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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in UK higher education: examining the impact of EAP’s position within the academy on service delivery, identity and quality

Riddle, Sharon

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Sharon Riddle sharon.l.riddle@durham.ac.uk
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy



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Abstract

This paper will outline a forthcoming PhD project exploring the provision of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) services in UK higher education institutions. Neoliberalism in UK universities has contributed to the extent and importance of EAP, but has also led to many challenges for staff and service delivery, including where EAP is located in HE structures. The study will examine EAP’s position, focusing on questions relating to its role, how EAP practitioners operate, the impact of the position of EAP, and improvement strategies. Three EAP units in different structural positions in higher education will be examined and data will be considered in the light of Bourdieu’s theories of ‘field’, ‘habitus’, ‘capital’ and 'symbolic violence'. It is hoped that the study will shed light on why EAP services are positioned as they are, how this impacts on quality, and how they can reposition to provide more benefit to the academy.

Citation

Riddle, S. (2020). English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in UK higher education: examining the impact of EAP’s position within the academy on service delivery, identity and quality. In H. Axbey, & S. Riddle (Eds.), Imagining Better Education : Conference Proceedings 2019 (71-85)

Conference Name Imagining Better Education 2019
Conference Location Durham
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Aug 19, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 19, 2020
Pages 71-85
Series Title Imagining Better Education
Book Title Imagining Better Education : Conference Proceedings 2019.
ISBN 9780907552246
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1140306
Publisher URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/education/

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