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Cambridge Academic English

An integrated skills course for EAP


Research study

• an interview-based longitudinal study of the


experiences of 28 undergraduates at Hong Kong
Polytechnic University
• A questionnaire survey completed by 3,009 first-
year students
Evans & Morrison 2011
Ranking productive skills

Speaking Writing
• speaking clearly • linking sentences
(pronunciation) smoothly
• speaking accurately • using appropriate style
(grammar) • using grammar
• communicating ideas correctly
fluently
Results

Speaking Writing
1 speaking accurately 1 = using grammar
(grammar) correctly & linking
2 communicating ideas sentences smoothly
fluently 2 using appropriate style
3 speaking clearly
Evans & Morrison 2011
(pronunciation)
Student comments

We can only use some simple words to express


ourselves rather than use a large range of words
with similar meanings to express ourselves.

Evans & Morrison 2011


Student comments

Academic writing is the most difficult part for me because


when I write sentence I find many things to do. For example I
have to organise the writing and think about the grammar.

I think I want to learn more vocabulary and the grammar


especially passive.

Sometimes I’ve got some ideas, but I don’t know how to write
down sentences.

Intermediate level learners


Conclusion from study

These findings suggest that freshmen need


particular assistance with academic writing (notably
style, grammar and cohesion) and technical
vocabulary …

Evans & Morrison 2011


Key issues for students

• Students are concerned about both oral and


written language
• Students want to be more accurate
• Students know their language needs to be more
complex and sophisticated in an academic context
• Students think better control of grammar and
vocabulary will lead to greater accuracy,
complexity and sophistication
An EAP grammar syllabus

• What should an EAP grammar syllabus include?


• How should this syllabus be organised?
An EAP grammar syllabus

… sentence grammar is not a good basis on which


to build the syllabus framework … (it) ignores the
specific applications that grammar items such as the
present perfect and modals have in academic
discourse. For example, the present perfect is
important in the narrative of a literature review (an
academic genre) …
Alexander, Argent & Spencer 2008
An EAP grammar syllabus

Genre or text type approach

Example:

Text type Grammar point


comparison & contrast comparative adjectives

Uncovering EAP McCarter & Jakes (2009)


An EAP grammar syllabus

Which genre for these grammar points?


• passives
• narrative verb forms
• noun phrases
• subordination
An EAP grammar syllabus

Cambridge Grammar of
English – Carter & McCarthy
(2006)
An EAP grammar syllabus

Cambridge Grammar of English


(Carter & McCarthy 2006)
• shows how grammar points can relate to different
genre
• includes items found in all genre
• comprehensive
• corpus-based
Approach to language in Cambridge Academic English

• grammar and vocabulary contextualised


• authentic academic texts used
• academic corpus used to check language
examples and to get more examples
• discovery approach
• practice of language
Language in Cambridge Academic English

• Explicit focus on grammar and vocabulary


• Contextualisation in authentic academic texts
• Cognitively engaging discovery tasks
• Corpus-informed focus on language
Cambridge Academic English:
other key features

• Integrated skills work


Cambridge Academic English:
other key features

• Encourages independent learning through


Study Tips
Cambridge Academic English:
other key features

• Develops awareness of disciplinary


differences
Cambridge Academic English:
other key features

• Authentic academic discourse including real


filmed lectures on DVD
Cambridge Academic English:
key features

• Comprehensive language coverage


• Integration of language and skills
• Integrated skills work
• Corpus informed
• Encourages independent learning
• Develops awareness of disciplinary difference
• Authentic academic discourse
Cambridge Academic English: levels

Book 1
• intermediate, B1+, e.g. foundation programmes
IELTS 4.5  5 / 5.5
Book 2
• upper-intermediate, B2+, e.g. pre-sessional programme
IELTS 5  5.5 / 6
Book 3
• advanced, C1+, e.g. in-sessional; academics
IELTS 5.5  6 / 6.5
Cambridge Academic English: components

• Student’s Book
• Teacher’s Book
• Class Audio CD
• DVD
• Free extra video lectures and worksheets on CUP
website
Cambridge Academic English: organisation

