English for Academic Purposes: A talk by Martin Hewings, 29 Oct

Cambridge University Press and London South Bank University
Centre for Academic Language and Communication (CALC) are pleased to invite you to

Challenges for students of English for Academic Purposes: authenticity, disciplinary difference, and voice

Monday 29th October 2012, 5-7 pm

‘Among the challenges facing EAP students are: (i) coping with the difficulties of authentic academic speech and writing; (ii) understanding how and why communication in their own discipline may be different from that in others; and (iii) finding a ‘voice’ as they report the work of other authors in their own writing.

This talk explores each of these challenges and considers how teachers and materials writers  can help students overcome them, with examples taken from the recently-published Cambridge Academic English course.

Martin Hewings has taught English for over 30 years in many countries, including Sweden, Italy, Malaysia and Australia. From 1985 to 2009 he taught English for Academic Purposes at the University of Birmingham, and since then he has been a freelance author and consultant. He was co-editor of the journal English for Specific Purposes from 2001 to 2006. He has published a number of textbooks with Cambridge University Press, including Advanced Grammar in Use, Pronunciation Practice Activities, English Pronunciation in Use Advanced and Cambridge Grammar for CAE and Proficiency, and is co-author of Cambridge Academic English (2012).’


A choice of one level (Intermediate, Upper Intermediate or Advanced) of Cambridge Academic English Student’s Book for all attendees.

Event date: Monday 29th October 2012
Arrival and refreshments: 5.00 pm
Talk: 5.30 – 6.30 pm
Networking: 6.30 – 7.00 pm
Event ends: 7.00 pm

London South Bank University
Room VG06, K2 Building
Keyworth Street
London SE1 6NG

Nearest tube: Elephant and Castle
By bus: Numbers 1, 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 133, 148, 155, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 196, 333, 344, 360, 363, 453, 468, C10 and P5

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Registration is required as places are limited: email eltsales@cambridge.org to reserve your FREE place today!

We look forward to seeing you on 29th October!


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2 Responses to English for Academic Purposes: A talk by Martin Hewings, 29 Oct


  1. KariD says:

    I attended this talk and found it useful. It is relevant to those teachers who have students who are coming for our intensive academic English courses prior to attending University.

    Martin Hewings was a good well-organised speaker. He focussed on three areas of difficulty: authenticity, disciplinary difference and finding a voice. Hewings made a convincing argument for the necessity of teaching academic English using real academic sources from the student’s discipline with specific academic language, supported opinions and footnotes. He argued that a very important aspect was to help students find strategies for coping with real academic texts. He also emphasized the number of non-native professors whom the students are listening to on a daily basis.

    Hewings was also, of course, soft-selling his textbook series, Cambridge Academic English. All attendees received a free student textbook, which made the event even more worthwhile! The upper intermediate book was a good choice as it is oriented towards students who are beginning their University course. (The advanced level is intended for those who are already in an academic environment and perhaps studying for an MA or PhD.) The textbook is primarily concerned with helping students gain skills for listening to lectures, for reading and for writing their assignments; therefore the focus is less on speaking. However, it does appear to be an excellent textbook and a very valuable extra resource, particularly if used in combination with the listening tapes.


  3. IanBarker says:

    Thank you for your review Kari. Good point about the number of non-native speakers.

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