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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 firstyear students
Evans & Morrison 2011

Ranking productive skills

Speaking
speaking clearly
(pronunciation)
speaking accurately
(grammar)
communicating ideas
fluently

Writing
linking sentences
smoothly
using appropriate style
using grammar
correctly

Results

Speaking
1 speaking accurately
(grammar)
2 communicating ideas
fluently
3 speaking clearly
(pronunciation)

Writing
1 = using grammar
correctly & linking
sentences smoothly
2 using appropriate style
Evans & Morrison 2011

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 Ive got some ideas, but I dont 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
comparison & contrast

Grammar point
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

Students Book
Teachers 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

9 mm
spine

B2

Courseconsultant: Michael McCarthy

Tamzen Armer (BSc Anatomical Sciences,


CELTA, DELTA) hasprofessional experience
asascientic researcher at the Institute of
Neurology, London and the Christie Hospital,
Manchester. She currently teachesEnglish at t he
University of Canberra, Australia.

Tamzen Armer
SeriesEditor : Jeremy Day
ISBN: 978 0 521 68939 7

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CDs

Cambridge English f or

Scientists

in Use
Advanced

Vocabulary reference
and p ractice
With a nswers

ISBN: 978 0 521 71518 8

Second Edition

Michael McCarthy
Felicity ODell

9 mm
spine

a very thor ough r epre


epresentation of the basic
requirement of pr esen
esenting scienti c analyses

Tamzen Armer
SeriesEditor : Jeremy Day

Daniela R obles, PhD student , Molecular Biology

Cambridge English for Scientis ts i s for i ntermediate


to u pper i ntermediate l evel (B1 B2) learnerso f
English w ho need t o use English i n a scientic
research o r study environment.
Thisshort course (4060 hoursteachingtime)
usesp ractical t askst o develop t he l anguage and
communic ation s killsne eded b y student and
profe ssiona l scientistsf rom a ll di scipline s.
Each of t he t en units r elates t o o ne or more
case studiesbased o n r eal p ublished r esearch.
Practical skillsin clude:
applying f or r esearch f unding
writing for p ublication
presenting a nd socialising at a confe rence

Professional English

Dr Andr ew Sug den, Scienc e International


I belie ve it doesan e xc
xcellent job at portr aying
everyday situationsin the lab and I especially
enjoyed the audioscrip
audioscript , which I think isan
accurate r epresentatio
epresentation of c onversations
between a student an
and his/her adviser .

For t he FREE online Teachers Book and photocopiable activities,


go to w w w.cam bri dge.org/elt/englishf orscientists
The course can be u sed i n the classroom o r
for self-study and i ssuitab le for scientists
studying o r working in a w ide r ange of s cienti c
discipline s. The cour se also includes a glo ssary
of useful vocabulary.
Cambridge English for i sa seriesof short
courses f or different areaso f English f or
Speci c Purposes. Written for p rofessionals
by p rofessionalst hey combine the b est i n ELT
methodology w ith r eal professional p ractice.

Cambridge English for

Scientists

Upper Intermediate

An integrated skills course for EAP

Students Book

C1

Martin Hewings

Advanced

Martin Hewingsand Craig Thaine

Courseconsultant: Michael McCarthy

Courseconsultant: Michael McCarthy

Tamzen Armer (BSc Anatomical Sciences,


CELTA, DELTA) hasprofessional experience
asascientic r esearcher at the Institute of
Neurology, London and t he Christie Hospital,
Manchester. She currently teaches English at t he
University of Canberra, Australia.

Tamzen Armer
SeriesEditor : Jeremy Day
ISBN: 978 0 521 68939 7

9 mm
spine

Class Audio CD (9780521165242)


DVD (9780521165310)
Audio and DVD pack (9781107607156)

Also recommended for use with CambridgeAcademicEnglish:

Craig Thaine

Wit
h

CVR
CEF SCIENTISTS
ARMER
978 0 521 15409 3

With a nswers

Second Edition

applying f or r esearch f unding


writing for p ublication
presenting and socialising a t a confe rence

Intermediate

Cam br id ge English f or Sci ent ist s

Vocabulary reference
and p ractice

Michael McCarthy
Felicity ODell

Each of t he t en units r elates t o o ne or more


case studiesbased o n r eal p ublished r esearch.
Practical skillsin clude:

Cambridge English for i sa serieso f short


courses f or different areaso f English f or
Speci c Purposes. Written for p rofessionals
by p rofessionalst hey combine the best i n ELT
methodology w ith r eal professional p ractice.

