EAP materials and tasks

Authored by: Fredricka L. Stoller

The Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138774711
eBook ISBN: 9781315657455
Adobe ISBN: 9781317328100

10.4324/9781315657455.ch43

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Abstract

Materials and associated tasks are fundamental to teaching and learning English for academic purposes (EAP). Materials, often depicted as “anything” used to facilitate learning (Tomlinson, 2013), include EAP textbooks, commercial materials that are not part of EAP-textbook packages, excerpts from introductory university textbooks, teacher-created worksheets, video recordings, online sites (including technology, entertainment, and design talks (TEDs)), and computer-assisted language learning programs. Inextricably linked to these materials are the tasks associated with them that students engage in to process materials, learn from them, and attain course objectives. In EAP contexts, materials and tasks work in concert to prepare students for future academic pursuits.

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