EAP as a Glocal Language

School of Languages
Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
May 2021

Given the current situations under coronavirus, the CEAPA-BALEAP conference will be postponed to May 2021 in Suzhou. Further information will follow in due course.

In the globalised academia, English has become a lingua franca, and an increasing number of educational institutions have adopted English as a medium of instruction (EMI). As this phenomenon is burgeoning all over the world, traditional EAP teaching, which happens mostly in Anglophone settings, struggles to meet the need of students who are studying in non-Anglophone contexts. Meanwhile, English language teaching in higher education in EFL settings is also undergoing a transition from English for general purposes to English for academic purposes. This change can be seen particularly in China, where many universities are undertaking a change from College English Teaching (CET) to EAP teaching. These two strands can perhaps merge at some juncture, where EAP becomes a Glocal language.

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