BAAL CL SIG Event: Core Corpus Skills for Academic Purposes Event

There is little or no mention of corpora in much of the guidance for EAP teacher and learner training. For example, neither BALEAP’s TEAP Accreditation Scheme Handbook (2014) or Competency Framework for Teachers of EAP (2008) make explicit reference to corpora or corpus linguistic approaches, and BALEAP’s Can Do Framework for EAP Syllabus Design and Assessment (2013) treats corpora as text repositories only. Such omissions are surprising because corpus-based work can greatly inform our understanding of discourse, particularly in terms of disciplinary difference.

The aim of this one-day event, held on January 14 2021, was to discuss the role corpora play in EAP teaching (morning session), and to plug the current gap in documentation relating to core corpus skills for academic purposes (afternoon session). The full details with slides and recordings of some very interesting talks can be found here:

Symposium: BAWE 10 years on (June 2019)

This event was held at the Coventry University London Campus on the afternoon of Friday 7th June and all day Saturday 8th June 2019 and the programme was as follows:

Friday   7th June

14.15- 15.00 Tom Cobb, Université du Québec à Montréal: ‘What do learners actually do with a corpus?’

15.00 – 15.45 Short talks on the use of BAWE in lessons and materials:  Sian Alsop, Coventry University,  Maria Leedham, Open University and Paul Wickens: Oxford Brookes University.

15.45- 16.15 Break

16.15 – 17.00 Mick O’Donnell, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid: ‘The automatic annotation of BAWE’

17.00 – 17.45 Roy Cross, British Council: ‘Writing for a Purpose, developments and use’

Saturday  8th June

10.15 – 11.00 Peter Crosthwaite, University of Queensland: ‘Taking DDL online:  Student engagement with the BAWE through short private online courses’

11.00- 11.30 Michelle Evans, University of Leeds: ‘Using the BAWE genre family classification to explore university genres in Vietnam’ 

11.30 -12.00 Karin Whiteside, University of Reading: ‘Utilising the BAWE Genre Family Framework to redesign a discipline-specific in-sessional provision: An analysis of core module PGT Business School genres’

12.00 – 13.00 lunch

13.00 – 13.45 Shari Dureshahwar Lughmani, English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University: ‘The influence of BAWE on teaching academic writing at universities in Hong Kong’

13.45 – 14.15 Ursula Wingate & Andrew Drummond, Kings College London: ‘Applying the BAWE genre families’

14.15 – 14.45 Benet Vincent & Hilary Nesi, Coventry University: ‘BAWE Quicklinks for DDL’

14.45 – 15.00 tea

15.00– 15.30 panel roundup