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Research and Publications

The Research and Publications Sub-Committee, jointly chaired by the Research Officer and the Publications Officer, promotes and facilitates EAP research and publications within BALEAP for the benefit of the BALEAP membership and wider EAP community. Current initiatives related to research and publications include the ResTES (Research Training Event Series), the EAP master’s dissertation award, the doctoral student network and the book reviews section on the BALEAP website.

In recent years, projects have emerged from the membership to address topical issues in EAP and have taken the form of working parties (see links below). New bids may come from individual institutions/members, but all projects must include collaborative work across BALEAP member institutions. The aims of the project must be of benefit to the membership as a whole, and a specific outcome, preferably in the form of a publication for dissemination, is expected. Anyone interested in establishing a new project should contact the Research and Publications Officer (publications@baleap.org) in the first instance. Bids for new projects will be considered by the Executive Committee.

Current working parties:

The Testing Working Party aims to provide a base for the spread of information and advice for the development of valid and reliable EAP  language testing practices.

The Can Do Working Party developed the BALEAP Can Do Framework: Competency statements for international students (Master’s level).

ResTES 2016/17

The professional development of colleagues involved in learning, teaching, scholarship and research in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is one of BALEAP’s key aims. As a registered charity, the association works hard to support the professional development of those involved in learning, teaching, scholarship and research in EAP.

The ResTES programme sees scholarship as an umbrella term encompassing a range of activities. At one end of the continuum is research. But there is also a place for modest activities (perhaps in terms of time commitment) which nonetheless deliver significant public contributions to knowledge and understanding. All these endeavors are worthy of public use and scrutiny. Examples include: case studies, exploratory research, narrative accounts, action research.

The ResTES programme is a vehicle for promoting and sustaining transitions from practitioner to scholar/researcher. There is a small fee to attend simply to cover the costs.

The first event in the 2016/17 programme was linked to the theme of the Glasgow PIM, Learner Identity: Managing Transitions, but focusses on EAP practitioners. More information is available here.

The next ResTES event was a symposium in Leeds: ‘Knowledge and the EAP practitioner’.

Further planning includes an event focussing on how an EAP practitioner who is presenting at a conference can develop his or her work into a published paper: From Presenting to Publishing: Options for Practitioners.

Further events will be announced later. If you have ideas for the content/focus of ResTES events or would like to deliver one, please contact research@baleap.org.

Current Research and Publications Sub-committee members (in alphabetical order):

  • Lia Blaj-Ward (BALEAP Treasurer)
  • Sarah Brewer (BALEAP Events Officer)
  • Chris Foggin
  • Diana Ridley
  • John Wrigglesworth (BALEAP Research and Publications Officer).