Too Close for Comfort? A Study of the Perceived Overlap Between FAS1101 (Writing Academically: Arts and Social Sciences) and ES1103 (English for Academic Purposes)

by Lee Ming Cherk and Zhou Ziqian Jan Abstract There exists a perception, often grudgingly expressed, that the module English for Academic Purposes (‘ES1103’) is needlessly similar to Writing Academically: Arts and Social Sciences (‘FAS1101’). This working paper offers a comparison of the two modules; it aims to argue that there is little merit to […]

Book Review: Science Communication: Making Science Engaging

A Book Review By Derek Wong – Title: Science Communication: Making Science Engaging Authors: Sirinut Sawatdeenarunat & Tang Kum Khuan Publisher: Oxford Publishing Science is inside the laboratory as much as outside. Taking science outside requires specialized communication skills, which is exactly what Science Communication – Making Science Engaging aims to teach. Taking on a […]

Legitimation Code Theory and Academic Writing, Reading & Thinking

by Namala Tilakaratna and Laetitia Monbec and Mark Brooke   With the recent focus of NUS on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, a question that you might be asking is how you can identify useful pedagogical theory to inform your teaching practices to make your students better writers, readers and thinkers. In order to […]

Advocating World Englishes: An Interview with Dr. Mario Saraceni

by Flora Debora Floris Petra Christian University (Surabaya, Indonesia)   Introduction Mario Saraceni graduated from the University of Chieti (Italy) and was awarded an MA and a PhD from the University of Nottingham (UK).  He is currently a principal lecturer and a course leader for BEd TESL and BA (Hons) English Language programs at the […]

A Review of “Digitised Vocabulary Acquisition: Lexxica Word Engine”

by Stephen J. Hall Centre for English Language Studies, Sunway University (Bandar Sunway, Malaysia)   Many learners of English as an additional language reach a plateau and then either remain in the communicative comfort zone or have the realisation that vocabulary acquisition is crucial to further development. The call of `I need to learn more […]

Using Facebook to Extend Learning into Students’ Digital Lives

by Chris Harwood and Brad Blackstone National University of Singapore (Singapore, Singapore)   Abstract This paper reports on the use of Facebook for educational purposes in two different university communication courses. It discusses the decision-making processes concerning what type of Facebook page to use, the design, form and content of the Facebook pages, guidelines for […]