Panel Plenary: Lessons from the BALEAP Past; Chair Jeanne Godfrey (BALEAP Chair 2001 – 2003)
Friday 12 April, 16:30 – 17:30

Chair: Jeanne Godfrey, Baleap Chair 2001 – 2003.

Each panel member has had a long-standing relationship with Baleap over the years and will be looking back on their experience to comment on what Baleap as an organisation could or should be doing going forward, given changes in EAP and changes in the academic context in which we work in general.

Olwyn Alexander is Academic Director of the English Section in the School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. She is co-author with Sue Argent of two EAP coursebooks, Access EAP: Foundations and Frameworks and with Sue Argent and Jenifer Spencer of EAP Essentials, a practice-based teacher training manual for EAP. She has been involved with BALEAP for ten years, first as TEAP Officer, then Chair and finally Chair of the BALEAP Accreditation Scheme. Olwyn is interested in the ways which theories of language and of learning can inform EAP teaching practice.

Ian Bruce is convenor of the Applied Linguistics Programme at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. His research and publications relate closely to English for Academic Purposes in two areas: the teaching of academic writing and EAP course and teacher development. His approach to academic writing is outlined in his book Academic Writing and Genre (2008, Bloomsbury). His work on EAP praxis is addressed in his book Theory and Concepts of English for Academic Purposes (2015, Palgrave) and the book co-authored with Dr Alex Ding, (The University of Leeds) The English for Academic Purposes Practitioner: Operating on the Edge of Academic (2017, Palgrave).

Maggie Charles has taught EAP for more than thirty years and has worked at several UK universities as well as institutions abroad. Most of her career has been spent at Oxford, where she specialised in teaching academic writing. Her research and publications focus on the analysis of academic discourse and the use of corpora in EAP pedagogy. She was a consultant and contributor to the Writing Tutor in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English (2014) and co-author (with Diane Pecorari) of the textbook Introducing English for Academic Purposes (2015). Her articles have appeared in English for Specific Purposes and the Journal of English for Academic Purposes (most recently in 2018) among other journals.

Andy Gillett has many years of experience of teaching EAP in further and higher education in UK and abroad. He worked for 25 years at the University of Hertfordshire where he was programme leader for the MA in English Language Teaching. Since 2009, Andy has been involved in consultancy work in various countries, as well as continuing to teach MA students. His main research interests are connected with ESP, both EOP and EAP, including the role of language in academic and professional success, course design, testing and teaching. He is a member of IATEFL & TESOL and has been involved in the ESP SIGs since they began. He was on the BALEAP executive committee for almost 20 years, as SIG Coordinator, Chair and Treasurer.

Plenary Practitioner Roundtable: Looking to the Future; Chaired by Alex Ding
Sunday 14 April, 12:45 – 13:45

Chair: Alex Ding

The purpose of this plenary practitioner slot is to invite a range of practitioners to reflect on the conference themes and the trends and ideas that emerged from the papers they witnessed with the aim to raise questions, identify issues and comment. We feel the field is mature enough (and it is in fact long overdue) to give practitioners a plenary slot and a powerful voice at the conference.

Jennifer J. MacDonald is Head Teacher of ESL Programs at Dalhousie University, Canada, where she leads a variety of courses and programs in English for Academic Purposes and teacher professional development. She is also a doctoral candidate at the UCL Institute of Education. Her research interests lie at the intersection of EAP, internationalization of higher education, and critical applied linguistics, with a focus on the Canadian context. She has recently co-authored an EAP writing textbook with Oxford University Press entitled Academic Inquiry 1, Sentences and Paragraphs. Find Jennifer online at @Jen_Mac_Donald or

David Camorani is an EAP practitioner at University College London, where he teaches on and designs materials for in-sessional courses. He recently completed his Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics (Distinction) at the Institute of Education and is now working towards his Fellowship for the Higher Education Academy. David has over 15 years of teaching experience in the UK and abroad. He was also a teacher educator at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan before transitioning into EAP in 2012. Born in Switzerland to Italian parents, he moved to London in 2000 as an English language student. His younger self was a professional dancer.

Jenny Kemp SFHEA is a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at Leicester University, where she is currently Director of the Insessional Support Programme. She is a corpus linguist and an advocate of data-driven learning; her teaching, research and publications are mainly in the areas of vocabulary and English for Law. Her belief in scholarship and research-informed teaching have led her to engage in activities at institutional, national and international levels. Jenny is a BALEAP Senior Fellow, TEAP Mentor and Assessor, and was TEAP Officer 2015-8. She was also editor of the BALEAP 2015 Conference Proceedings (Garnet 2017).

Milada Walková is an EAP Tutor at the University of Leeds. She previously taught ESP and EAP at the Technical University of Košice in Slovakia. Milada is DELTA-qualified and holds a PhD in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of P. J. Šafárik, Slovakia, and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her research interests include interfaces of semantics, pragmatics and syntax, as well as academic writing from a cross-cultural rhetoric perspective. She has published in various journals including Linguistics and English for Specific Purposes.

Dr. Bin Zou received his PhD in TESOL from the University of Bristol (UK). He has taught EAP at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China since 2008. He is a fellow of UK Higher Education Academy and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT) published by IGI Global, USA. His research interests include EAP, Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and ELT. He has published a number of papers in journals and chapter books. He is currently an executive committee member of China EAP Association and an executive committee member of China Computer-Assisted Language Learning Association.