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Ibérica 2011, 21

Author: Iliana A. Martínez

Source: http://www.redalyc.org/articulo.oa?id=287023883003


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Ibérica ISSN: 1139-7241 iberica@aelfe.org Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos España Martínez, Iliana A. Capitalizing on the advantages of the Latin American EAP situation: Using authentic and specific materials in EAP writing instruction Ibérica, núm.
21, 2011, pp.
31-47 Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos Cádiz, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=287023883003 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative 02 IBERICA 21.qxp:Iberica 13 09-03-11 18:04 Página 31 Capitalizing on the advantages of the Latin American EAP situation: Using authentic and specific materials in EAP writing instruction Iliana A.
Martínez Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (Argentina) imartinez@hum.unrc.edu.ar Abstract This paper describes a situation that suggests an optimistic future for periphery scholars, particularly from Latin America.
First it shows a positive evolution of publications in English in Latin America, which appears to be associated to the concomitant evolution of postgraduate programmes.
Then, it is argued that such evolution could be improved by a form of EAP instruction that capitalizes on the special characteristics of the Latin American situation, particularly the highly specific needs of learners, the common Latinate L1, the possibility of having homogeneous groups in terms of fields, and the limited set of genres used by researchers in this context.
Such features could be exploited to the learners’ advantage through the use of authentic and specific materials.
Both authenticity and specificity will increase motivation and reduce comprehension problems, while allowing participants to contribute their knowledge of science to the course. Keywords: EAP, specif...





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