Charlemagne’s well-known adage “To have another language is to possess a second soul” becomes even more interesting when applied to what seems to be ESP’s least catered for target audience – university lecturers, tutors, and researchers. These days, academics – even those acknowledged within their specialisms in their home countries - are faced with the challenge of using English as a lingua franca in international academic settings. Such a twist in a successful academic career may involve organising conferences, writing for publication, or teaching at university level through the medium of English. As academia has clearly signaled her demand, a new two-level communication skills course “English for Academics” developed by British Council and published by Cambridge University Press is a powerful tool to help you step up to the challenge.
This presentation of the “English for Academics Book 2” will focus on the unique features of the course as well as the pronounced differences between Book 1 (published 2014) and Book 2.
Vasiliy Gorbachev, PhD, lead English support tutor in British Higher School of art and design, co-author of "English for Academics" Books 1 & 2.
Svetlana Bogolepova, PhD, senior teacher at National Research University "Higher School of Economics", co-author of "English for Academics" Books 1 & 2