History of EAP through textbooks

I have been collecting old EAP textbooks for a while now and have quite a good collection.

You can see a summary of them at:

http://www.uefap.net/materials/materials-history

I’ve been trying for some time to come up with an analysis of trends in EAP as shown through these books. It needs more work, but this is what I have come up with so far, with some examples:

Early 1960s – Pre Linguistic Analysis – Mainly literary texts from eminent scientists with comprehension questions and grammar exercises.

  • Clarke – English studies series 1: History, sociology, politics, economics (1964)
  • Clarke – English studies series 2: Anthropology, psychology, education, language, philosophy (1966)
  • Hawkins & Mackin – English studies series 3: Physics, mathematics, biology, applied science (1966)
  • Close – The English we use for science (1965)

1960s – Register Analysis – Barber (1962) – early linguistic analysis, mainly EST

  • Thornley – Scientific English practice (1964)
  • Herbert – The structure of technical English (1965)
  • Ewer & Latorre – A course in basic scientific English (1969)
  • Swales – Writing scientific English (1971)

1970s – Rhetorical/Discourse Analysis – Widdowson (1978), Selinker, Todd Trimble & Trimble (1976);  Functions/Notions – Wilkins (1976), van Ek & Alexander (1975), Munby (1978)

  • Bates & Dudley-Evans – Nucleus (1976)
  • Glendinning – English in mechanical engineering (1973)
  • Jordan – Academic writing course (1980)

1980s – Skills: Reading, writing, speaking, listening – moving away from specific language

  • Jordan – Academic writing course (1980)
  • James, Jordan & Matthews – Listening comprehension and note-taking course (1979)
  • Sim & Laufer-Dvorkin – Reading comprehension course (1982)
  • James – Speak to learn (1984)
  • Wallace – Study skills in English (1980)

Late 1980s/ Early 1990s – Strategies; Process approach to writing (Robinson, 1988); Listening strategies (Anderson & Lynch, 1988)

  • Hamp-Lyons & Heasley – Study writing (1987)
  • Lynch – Study listening (1983)
  • Glendinning & Holmström – Study reading (1992)
  • Waters & Waters – Study tasks in English (1995

1990s/2000s – Genre approaches; Swales (1990), Bhatia (1993), Paltridge (2001), Johns (2002), Hyland (2004)

  • Weissberg & Buker – Writing up research (1990)
  • Dudley-Evans – Writing laboratory reports (1985)
  • Swales & Feak – Academic writing for graduate students (1994/2004)
  • McCormack & Slaght – Extended writing and research skills (2005)

1990s/2000s – Vocabulary, Corpus studies; Coxhead (2000), Cobb (2006)

  • Zwier – Building academic vocabulary (2002)
  • Schmitt & Schmitt – Focus on vocabulary (2005)

2000s – Disciplinary differences – ESAP; Hyland (2000)

  • Manning – English for language and linguistics in higher education studies (2008)
  • McLisky – English for banking in higher education studies (2008)
  • Walker – English for business studies in higher education (2008)
  • Wallen – English for law in higher education studies (2008)
  • Lee – English for environmental science in higher education studies (2009)
  •  McCullagh, Wright & Fitzgerald – English for medicine in higher education studies (2009)
  • Short – English for psychology in higher education studies (2010)

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