Saint Mary's University Writing Centre

Halifax, NS

A neat resource for EAP reading

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Jennifer MacDonald

CaptureIf I were teaching an EAP reading class at the B1+ level right now, I would be running to the photocopier with an article I just came across.

Explainer: What’s the difference between and outbreak and an epidemic? appeared on The Conversation a few weeks ago (more on this website in a moment). It’s clearly structured, and would tie in well to instruction on writing definitions, classifications or compare-and-contrast writing. There are also lots of examples of signposting using questions in this text. The article is a vocabulary lesson in and of itself, focusing on terms frequently used incorrectly in public discourse. The topic is related to current events, so could be engaging for almost any class, but could be of particular interest to those students planning on studying a health profession, community health or international development.

I have only recently discovered The Conversation (which has US, UK and

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