Towards a Critically and Dialogically Mediated EAP

Toh, Glenn
December 2013
Asian EFL Journal;Dec2013, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p212
Academic Journal
This article addresses issues surrounding an interesting development in Japan - the introduction of academic content courses in English at a growing number of Japanese universities - where Japanese has incumbently and traditionally been the medium of instruction. This late development has resulted in a greater demand for the teaching of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The article begins with a discussion of relevant literature concerning the socio-historic nature of knowledge and meaning making and how it relates to the teaching of EAP before a critical examination of matters arising from the author's lived experience of two separate teaching situations involving EAP. The article concludes by noting that matters to do with language, meaning making as well as teacher and student subjectivities need to be considered in EAP course conceptualization and planning.


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