About the Author
I studied English Language and Marketing at The University of Bedfordshire and during this time I was lucky enough to be funded through the Trinity TESOL certificate. Probably like many people from the UK working in TEFL, I planned to travel for one or two years before getting a ‘real’ job. However, I soon realized it IS a real profession with a wide range of people from all sorts of backgrounds working in it. Even today this is still what I enjoy most about TEFL; the diversity of colleagues and students to work with.
I have been an English language teacher for over 10 years and, in the course of this, have been lucky enough to have lived and worked in various countries around the world including the UK, Germany, Portugal, and Italy. Much of this teaching has been to adults or young adults and mostly variations of English for specific purposes, in particular exams, business and academic study. For the last 5 years I have been teaching in the University sector in the UK to students from over 50 different countries.
My first experiences of EAP were at Nottingham Trent University, teaching on courses whilst completing my MA in ELT. Much in the same way when I first shifted to business English in Germany I found this change of context disconcerting and felt somewhat de-skilled. It was this experience that played a large part influencing the development of my contribution towards the DELTA EAP series. To be able to provide experienced EFL teachers, who were not experienced EAP teachers, with material that is accessible. That is firmly grounded in the area of EAP, but does not leave behind skills gained from an EFL context. I also believe motivation is key to successful learning and I have tried to present materials in a way that I feel will engage learners and also not make them feel de-skilled in this new English learning environment.
Louis's Recent Blog Posts
One key question in EAP is the extent to which language training should be specific to each students needs and how much should we focus on transferable language and skills development. Personally when I moved from a General English setting to a Business English classroom I found the transition to be a positive experience. I [...]
Many people who teach English in summer schools or evening classes around the world will probably spend little time teaching writing skills. The focus tends to be on communication and writing tasks are kept to a minimum. When students are asked to write it will often be for homework or in an exam and little [...]