English for Academic Purposes (EAP): What skills do advanced students need?

A result of the continuing internationalization of tertiary education in Germany (and globally) has been an increased demand for university-specific, advanced level foreign language education. As a consequence, English as a Foreign Language programs have evolved their portfolios to include English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. EAP courses focus on fostering the university-specific English language skills necessary to perform successfully across academic contexts. Commonly, the materials available and used for EAP offers are written by British publishers with the particular UK pre-sessional EAP setting in mind, and thus rarely work well as teaching tools in the German EAP context.


In this presentation, we aim to discuss and answer the question what academic skills an EAP offer at a German university should focus on and advance by presenting how we designed and implemented a textbook free C1 EAP course over the past three semesters. Central components of this course are fostering students’ abilities to critically evaluate texts, identify authorial stance, and recognize and employ register shifts between informal and academic English by examining academic texts from their particular fields of study. Students develop their team-working skills by creating a short literature review in small groups, learning about academic conventions in the process, and their speaking and presentation skills by presenting the results of their collaborative writing efforts to the their peers.

Referent/in - Presenter/s

  • Tim Dittmann (TU Braunschweig)
  • Anne Jänsch (TU Braunschweig)

Zeit / Time

  • Samstag / Saturday, 2.3.2019
  • 11:30 - 12:05 Uhr

Raum / Room

GW2 B2.880

Sprache / Language

Englisch / English