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Opening plenary: state of the union: what union

Furneaux, C. (2020) Opening plenary: state of the union: what union. In: Gillway, M. (ed.) Proceedings of the 2017 BALEAP Conference. Addressing the state of the union: Working together = learning together. Garnet, Reading, UK, pp. 13-26. ISBN 9781782606765

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The BALEAP 2017 conference theme was ‘Addressing the State of the Union: Working together = learning together’. The opening plenary, on which this chapter is based, sought to explore the nature of that Union between EAP units and their universities. I did that by surveying BALEAP institutional members about their unit: its place within their university, and what is offered to students and staff. The overarching context focused on was Britain, as that is the one with which I am familiar and for which I have access to data, both nationally and with regard to the survey. However, the plenary and this paper are offered in the hope that colleagues from other places might identify common ground and interesting differences to be either grateful for or concerned about. The chapter begins with an overview of the background to our Union, with its origins over 40 years ago, before moving on to describe what the survey reveals about its state today. The present situation includes the challenges posed to the Union in the form of private educational providers, and the chapter turns to them before concluding by suggesting ways the Union can be strengthened by those who work in EAP. Whether that will be enough to ensure the Union survives another 40 years will no doubt be discussed at future BALEAP conferences.

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