David Baker

Imię i nazwisko: David Baker

Temat wystąpienia:

1. Formal writing – how can we support our students beyond the classroom?

2. Reading and Writing for ESP students: meeting the challenge

Język wystąpienia: angielski

Czas trwania wystąpienia:

1. Formal writing – how can we support our students beyond the classroom? – 60 minut

2. Reading and Writing for ESP students: meeting the challenge – 60 minut

Streszczenie:

Formal writing – how can we support our students beyond the classroom?

Formal writing (academic essays, presentations, correspondence, etc.) is a difficult skill to teach, as much of the work necessarily goes on outside the classroom. In this presentation I will look at ways of supporting trainee writers. I will focus on the two key skills for formal writing: preparing and structuring written work, and learning and correctly using relevant vocabulary. I will take some examples of practical solutions from the new (8th) edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.

Reading and Writing for ESP students: meeting the challenge

Reading and writing are sometimes difficult skills for pre-experience ESP students to develop. In this session, I will look at different ways of making work-specific reading and writing activities relevant and fun. I will use examples from the Oxford English for Careers series and will also show how teachers can create motivating activities of their own.

Nota biograficzna:

David Baker is co-author  with Michael Swan  of Grammar Scan (OUP, 2008), and commissioned and edited the third edition of Swan’s Practical English Usage.

He taught English in France in the late 1980s, both at the University of Paris and in a number of business training centres. He completed a Master’s degree in English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge in 1991 and joined Oxford University Press the following year. From 1999 to 2004, he was Publishing Manager for Grammar and Reference in OUP’s ELT Division.

He left OUP in 2005, and currently works as a freelance materials writer, trainer, and publishing consultant.