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PIM: EAP and Intercultural Communication

17th June 2022 @ 9:00am - 5:10pm

£20.00 – £150.00

The Language Centre at the University of Leeds hosted a one-day Professional Issues Meeting (PIM) on the relationship between Intercultural Communication and EAP on Friday 17th June, 2022. The PIM was held on campus at the University of Leeds and presentations were live-streamed where possible. Colleagues were also able to submit and view recorded presentations online.


Plenary Speakers

Professor Prue Holmes, University of Durham

Professor Adrian Holliday, Canterbury Christ Church

Both plenary speakers are leading scholars in intercultural education and have considerable experience in ‘EAP-related’ activities working with students from diverse disciplinary and linguistic backgrounds in HE contexts.

Rationale and themes

Intercultural communication (IC) is a well-established area of linguistics, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics and yet its explicit relationship to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) can be overlooked or articulated only indirectly.

Lecturers, tutors and practitioners in EAP are often interested in interculturality or intercultural communication from various perspectives including the role of intercultural communication and awareness in academic contexts. EAP practitioners, like many of the students we teach, are often cultural sojourners to academic disciplines in which they may not be typical subject experts. In this sense, we might use our linguistic, intercultural and ethnographic knowledge and expertise to understand the genres, literacies, expectations and practices of particular disciplines and academic communities, as well as of the larger academic culture in higher education institutions.

Themes or issues which presenters may wish to address:

  • Overlaps between EAP and IC
  • Conceptualising academic culture(s) and interculturality
  • Identity and othering in EAP and IC
  • Approaches to intercultural education and pedagogy
  • Academic literacies and IC
  • [How] Is Transnational Education (TNE) intercultural?
  • [How] Is working with other disciplines intercultural?
  • EAP and ‘inter’ national / ‘inter’ cultural classrooms
  • Politics and policies in the ‘global’ university
  • Developing intercultural competencies in ourselves and our students
  • Intercultural Challenges and EAP
  • Intercultural rhetoric


Please see the attached document for the details of the plenaries and talks: PIM EAP and IC Programme Friday 17 June

Some of the talks have been pre-recorded and they can watched below or through the BALEAP YouTube channel

PowerPoint Slides from selected presentations/workshops

Liz Molyneux_Internationalisation of the curriculum what does it mean for EAP_What does it mean for EAP

Debra Jones_Towards an intercultural pedagogy what role can EAP play

Christina Laporda_Re-defining Intercultural Competence

Matthew Thurston_Developing positive global attitudes in a TNE environment

Matthew Ketteringham et al._Developing intercultural communication in a TNE

Jim McKinley_Fostering intercultural competence

Adrian Holliday_Unlocking the intercultural expertise our students bring with them

Deirdre McKenna_The impact of an in-sessional EAP programme

Victoria Jack_Assessing transcultural communication_ handing over to the students

Video Recordings

These will be made available soon.


17th June 2022
9:00am - 5:10pm
£20.00 – £150.00
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