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The Rest of the Conference

I managed to drag my sun-stricken body to day two of the IATEFL/BALEAP conference and had a reasonably good time, attending sessions on content-based reading, metaphor, grammar in EAP and discipline-specific language. Nothing made me go “Wow, I’d never thought of that!” but then that is maybe the problem with attending a conference in your speciality, then selecting workshops in areas in which you specialise even more.¬† On the other hand, I came away with interesting tit-bits of information to confirm my general impressions, such as that verbs indicating opinion in humanities texts tend to be related to the writing/arguing process while those in the hard sciences tend to refer to the experimental procedure, or that 85% of academic writing is in the simple present tense (which is a problem given that 85% of my students have problems with the simple present).

All in all, I thought it was a pretty good conference. EAP is a bit of a poor cousin in terms of international EFL events and EAP teachers are definitely poor cousins in the family of academia, so it was good to see my own university host a major EAP conference.

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