Implications for practice This is the PPT for a presentation delivered at EAP in Ireland 2019, in University College Cork, which discusses the practical implications of a definition for student collaboration in EAP could impact assignment design, delivery and assessment.
Conference Presentation: BALEAP (2019) - Are we talking about the same thing: researcher and teacher perspectives of student collaboration This is the PPT for a presentation delivered at BALEAP 2019, in Leeds University, which discusses the gap between researcher and practitioner conceptions of collaboration and puts forward a a proposed definition for collaboration in EAP.
Journal Article: Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education (2018) - A framework to support group essay writing in English for Academic Purposes: A case study from an English-medium instruction context In English for academic purposes courses, group oral presentations are quite common but essay writing tends to be seen as an individual endeavour, albeit with scope for peer review. This article discusses action research reflecting on student perceptions of a framework to support students through a semester-long collaborative essay assignment in an English-medium instruction university in Macau. The framework presented incorporates collaborative and individual assignment tasks, assisted by information and communications technology, to support the collaborative process and facilitate the assessment of the individual within the group. Even though writing in a group may take more time and effort, it is viewed favourably by the majority of students due to the additional learning gains to be made by writing collaboratively, including the increased quality of ideas and the social interactions (face-to-face and online) required to come to agreement.
Conference Presentation: IATEFL/ZHAW (2018) - Looking Behind The Curtain: using technology to facilitate and assess group essay writing in EAP This is the PPT for a presentation which discusses how we locate different e-tools in a group essay writing assignment to facilitate student collaboration.
Webinar: British Council (2017) - Building sustainability into an EAP course In this webinar we discuss our ELTons award winning course, Develop EAP, detailing our approach to course design, the benefits of using the UN's Sustainable Development Goals as the content of EAP courses and some key features of Develop EAP, including an overview of a framework to support student collaborative writing. The webinar can be accessed by clicking on the title slide below
Journal Article: The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL (2017) - A Slow (R)evolution: Developing a Sustainable EGAP Course This paper discusses the background and principles underpinning Develop EAP and charts its development from conceptualisation to its current form.
Conference Presentation: BALEAP (2017) - Student Perceptions of a Collaborative Essay Assignment (April 2017) This is the PPT from our presentation at BALEAP in Bristol in 2017, reviewing the use of a group essay assignment and student perceptions (shared on slideshare.net)
Conference Presentation: BALEAP (2017) - Sustainable Development Goals for a Sustainable EGAP Course This is the PPT for a presentation which discusses the value of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for an EAP course, given their accessibility, wide scope, and relevance. It also demonstrates the value of implementing Backward Design in order to develop a strong course framework.
Conference Selections: IATEFL 2017 - Developing a sustainable EGAP course This paper discusses the development of a framework for an EGAP course which provides a high level of flexibility and adaptability and demonstrate why the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals are such a rich resource for EAP courses.
Conference Selections: IATEFL 2016 - Undergraduate collaborative essays: constructive, not a cop-out This paper outlines the rationale for using collaborative writing assignments in EAP and how those assignments can be scaffolded to help students during the group writing process.
Research into Academic Presentations & Course Materials
Journal Article - IEEE TALE (2016) - Bringing The Outside World In: Using Mixed Panel Assessment Of Oral Presentations With Electrical and Electronic Engineering Students This article discusses the use of a mixed panel of technical experts and non-experts to assess Engineering students academic oral presentations.
Journal Article: Folio (2015) - Developing A Closer Understanding of Academic Oral Presentations This article reviews a project into the expectations faculty lecturers have of student presentations in university and evaluates how well commercial EAP presentation books meet those expectations.
Conference Presentation: Association for Academic Language and Learning Conference (2013) - Mixed Panel Assessment of Oral Presentations This is the PPT from our presentation analysing the use of a mixed panel to assess end of semester presentations by electrical and electronic engineering students, describing the advantages of a mixed panel for engaging students more thoroughly and adding necessary authenticity to the presentation task
Conference Presentation: The Sixth CLS International Conference (2014) -Substance Over Style: Meaningful Academic Oral Presentations This is the PPT for our presentation outling the importance of oral presentations in an EAP course, with particular focus on moving beyond developing technical presentation skills to tasks which promote academically sound presentations.
Conference Presentation: University of Macau ELC Conference (2014) - Oral Presentation Tasks: Making the most of the trojan horse This presentation looked at the benefits of using oral presentation tasks and what the expectations should be of academically sound presentations. It then discussed different activities and strategies that could be used to exploit presentation tasks to their fullest.
Journal Article: Folio (2014) - Materials Adaptation of EAP Materials by Experienced Teachers: Parts 1 & 2 These papers examine how experienced teachers used published textbook materials, highlighting the range of approaches (adapting, expanding, omitting) teachers employ.
Article: English Teaching Professional (2013) - The Coursebook As Trainer This article discusses the role of teaching materials in the professional development of teachers.