English for professional academic purposes

Authored by: Diane D. Belcher , Francisco Javier Barron Serrano , Hae Sung Yang

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


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While landing a job in academia may be a dream come true for many, keeping and thriving in the job bring a set of challenges that can be doubly daunting if they must be met in a language one is not entirely comfortable with. Functioning as a professional academic in English, as many even in non-English-dominant nation-states are now asked to do, entails engagement in a complex activity system of communicative academic practices, both oral and literate, pedagogical (in English-medium institutions) and research-oriented, many of which are discussed in other chapters in this volume (see, for example, Crawford Camiciottoli & Querol-Julián; Forey and Feng; Kuteeva, all this volume). This chapter on English for professional academic purposes, or EPAP, however, focuses on arguably the most high-stakes and stress-inducing of the practices that professional academics around the world are increasingly expected to master; namely, research publication in English. Thus, our specific focus is English for research publication purposes, or ERPP (see Flowerdew, 2013b).

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