BALEAP launched three Special Interest Groups (SIGs) at the 2018 AGM. The SIG themes were chosen after consultation with the membership through a survey in 2016. The SIGs, and the accompanying Special Interest Pages (SIPs), are very much in an emergent state and we will further involve members in their development at every stage. There will be some activity related to the three existing SIGs at the next BALEAP conference in Leeds, so keep an eye out for information and publicity in the coming weeks and months. The membership will be further surveyed with regards to the future roll-out of SIGs, and the exec committee would welcome your ideas for future SIGs . We will be reporting further on the SIGs at the next AGM at Leeds and will collate any comments or suggestions that we receive before then to present at that meeting.
Current SIGs and their pages (open in new tab):
Over the 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 (research
.org) in the first instance. Bids for new projects will be considered by the Executive Committee.
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).