January 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
CPD-LG.61 and CPD-LG.62, LG/F Central Podium, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong

As a field of academic inquiry and research, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) has expanded and deepened in recent decades in terms of its theoretical and empirical foundations. While EAP teachers can now draw on the burgeoning literature on a range of specialisms within the field for knowledge to inform their practice, there is little published research on EAP teachers’ own professional learning (Campion, 2016). Explorations of EAP practitioners’ education and development are limited (Basturkmen, 2014). Belcher (2012) observes that the ‘community that ESP professionals know the least about is their own’ (p. 544) with a tendency to neglect the needs of ESP/EAP practitioners (Richards, 1997).

This colloquium aims to explore the extent to which EAP teachers can learn from one another, in particular to develop expertise in EAP teaching, by addressing such key questions as:

  • What are the core competencies of expert EAP teachers?
  • What are the best practices of effective EAP teachers?
  • How can we develop expertise in EAP teaching?

Ten EAP teachers with expertise in various areas from five language centres will share their professional journeys as well as how they have developed their expertise over time.

Drawing together key ideas and inspirations from reflective discussion, scenario analysis, sharing of experiences, exchanging ideas and follow up research readings, teacher-participants will gain a deeper and more critical understanding of main issues in teaching EAP, best practices of effective EAP teachers, and how teacher expertise in EAP teaching can be propelled. This colloquium also aims to identify collaboration opportunities for inquiring into expertise in EAP teaching in our contexts to enhance EAP teacher development and strengthen professionalism among EAP practitioners in Hong Kong higher education.

Come and participate in the Colloquium to learn, share and get inspired. Teachers from the Language Centres of the 8 UGC-funded universities are all welcome. The event will be followed by a self-pay lunch for further networking.


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