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Corpus-based Grammars and Style Guides

I gave the keynote address at the AWELL Conference a few months ago, and one of the practical suggestions I included in my talk for writing teachers working with English language learners was to try to draw on corpus-based grammars and style guides based on real language use vs. those that try to pass off personal … Continue reading

EAP Reading: Defining the Relationship

Here’s an interesting article that could make for a great reading for a class of EAP students about to enter their degree programs. As summarized by academica.ca: Students need to better understand the role of a professor, writes CHE contributor “I wonder if college students today truly understand the nature of their relationship to professors,” … Continue reading

Chatbots and Academic Writing?

Today I came across this article on a university teaching assistant who was actually a computer. “Ms. Watson” managed to fool students and fellow TAs alike, as “she” quickly and accurately answered the barrage of questions on the online forum for a computer science course in Georgia. Many of the questions this robot, and most of us teaching … Continue reading

AWELL 2016: Keynote Address

I’m giving the keynote address on the opening day of the Academic Writing and English Language Learners (AWELL) conference being held at Saint Mary’s University tomorrow. It’s a really neat conference which brings together a range of people who deal with writing in the university environment: ESL/EAP instructors, writing support centre tutors and administrators, and … Continue reading

Presentation @ IATEFL Birmingham

I’m excited to be presenting at IATEFL Birmingham on the topic of EAP Pathway Program Study and Academic Success at University. My session is on  Friday 15th April at 12:30-13:00 in Executive Room 1. My doctoral research revolves around the teaching and learning of English in the university context, and so I’m hoping some other people working and … Continue reading

TESL Nova Scotia: Beyond the Five-paragraph essay in EAP Writing

I’m presenting at the TESL Nova Scotia conference this weekend. The slides for my presentation can be downloaded here. It’s so much fun to participate in my local ELT association and community!

Exploring EAP at TESL Canada 2015

The article below is my round-up of sessions from the recent TESL Canada conference in Lake Louise. It appeared in the TESL Nova Scotia newsletter. Exploring EAP at TESL Canada 2015 The TESL Canada conference in Lake Louise could most likely go down in the books as the one of the most scenic teachers’ conferences … Continue reading

TESL Canada 2015: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay in EAP Writing

Three colleagues and I are off to Lake Louise to represent the East Coast at the TESL Canada conference being held Oct. 29-Nov.1. I’m doing a tweaked and updated version of my presentation Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay in EAP Writing. Here’s the abstract: The five-paragraph essay is omnipresent in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) coursebooks, despite … Continue reading

BALEAP 2015: Getting Discipline-Specific in the EGAP Classroom (Video)

I presented at BALEAP 2015 via the interwebz back in April, and a video of my presentation is now online! Thanks to Russ Mayne for his role in making this happen.

Having…the talk

One of my colleagues told me this morning that she’s going to be forced to have the talk with a few of her students. No, not the birds and the bees or anything like that; the  your chosen English name sounds ridiculous talk. We’ve all had students who choose to go by an “English” name in … Continue reading

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