English for Academic Purposes and Discourse analysis

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English for academic purposes (EAP) is an approach to language education based on identifying the specific language features, discourse practices and communicative skills of target academic groups. It is sensitive to contexts of discourse and action, and seeks to develop research-based pedagogies to assist study, research or publication in English. While some EAP research looks at the ways language relates to local contexts and practices, it is generally understood as a text-oriented approach. Teachers try to identify the diversity of disciplinary discourses in the academy and encourage students to engage analytically with target discourses and develop a critical understanding of the contexts in which they are used. This chapter shows how discourse analysis is central to this enterprise by offering an overview of its importance, outlining something of my own contribution to the area, and making some predictions about future research directions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis
EditorsMichael Handford, James Paul Gee
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9781003035244
ISBN (Print)9780367473839
Publication statusPublished - May 2023

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