About BALEAP PIM in Glasgow

Theme: Learner Identity – Managing Transitions

When and where

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Fore Hall (A8 on Campus Map) at the University of Glasgow (check the Useful Information tab for details)


Preparing our learners for studies in academic contexts is a key competence of the EAP practitioner. It entails among other things understanding learner identity and facilitating transitions into the academy.

But what do we understand by ‘learner identity’? How do we deal with transitions across levels of study, disciplines, genres, geographical and cultural borders? What does the requirement to facilitate a large number of crossings and development of multiple identities mean for the EAP practitioner and student? And should we always be encouraging learners to manage transitions?

Possible topics for sessions may include (but are by no means limited to) the following:

  • Facilitating transitions (between levels and/or contexts of study; into and beyond academic study)
  • Negotiating multiple identities: interdisciplinary, professional and private
  • Developing an academic identity and voice when engaging in academic discourse
  • Developing discipline-specific identities
  • Managing and negotiating identity in technology-enhanced environments
  • Learners’ perceptions: conforming, confronting, and adapting to new identities/roles
  • Approaching research on learner identity

BALEAP supports the professional development of those involved in learning, teaching, scholarship and research in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The Professional Issues Meetings (PIMs) are regular one-day  forums held in HE institutions all around the UK,  for delegates to discuss matters of current concern , to respond  to changes and trends in ELT, and to exchange ideas on their practice within the profession.

Important event dates

The Call for Papers closes on Sunday, 26 June 2016 – The submission is now closed!


There will be two plenaries given by Professor Hilary Nesi and Professor Michele Schweisfurth (UofG Prof). Details of their talks will follow shortly.

The programme will become available once the abstracts get evaluated and selected speakers confirm their participation.


The registration is now open and can be accessed be via the BALEAP website.

Contact details

If you have any queries, please use the Contact tab or email us: baleap-pim-glasgow@glasgow.ac.uk

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