BALEAP supports the professional development of those involved in learning, teaching, scholarship and research in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). It was founded in 1972 as SELMOUS (Special English Language Materials for Overseas University Students) and changed its name to The British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes in 1989 and then to BALEAP in 2010.
Its aims are to:
Members have access to a number of benefits, including a discussion list through which they can engage in discussion on topics of mutual concern, engage in informal consultancy or surveys, and obtain advice about testing, materials for courses, syllabus design, recruitment.
EAP = English for Academic Purposes
PIM = Professional Issues Meeting (sometimes understood as “Professional Interest Meeting”)
ResTES = Research Training Event Series
TEAP = principally “Teaching EAP”, but often meant to refer to TEAP Portfolio Accreditation for Individuals.
BAS = BALEAP Accreditation Scheme, which oversees both institutional and individual accreditation; most often, BAS is used to refer to the institutional accreditation scheme.
JEAP = Journal of EAP, a journal published by Elsevier and which is included as a benefit of BALEAP membership for institutions and individuals
BALEAP = this is not an acronym now, but the name of our organisation. It goes back to our previous name (until 2010): British Association of Lectures in English for Academic Purposes