10 units: reading,
speaking & listening,
writing, grammar &
vocabulary

5 units: listening
to lectures &
seminar skills
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9780521165204 Cambridge Academic English Upper Intermediate Students Book CVR C M Y K

9780521165211 Cambridge Academic English Advanced Students Book CVR C M Y K

Hewings, McCarthy
Cambridge Academic English

Hewings, Thaine, McCarthy


Cambridge Academic English
Thaine, McCarthy

B2 C1

An integrated skills course for EAP An integrated skills course for EAP
This three-level course provides students with the academic skills and languag e needed
This three-level course provides students with the academic skills and languag e needed
for university study. Aimed at students of all disciplines, the course consists of ten
for university study. Aimed at students of all disciplines, the course consists of ten
integrated skills units that develop academic language and critical thinking skills essential
integrated skills units that develop academic language and critical thinking skills essential
in academic contexts. Five lecture skills units provide authentic practice in listening to
in academic contexts. Five lecture skills units provide authentic practice in listening to

Cambridge Cambridge
lectures and note-taking.

Cambridge
lectures and note-taking.
The B2 Upper Int ermediate Student’s Book gives students further practice in academic
study skills. Students analyse characteristics of written and spoken academic t exts, develop
The C1Advanced Student’s Book consolidates academic study skills. Students’ analytical
awareness of academic culture and learn t o avoid plagiarism. From essay organisation, skills are challenged with an increased range of authentic writt en and spoken academic
taking notes, group discussion t o writing references and paraphrasing texts, the students texts. From essay organisation, taking notes, group discussion t o writing references and

Cambridge Academic English Student’s Book


Cambridge Academic English Student’s Book

paraphrasing texts, the students are presented with a wealth of practice opportunities t o

Cambridge Academic English Student’s Book


Academic Academic
are presented with a wealth of practice opportunities to enhance all academic skills.

Academic
enhance all academic skills at this level.

Key features of the course Key features of the course

English English
integrated academic skills and authentic academic t exts in each main unit

English
‘Study tips’ and ‘Focus on your subject’ sections to encourage independent learning and integrated academic skills and authentic academic t exts in each main unit
personalisation ‘Study tips’ and ‘Focus on your subject’ sections to encourage independent learning and
exercises informed by the Cambridge Academic Corpus personalisation
a list of key academic words, essential for development of academic vocabulary exercises informed by the Cambridge Academic Corpus
dedicated lecture skills units t o prepare students for attending lectures in English a list of key academic words, essential for development of academic vocabulary
dedicated lecture skills units t o prepare students for attending lectures in English
The DVD is linked to the lecture skills units. It includes real lectures from the University of An integrated skills course for EAP An integrated skills course for EAP
Cambridge by renowned lecturers in their elds; student int erviews give tips on academic The DVD is linked to the lecture skills units. It includes real lectures from the University of An integrated skills course for EAP
life and studies. Cambridge by renowned lecturers in their elds; student int erviews give tips on academic
life and studies.
The Class Audio CD accompanies the list ening and speaking sections and gives students
focused listening practice and strategies to participate in tutorials and group work. The Class Audio CD accompanies the list ening and speaking sections and gives students
B1+

focused listening practice and strategies to participate in tutorials and group work.
Student’s Book
B2

Additional resources are available online at www.cambridge.org/elt/academicenglish


Student’s Book

C1
Additional resources are available online at www.cambridge.org/elt/academicenglish
Student’s Book
Upper Intermediate
Intermediate

Course components: Class Audio CD (9780521165235)


Student’s Book (9780521165204) Course components: Class Audio CD (9780521165242)

Advanced
DVD (9780521165297)
Teacher’s Book (9780521165266) Audio and DVD pack (9781107607149) Student’s Book (9780521165211) DVD (9780521165310)
Teacher’s Book (9780521165273) Audio and DVD pack (9781107607156)
B1+
Intermediate B2
Upper Intermediate
Also recommended for use with CambridgeAcademicEnglish:
Professional English
Also recommended for use with CambridgeAcademicEnglish:
C1
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