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Dr Jim McKinley, University College  London, UK

“The importance of ESP in English medium instruction in higher education”

My main interests are in research methods in applied linguistics and TESOL, second language writer identity, English medium instruction (EMI) and content and language integrated learning (CLIL) in internationalised higher education, and academic community development. I was principal investigator on the British Academy-funded project ‘Exploring the teaching-research nexus in higher education’ (2018), a project from which I am developing further investigation into TESOL researcher-practitioners. I am currently involved in a project investigating language related challenges in English medium instruction with colleagues from the University of Oxford, funded by EMI Oxford. 
I have published in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, Higher EducationStudies in Higher Education, and System, am an editor of Doing Research in Applied Linguistics: Realities, Dilemmas and Solutions (2017, Routledge), an author of Data Collection Methods in Applied Linguistics (2019, Bloomsbury), an editor of The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2020), and co-author of Challenges and Innovations in Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2021, Routledge). I am currently Co-Editor for System.


Dr Huang Jian, Central University of Finance and Economics, China

A Case Probe into the Process of an Established NNS Computer Scientist Preparing for His English Academic Presentation

Academic communication is the life blood of academia and recent years have seen a growing agreement that strong oral academic communication skills constitute a vital asset for both early-career and established scholars. One of genres of oral academic communication that academia is commonly involved is academic presentation in English for both NES (Native English Speaker) and NNES (Non-Native English Speaker). However, exiting studies on English academic presentation are mostly focused on students (NNES students in particular) from the perspective of linguistic features of their oral discourse, with the process of presentation preparation, especially by NNES scholars, under-explored . Consequently, little is known about how NNES professors prepare for their discipline-specific English academic presentations that matter for their professional development in terms of both knowledge-spreading and reputation-building.To make up for this gap, this study, taking a qualitative case-study approach, investigates how a well-established Chinese computer scientist goes about the task for preparing for academic presentation in an international conference. Specifically, it aims to answer two research questions corresponding to  two sub-processes of academic presentation preparation: : (1) How does the scientist prepare for the written text of presentation? (2) How does the scientist prepare for the delivery of the text prepared? The findings of this study have implications for instruction of academic presentation skills for NNES students and scholars in particular.


Huang Jian is a Ph.D in Applied Linguistics and an Associate Professor with School of Foreign Studies, Central University of Finance and Economics. He was a visiting scholar at Birkbeck University, London. His academic interests cover material development for language and translation instruction and assessment, ESP Teacher development & Qualitative Research.

Dr Elena Bárcena Madera, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain

“The changing face of English language teaching in the modern technological society”

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