Research findings for all: Popular science communication on global challenges

Luciano Franco, Vander Viana

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract / Description of output

Courses on English for Academic Purposes (EAP) have traditionally focused on the production and consumption of written academic genres, especially journal papers. This is because information about research findings has been traditionally exchanged within the academic community, that is, by and for researchers. In recent years, however, there has been an increasing interest in popular science communication. In this type of communication, researchers repackage their findings to a lay audience, making these findings both accessible and appealing to the general public. EAP courses need to introduce students to different genres of popular science communication in order to cater for this new learning. The present 90-minute lesson fills this gap by having upper-intermediate EAP students explore an infographic, an online corpus of TED Talks, and an outreach website. Drawing on the topic of energy – a current global challenge, the lesson provides a model for the exploration of science popularization texts in the EAP classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching English with Corpora
Subtitle of host publicationA Resource Book
EditorsVander Viana
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781032252971, 9781032252995
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Oct 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • English for academic purposes
  • science communication
  • outreach
  • collocation
  • adjective-noun collocation
  • noun-noun collocation
  • pattern of use
  • TED Talks
  • online corpora
  • corpus analysis
  • corpus-based activity
  • corpus linguistics


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