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Critical Examination of the EAP Debate

            This paper critically examines the varied approaches to teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP). In particular, it examines Critical Pedagogy, Pragmatic Pedagogy and Critical-Pragmatic Pedagogy in the context of teaching academic writing to university students. This is an important issue as there is widespread debate as to what constitutes effective EAP instruction within the academic sphere. The conflicting perspectives are that a critical approach to pedagogy, with its challenge of current 'implicit and explicit standards' (Cherryholmes: 1988) is most effective. Other academics argue the case of a vulgar pragmatic approach that relies on structure and 'the notions of theory and practice' (Williams: 1983). There is also support for a hybrid approach to EAP learning, known as critical pragmatism. This method encourages the characteristic critical pedagogical challenge of the status quo, while still requiring ideas to be translated and conveyed by means of structured 'discourse practices' (Cherryholmes: 1988). Finally, upon examining the aforementioned approaches to EAP by review of scholarly literature, I intend to argue affirmatively that vulgar-pragmatic based pedagogy is the best and most effective method of teaching EAP to university students.
             The concept of critical pedagogical learning relies on the principle that 'the classroom needs to be continually interrogated for the ideologies it fosters and reproduces' (McLaren: 2011). This means that 'criticalists' (those who support a critical approach) prefer a system of education that challenges students to think beyond what is taught and form their own opinions; to broaden their thoughts and to construct their own voice (Palmer, Emmon: 2004). Burbules and Berk (1999) incite that by 'urging teachers to help students become more skeptical toward commonly accepted truisms' that they will not allow themselves to be 'deceived' by the widely accepted dogma proponed upon them by society and its authoritative figures.

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