English for academic purposes: A new perspective from multiple literacies

Yulong LI, Lixun WANG

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) has now become a popular term, due to English becoming the global languageof academia, the workplace, and higher education. At the same time, EAP has, since its creation, been influenced bythe language theories of general language teaching and literacy movements. However, its concepts and approachescan, at times, appear too various for learners and practitioners to identify which course of action to follow,particularly when the inexperienced face a ‘jungle of jargon’. EAP researchers have been trying to define EAP,however, they are never in agreement. Therefore, a definition of EAP can prove problematic. This research willextract the commonality of the popular EAP approaches before placing them into a broader context of EAPdevelopment, language teaching and literacy history, and the changing history of the educational landscape; it willcritically thematize the current EAP theories and aims in order to further examine the nature of EAP as multipleliteracies, including academic literacy, disciplinary cultural literacy, critical literacy and digital literacy. Copyright © 2016 Sciedu Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-18
JournalWorld Journal of English Language
Issue number2
Early online dateMay 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


Li, Y., & Wang, L. (2016). English for academic purposes: A new perspective from multiple literacies. World Journal of English Language, 6(2), 10-18.


  • EAP
  • Literacy
  • Multiple literacies


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