The English for Academic Purposes Practitioner

Operating on the Edge of Academia

  • Alex Ding
  • Ian Bruce

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Alex Ding, Ian Bruce
    Pages 53-92
  3. Alex Ding, Ian Bruce
    Pages 93-115
  4. Alex Ding, Ian Bruce
    Pages 117-177
  5. Alex Ding, Ian Bruce
    Pages 179-192
  6. Alex Ding, Ian Bruce
    Pages 193-208
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-236

About this book


This book contextualizes the field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), with a particular focus on the professional and academic identity and role of the EAP practitioner. The authors examine previously neglected areas such as the socio-economic, academic and employment contexts within which EAP practitioners function. In doing so, they develop a better understanding of the roles, expectations and constraints that arise from these contexts, which in turn shape professional practice and the identity of the practitioner. As EAP is emerging as an academic discipline with a growing body of published research, this book will appeal to trainee and established practitioners, along with researchers and students of linguistics and education.

Alex Ding is Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes and Director of the Centre for Excellence in Language Teaching at the University of Leeds, UK. He leads school-wide projects in language education scholarship, as well as teaching English for Academic Purposes and MA modules. He has also supervised and examined PhD students, and co-led the development of an innovative MA in EAP.

Ian Bruce is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where he also teaches on the MA degree of the same name. His research interests include the application of genre theory to English for Academic Purposes courses, and to academic writing instruction. He is closely involved with the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP), and has contributed to the development of their teacher competency framework.


academic identity classroom practice early career practitioners systematic functional linguistics neoliberalism and higher education english language teaching

Authors and affiliations

  • Alex Ding
    • 1
  • Ian Bruce
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-59736-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-59737-9
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