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Teacher Talking Time 06: Discourse Approaches to Teaching EAP (1)

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These events are conceived with LYE’s initiative in mind: to change the way teachers and educators perceive further education in our field.

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English for Academic Purposes has blossomed into a substantial sub-field in our industry, yet there is still a lack of many practical resources for instructors to help get their students where they need to be. Further, we've found that the majority of resources that are out there don't help students navigate through discourse - they are mainly at sentence level. This affects all four skills, but when students are unable to process texts and identify patterns therein, their production also has similar pitfalls. We find this especially difficult in their writing.

For this reason, we've dedicated two Teacher Talking Time events to just that: strategies to help your students achieve their goals in academic writing.

The break-down is as follows:

Oct 3: The End-weight principle

Nov 7: Lexical Chains

Come prepared to learn, reflect, participate, and connect.

The session runs from 5:30 to 7:00, with a post-session analysis and discussion at a local pub afterwards.

A Little about the End-weight Principle:

Cohesion and coherence is a common problem in academic writing. Paragraphs learners produce can make sense, but the individual sentences don't link together. The End-weight principle looks at this and how reading can help facilitate cohesive writing.

Some things that are common in the English language are:

  • hearing the "new information" towards the end of the sentence. This principle is called end focus.
  • expecting more words after the verb than before.

We can improve our writing style through various discourse-based rules which promote end focus.

About Teacher Talking Time:

Teacher Talking Time is Learn YOUR English's teacher education series. We host 8-10 informal events annually with the aim of developing a community of teachers who love to learn and develop together. Our vision at LYE is to change how professional development is conducted in our industry, and this is one of the ways we hope to achieve that. Each session it three-pronged: theory, activities, and design/application.

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