EAP conference at the University of St Andrews

The International Education Institute has held nine events for teaching professionals in the last ten years. What started as a workshop back in 2011 has become a conference recognised by English for Academic Purposes (EAP) professionals from all over the world as a go-to event for sharing ideas and best practice.

The title of the EAP conference 2020 was: "Anybody out there: addressing audiences in academic discourse".

The conference took place on Saturday 29 February 2020 at the University of St Andrews.

Plenary speakers

  • Ursula Wingate from King's College, London, with a presentation titled: Developing audience awareness in novice writers.
  • Zak Lancaster from Wake Forest University, North Carolina. His presentation this year is titled: Readers as “Reached”, “Imagined”, and “Constructed”: A Longitudinal Study of Undergraduate Writers’ Developing Conceptions of Audience.

Pre-conference workshops

There were two pre-conference workshops on Friday 28 February 2020.

Ursula Wingate and Zak Lancaster delivered a workshop titled: "How to Evaluate Students’ Writing When We Aren’t the Audience or in the Discipline", where participants explored task-specific assessment strategies that are in keeping with the goals of raising students’ awareness of, and capacity to produce, discipline-specific genres. Participants also worked with a variety of texts and discussed assessment options appropriate for their local contexts.

Professor Hilary Nesi hosted the "Elsevier's Author Workshop" where she offered publishing tips and advice to early career researchers.

Conference archive

Take a look at the archive below to get a snapshot of previous EAP conferences, and presentations available for download.