BALEAP Conference 2019

University of Leeds
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th April 2019
‘Innovation, Exploration and Transformation’

BALEAP invites you to join its 2019 biennial conference, which will be hosted in Leeds, UK from April 12 to 14, 2019. International scholars and practitioners will come together to share recent work and discuss how our collective efforts can advance the future of English for Academic Purposes. The conference will feature pre-conference workshops, distinguished international plenary speakers, panel discussions, individual paper and poster presentations, concurrent workshops, symposia and BALEAP’s now signature early evening Pecha Kucha session for more informal idea-sharing and networking.


Following from the theme of the conference in Bristol 2017, which placed the student at the heart of the conference, at Leeds we aim to shift the emphasis onto the EAP Practitioner. The BALEAP 2019 conference theme, Innovation, Exploration and Transformation is intentionally broad, allowing a range of interpretations, thus taking into account the varied interests and approaches within the EAP community. Through innovative practices, exploration of who we are, what we do and why (both individually, institutionally, and across our wider, global community), we can collectively transform perceptions and understandings.

We encourage proposals from all involved in EAP and would be particularly pleased to receive papers from international members of the community, those working collaboratively across disciplines and those involved in staff and student support, policy making and from students themselves.

We also aim for a conference that continues to connect with a wider academic community, whilst acknowledging that there is still a need for careful consideration of our own practices, knowledge and understanding. We therefore hope that BALEAP 2019 will form part of a reflexive approach to our work with others.

The deadline for submissions is the 8th of October 2018. Each proposal will be reviewed by multiple reviewers from different institutions. Proposals including primary research should indicate adherence to local ethics practices.

Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than 20 November 2018.

For detailed information regarding submission guidelines for all presentation formats please download this pdf.

Some Considerations as you prepare you submission.

Note: these will form the basis of criteria for abstract selection

Questions and Rationale

  • Important question(s) related to EAP, the conference theme, and/ or the conference threads are identified, articulated and explored
  • An understanding of EAP issues and/or existing scholarship in the field is demonstrated

Outcomes and Insights

  • For data-based papers: Evidence and/or findings are reported
  • A description of how the work contributes to the understanding or practice of EAP is provided

Reflective Critique

  • Evidence of a critical/reflective approach

Theory/ Methods/ Framework/ Models

  • The theories/ methods/ frameworks/ models being used are explained and justified.

Audience Engagement

  • Planned opportunities for active audience engagement in the session are described
  • Opportunities for audience participation in the discussion are included
  • Effective pedagogical practices are demonstrated


As the focus shifts to the practitioner in this conference, it seems sensible to make use of the TEAP competency framework as a way into identifying key strands for the conference around the main theme.

These key strands are:

  • Academic Practice
  • EAP Students
  • Curriculum Development
  • Programme Implementation
  • Scholarship/ Research/ CPD

You are invited to submit a proposal for one or more of the following formats:


We invite submissions for papers on the conference theme and focusing on one or more of the key conference strands.  The goal of these papers is to share knowledge and to encourage critical dialogue among conference participants. Papers will last 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. Priority will be given to completed research/scholarship projects.


Workshops provide a hands-on, practical and interactive experience, focussing on one of the key conference strands. Workshops should be used to demonstrate and/or explore effective practices in EAP or provide hands on experience of research/scholarship tools and methods. Workshops will last 90 minutes.


We invite proposals for symposia focusing on one or more of the key strands with the conference theme. Symposium must coherently address a key strand of the conference by proposing multiple perspectives & papers featuring a minimum of 3 speakers. The conference theme and key strand(s) can be addressed from research, theoretical and/or practice perspectives. Each symposium will last 90 in total with 20 minutes of this time allocated for audience questions and dialogue.


The BALEAP conference will display posters throughout the duration of the conference. We especially invite proposals for posters that take up important and timely topics related to the conference theme. Posters should present preliminary or completed work, or consideration of the field of EAP in general.


This is an increasingly popular format of presentation at BALEAP conferences. Pecha Kucha is a 6 minute and 40 second presentation of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each. Fitting in with the conference theme, a Pecha Kucha presentation takes a more informal look at the field of EAP and the work of practitioners, scholars or researchers within it with the aim of inspiring, entertaining and/or stimulating ideas.


This allows space for short 10 minute (max) demonstrations or explanations of innovative classroom practice. This offers an opportunity for hands-on work on a specific aspect of learning and teaching in EAP, providing participants with ‘take home’ ideas for their classroom or EAP centre.


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Keynote Speakers

Nigel Harwood - University of Sheffield

Is everything rosy in the EAP garden? Points to ponder from a study of proofreaders of student writing

Cynthia White – Massey University, New Zealand

EAP Practitioners Transitioning to Scholarship: how agency matters


Registration Rates

  • Early Bird Member Rate £160.00
  • Early Bird Non Member Rate £180.00
  • Standard Member Rate £190.00
  • Standard Non Member Rate £210.00

Registration Dates

  • Abstract Notification 20 November 2018
  • Registration Opens December 2018
  • Early Bird Registration Closes 1 February 2019

Get In Touch

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