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PIM: EAP for a more Sustainable World

3rd March 2023 @ 9:30am - 3:30pm


BALEAP PIM: How can EAP contribute to teaching and learning for a fairer, fitter future?

Pathways Programmes, Oxford Brookes University

Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 highlights the pivotal role of education in driving the urgent changes needed for a more just and sustainable future.

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All EAP leaders and practitioners hold a unique position to sketch out the conceptual ground for sustainability education, as they set the scene for academic study in HE. Staples of EAP expertise such as scaffolded learning, reflective practice, communicative and collaborative learning, critical thinking skills and student-centred pedagogies are also key to teaching and learning for sustainability.

This BALEAP PIM aims to build on these EAP strengths and share complementary knowledge, resources and networking potential to enable educators from multiple disciplinary backgrounds to embed transformative sustainability education into any course, at any level.

Come and join some of the leading experts in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) driving ‘an educational change agenda allowing us to look critically at how the world is and to envision how it might be, supporting learners to create and pursue visions of a better world’ (Advance HE QAA ESD Guidance, 2021: p.8).

Keynote Speakers

Professor Simon Kemp is an award-winning academic recognised for his student-focused work in ESD and employability through the Times Higher Education ‘Most Innovative Teacher of Year’, a National Teaching Fellowship, and the Green Gowns ‘Sustainability Professional of the Year’ awards. He is the University Lead in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at the University of Southampton and responsible for embedding sustainable development across the whole of the university curricula and student experience. He was Co-Chair for the 2021 Advance HE and QAA ESD Guidance document.

Dr Isabel Rimanoczy is an academic devoted to promoting change accelerators. She developed the Sustainability Mindset framework by studying business leaders who championed corporate initiatives with a positive impact on the environment and the community, and created the PRME Working Group on Sustainability Mindset, an international cohort of academics promoting a sustainability mindset with their students. She is the author of ten books, including Stop Teaching and The Sustainability Mindset Principles: A Guide for Educators to Shape a Better World.

PIM Strands

Themes for the PIM are drawn from the UNESCO ESD Competency framework (2017) to prompt responses to Stephen Sterling’s critical question: ‘How should – and how can – education and learning be re-thought and re-configured to make a significant and central contribution to achieving a more sustainable and just world?’ The themes are intentionally broad, as the aim is to share good practice, develop ideas and inspire others – so select the strand best fitted to your proposal area.

Ways of thinking

  • How can we guide students to new ways of thinking about their roles in a complex, challenging and changing world?
  • Where might you be developing socially and environmentally critical thinking, futures thinking or systems thinking skills in your teaching, learning or research?

Ways of practising

  • EAP focuses on communicative, collaborative approaches that develop the highly sought after ‘soft skills’ employers identify as lacking in graduates (QS, 2018).
  • What pedagogies, activities or projects can help students work collaboratively, think strategically and evidence integrated problem solving skills for real world issues?

Ways of being

  • At the heart of both EAP and ESD sits reflective practice. How do we develop students’ reflective and reflexive skills on the norms and values that drive unsustainability?
  • How do we empower them to recognise and challenge
    unsustainable social, economic and environmental narratives?


BALEAP PIM ESD Full Programme


Event materials (PDFs with Slides)

Note: Talks marked with an asterisk can be watched via the YouTube playlist embedded below.

Professor Simon Kemp (Southampton University): Why Sustainability matters, and how Education can be the difference (PLENARY)*

Dr Isabel Rimanoczy: What is the Sustainability Mindset and why does it matter in Higher Education (PLENARY)*

Dr Graham van Wyk & Clare Stephens: A Foundation module in Tourism & Hospitality, reconfigured to embrace notions of Inclusivity, Decolonization and Sustainability

Dr Alex Mifsud_ Using Climate Education – Carbon Literacy Training (CLT) – to address Global Sustainability Challenges.pptx

David Nelson & Cathy d’Abreu: Appreciative Inquiry, the ESD Competency Workshop

Averil Bolster & Peter Levrai: Be the Change You Want to See. Ways of Practising for Teachers

Sasha Coutinho: Questioning Language, Power & Knowledges. Colonisation in Medical Knowledge Production and the impact on the Development and Acceptance of African Traditional Medicines *

Peter Buckley: Things to consider when Incorporating Sustainability into your Professional Practice *

Owain Llewellyn: A Framework for the Future. Embedding ESD in a Pathways College *

Lisa Hale: Learning to do. Collaborative Learning – EAP meets ESD

Kashmir Kaur: To Include or Not to Include. Integrating Sustainability in the Mainstream Language Curriculum *

Jo Kukuczka: Evaluating Values *

Dr Mina Samangooei_Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for developing critical thinking *

Dana Wentworth & Muriel Cheval: Collaborative Online International Learning *

Alex Runchman & Michael Thornton: Embedding UN Sustainable Development goals into an EAP curriculum *

Other resources

Asynchronous Artefacts – a Padlet with resources related to sustainability and EAP

(Sustainable!) ‘goodie bag’ – a Padlet with key resources and ideas for developing ESD teaching and learning


3rd March 2023
9:30am - 3:30pm
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