Speaking Skills for Academic Purposes


With the inevitable growth in English-medium courses in higher education, teachers and lecturers need three fundamental platforms on which to build their practice: 1. insight into the discourse of target English texts used and produced by academics and students; 2. the ability in English to match assessment coherently and transparently to the taxonomy of thinking that higher education demands; and 3. awareness of ‚linguistic register‘ in English speech and how it impacts on their role as a lecturer. Seminars are relevantly focussed on reflecting on and improving professional practice, and included on the day is a practical session on developing physical voice.


We will focus on:

  • English academic discourse analysis: The L2-medium teacher perspective and awareness-raising methods for the teaching-learning environment
  • Instructional language for assessment
  • Speaking in an academic environment: Formal versus informal English
  • Lecturer development: Useful daily habits for clearer speech and accent reduction


Lektor: Tony Corballis


Tony is an EAP and business English specialist with 21 years of university and commercial experience in teaching, lecturing, authoring, training and coaching. With an M.A., B.Com., and Trinity College Licentiate Dip. TESOL, he has worked across one Australian and six British universities, mostly in EAP and academic literacies, Business English and related ESAP, and before that as an educational manager of an EFL, EAP and Medical English department in British Further Education. He’s co-authored books, including Garnet’s English for Management Studies (winner of the 2009 English Speaking Union’s Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Award) and authored extensive published materials brought to market in Australia, China, Vietnam, Thailand and the UK. He has also delivered modules on Middlesex University’s MA in Interpreting.  He currently balances employment at University of London SOAS with an enterprise providing executive coaching.



Datum a čas konání: 11. 10. 2014,  9:00 – 16:00

Místo konání: Studovna CJV na Komenského náměstí 2, Brno, 602 00


Kontaktní osoba: Štefan Kosztolányi (kosztolanyi@mail.muni.cz)