Portal:EAP

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1 Portal: English for Academic Purposes

English for academic purposes (EAP) is a fairly broad area that includes topics such as:

  • academic English writing
  • presentation and public speaking skills, e.g., for classroom, conferences, and work
  • lecturing in English, e.g., English medium instruction (EMI)
  • English for specific academic fields
  • academic/professional writing, e.g., for job seeking or career advancement
  • English pronunciation, especially for technical terminology and for academic contexts
  • high-level grammar, e.g., usage of determiners, participle clauses, discourse markers, relative clauses, and paragraph structure

These and other topics will be added here over time.


1.1 Featured topics

1.1.1 Conducting classes

  1. Classroom & lecture expressions - signposting / transitionals and other expressions] [Revised, Aug. 2012]
  2. Questions: Using questions and leading class discussions

1.1.2 Word choice

  1. Typical collocation errors [Collocations are words that typically go together, e.g., verb + prep. combinations like 'rely on, different from,' which ESL learners often have difficulties with.

1.1.3 Academic writing

  1. Paraphrasing techniques

1.1.4 Korean English errors

  1. Word choice issues for Koreans
  2. Konglish expressions to avoid


1.2 EAP topics


1.3 Youtube Videos

I hope to upload Youtube videos later on specific EAP topics, in 2016 or 2017.

  1. English pronunciation skills for students and teachers [CTL]
  2. Conducing classes & lectures in English (for teachers) [CTL]
  3. Freedom from English (세바시): A talk by Kent Lee on how not to learn English, and how to learn it the right way - so that it does not become a form of bondage or slavery, but a useful tool for you. A talk from the 세바시 [세상을 바꾸는 시간 15분, Korean CBS-TV].


You can find many examples of good speakers to learn from on Youtube and TED.com. For examples of academic lectures in your field or related fields, try OCW sites (OpenCourseWare) - these are sites where universities have made class lectures freely available to the public. Such lectures are materials that you can learn from to improve your English lecture skills, as well as your speaking and teaching skills. Many of these sites can be found via Google, but here are a few to start with.

  1. TED.com
  2. http://www.ocwconsortium.org www.ocwconsortium.org (Listings of major OCW universities)
  3. University OCW
  4. Sookmyung Univ. OCW [숙대]]
  5. MIT OCW
  6. Berkeley webcast
  7. http://oyc.yale.edu Open Yale
  8. http://ocw.tufts.edu Tufts OCW
  9. http://ocw.jhsph.edu Johns Hopkins OCW
  10. http://ocw.umb.edu UMass-Boston OCW
  11. http://mycourses.med.harvard.edu/public Harvard Medical School
  12. Stanford on iTunes
  13. University of Michigan
  14. University of California - Irvine
  15. Harvard-MIT Health Sci/Tech



1.4 PDF Handouts

1.4.1 Classroom expressions, writing & discourse

  1. Classroom & lecture expressions - signposting / transitionals and other expressions] [Revised, Aug. 2012]
  2. Questions: Using questions and leading class discussions

1.4.2 Word choice and word formation

  1. Paraphrasing & summarizing
  2. Paraphrasing techniques

1.4.3 Korean English errors

  1. Word choice issues for Koreans
  2. Konglish expressions to avoid
  3. Typical collocation errors [Collocations are words that typically go together, e.g., verb + prep. combinations like 'rely on, different from,' which ESL learners often have difficulties with.

1.4.4 Word formation

  1. English morphology: Summary of Latin & Greek word formation
  2. morphology: Morphemes in order of level or acquisition
  3. Phrasal verbs: Summary of meanings of 'up' and 'over' in phrasal verbs
  4. List of essential academic vocabulary: the 570 essential words (word groups) needed for general academic English


1.4.5 Pronunciation

For more, see the Phonology & Pronunciation Portal.
  1. Common English pronunciation problems for Koreans
  2. Improving your pronunciation


1.4.6 Jargon and colloquialisms

  1. Medical slang used by doctors and nurses


1.4.7 Tutoring guides (for helping students in courses taught in English)

The training manuals for tutors contain some of the handouts on these web pages of mine.

  1. Writing tutors manual
  2. Presentation, discussion, & debate tutors manual
  3. General tutoring manual


1.5 English medium instruction


1.6 Links



1.7 List of portals