Scientists

Armer

Advanced

Thisshort course (4060 hoursteachingtime)


usesp ractical t askst o develop t he l anguage and
communic ation s killsne eded b y student and
professiona l scientistsf rom a ll di scipline s.

The course can b e u sed i n the classro om o r


for self-study and i ssuitable for scientists
studying o r working in a w ide r ange of s cienti c
discipline s. The cour se also includes a glossary
of useful vocabulary.

McCarthy and ODell Aca demic Vocabula ry in Use Advanced

in Use

Cambridge English for

Daniela R obles, PhD student , Molecular Biology

For the FREE online Teachers Book and photocopiable activities,


go to w w w.cam bri dge.org/elt/englishf orscientists
Cambridge English for Scientistsi s for i ntermediate
to upper i ntermediate l evel (B1 B2) learnerso f
English w ho need t o use English i n a scientic
research o r study environment.

Professional English

Dr Andr ew Sug den, Scienc e International


I believe it doesan e xc
xcellent job at portr aying
everyda y situationsin the lab and I especially
enjoyed the audioscrip
audioscript , which I think isan
accurate r epresentatio
epresentation of c onversations
between a student an
and his/her adviser .

Cam b r idge Engl i sh f or Scien t ist s

C MYK

SeriesEditor : Jeremy Day

a very thor ough r epre


epresentation of the basic
requir ement of pr esen
esenting scienti c analyses

Wit
h

Tamzen Armer

Armer

McCarthy and ODell Academic Voca bulary in Use Advanced

Cambridge English f or

Scientists

Course components:
Students Book (9780521165211)
Teachers Book (9780521165273)

Cambridge
Academic
English

Advanced

B1+
Also recommended for use with CambridgeAcademicEnglish:

Students Book

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

C1

Class Audio CD (9780521165235)


DVD (9780521165297)
Audio and DVD pack (9781107607149)

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.

Upper Intermediate

Intermediate

Course components:
Students Book (9780521165204)
Teachers Book (9780521165266)

An integrated skills course for EAP

The DVD is linked to the lecture skills units. It includes real lectures from the University of
Cambridge by renowned lecturers in their elds; student int erviews give tips on academic
life and studies.

B2

B1+

Students Book

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

integrated academic skills and authentic academic t exts in each main unit
Study tips and Focus on your subject sections to encourage independent learning and
personalisation
exercises informed by the Cambridge Academic Corpus
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

CMYK

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.

Key features of the course

CVR

An integrated skills course for EAP

The DVD is linked to the lecture skills units. It includes real lectures from the University of
Cambridge by renowned lecturers in their elds; student int erviews give tips on academic
life and studies.

Cambridge
Academic
English

The C1Advanced Students Book consolidates academic study skills. Students analytical
skills are challenged with an increased range of authentic writt en and spoken academic
texts. From essay organisation, taking notes, group discussion t o writing references and
paraphrasing texts, the students are presented with a wealth of practice opportunities t o
enhance all academic skills at this level.

CEF SCIENTISTS

integrated academic skills and authentic academic t exts in each main unit
Study tips and Focus on your subject sections to encourage independent learning and
personalisation
exercises informed by the Cambridge Academic Corpus
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

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
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
lectures and note-taking.

Cambridge Academic English Students Book

Key features of the course

An integrated skills course for EAP

Cambridge Academic English Students Book

Cambridge Academic English Students Book

Cambridge
Academic
English

The B2 Upper Int ermediate Students Book gives students further practice in academic
study skills. Students analyse characteristics of written and spoken academic t exts, develop
awareness of academic culture and learn t o avoid plagiarism. From essay organisation,
taking notes, group discussion t o writing references and paraphrasing texts, the students
are presented with a wealth of practice opportunities to enhance all academic skills.

Cambridge Academic English

ARMER

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
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
lectures and note-taking.

C1

978 0 521 15409 3

An integrated skills course for EAP

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

Cambridge Academic English

Hewings, Thaine, McCarthy

B2

9 mm
spine

Hewings, McCarthy

Thaine, McCarthy

9780521165204 Cambridge Academic English Upper Intermediate Students Book CVR C M Y K

9 mm
spine

dio
Au

CDs

ISBN: 978 0 521 71518 8

9 mm
spine