We invite proposals for workshops, lightning talks, posters, and presentations addressing what drives us, as EAP practitioners and researchers, to forge fruitful collaborations with colleagues, and to apply creative approaches to maximise outcomes for learners and for colleagues. We welcome contributions that consider these themes in context, and that confront the structural challenges that face EAP practitioners as individuals and as a community.
We call for contributions on the challenges that may be faced by the learners with whom we work, from critical perspectives, or using a creative approach. Equally, presentations and workshops demonstrating a creative or innovative solution to learners’ challenges are welcome. There is also scope for the investigation of the motivations for and theoretical and practical underpinnings of such solutions.
As EAP extends beyond its traditional home in the academy, we invite proposals which investigate developments in EAP outside the university. The pathway sector, for example, can be a site of innovation as well as a focus for criticism of the impact of the neoliberal agenda on education in general, and on EAP in particular. These tensions and contradictions remain under-researched, and their critical assessment is of clear interest, particularly in view of the many under-reported innovations that take place in this sector. Furthermore, as a group under-represented in the research literature, EAP practitioners and their colleagues from the pathway sector and other non-university contexts are encouraged to submit proposals.
EAP in Ireland is a professional network for those specialising in English for Academic Purposes in Ireland, and for the EAP community worldwide. It offers a platform which reflects and aims to develop the vibrant EAP community, and for the sharing of best practice and research from institutions at all levels of education.
A key aim of this national learning and teaching initiative is to build the visibility and recognition of EAP, and to highlight the key contributions and requirements of EAP in a range of educational environments and contexts.
The development of a variety of approaches to EAP for all disciplines through collaborative partnerships with educational organisations is a core value of EAP in Ireland, as is training, accreditation and community-building through events such as conferences and workshops.