EAP for Social Justice: Praxis in Action

Welcome to BALEAP’s EAP for Social Justice Special Interest Group website.

We intend for the blogs on this site to demonstrate what is possible, to stimulate dialogue and to inspire further social justice praxis in EAP circles. One of the key functions of this blog is to extend the conversation about social justice in EAP beyond its current narrow focus on Critical Pedagogies and Academic Literacies, and to demonstrate how other areas and initiatives can also come under the social justice umbrella. These might include widening participation, decolonising the curriculum, the affordances of third space working, practitioner pracarity and internationalisation at home, to name but a few.

In the interests of providing a forum for a wide range of voices on this issue, we warmly invite contributions from students, practitioners (on a variety of different contracts), researchers, managers and others involved with, or simply interested in, EAP. We are looking for blog posts which are constructive in nature, pointing to possibilities and potential solutions. If you would like to contribute a blog, please get in touch through our ‘contact us’ section.

Latest from the Blog

Precarity reflections

– Michèle le Roux – In her recent piece in the THES, Rachel Moss suggests that “precarity…[is] as much a state of mind as a state of employment.” She shares her own and others’ experience of the lasting toll that precarity takes on the mind, even for those who do eventually find more secure employmentContinue reading “Precarity reflections”

A ‘safe space’ in ‘cyberspace’? Refugee students in synchronous online EAP classes

– Aleks Palanac – The argument for classrooms to be set up as physically and viscerally safe spaces for refugee students and others who have experienced potentially traumatic events is not new (e.g. Horsman, 2004; Kerka, 2002), and the application of this work to English language learning contexts is beginning to gain more momentum andContinue reading “A ‘safe space’ in ‘cyberspace’? Refugee students in synchronous online EAP classes”

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