‘English for academic purposes’ for EAL

EAL Journal

 Jenny Verney is an English teacher and EAL and Academic Literacy Coordinator at a secondary school in Sheffield.  She teaches GCSE English and A-Level English Language, and writes and delivers courses in Academic English.  In this blog post she discusses the joys and challenges of developing a curriculum to teach academic language.

jv1 Jenny Verney

It was early 2011. I had recently returned from one Maternity Leave and, due to a lack of planning equal to many a teenage pregnancy, was about to go on another. I was working part-time, juggling teaching and child care. The Deputy Head, with an admirable lack of concern about my capacity to commit to a new project (for which I will be forever grateful!), had given me the go-ahead to pilot a new course called Academic English.

This course, which had a different focus than traditional English teaching (see below), came about through a…

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