2014-senior-doctoral-fellow-speaker-seriesPlease join us for the third talk in the 2013-2014 series:

Publish (in English) or Perish: Academic Writing for Publication
with James Corcoran, International Foundation Program Senior Doctoral Fellow

Friday, March 28, 2014
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Room 2007D, Wilson Hall, New College
A light lunch will be served.


The global domination of English as an International Language of Science (EILS) has placed what many have termed an “inequitable” burden on non-native English-speaking (NNES) scholars when compared to their native English-speaking counterparts (Lillis & Curry, 2010). While barriers to NNES scientists’ academic writing for publication have been the subject of several recent studies (Hanauer & Englander, 2013), little research has focused on the impact of the domination of EILS on current and (especially) emerging scholars’ writing and publication practices in Latin American universities.

My talk highlights findings from a case study of Spanish mother tongue (L1) doctoral students and faculty attempting to publish articles in field-specific English language journals in order to obtain academic advancement. Participants were part of an intensive academic writing course offered at universities in Canada and Mexico aimed at mitigating academic writing barriers faced by emerging Latin American scientists. Major findings from the study, including major barriers to publication (L1-L2 transfer issues; insufficient knowledge of publishing norms; time constraints) and the pedagogical and ethical implications these findings raise for English for Academic Purposes practitioners will be explored, including a potential model for a critical yet pragmatic approach to the teaching of academic writing for publication in post-secondary contexts. This presentation will be of interest to all those involved in (teaching of) writing for academic purposes.


James Corcoran is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning Department at OISE-University of Toronto and a senior doctoral fellow (IFP) at The New College – University of Toronto. James has been an ESL/EFL teacher and teacher educator for the past 12 years. He has taught Academic English extensively at a post-secondary level in Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. James is currently a writing instructor at both the English Language and Writing Support Centre as well as the OISE Student Success Centre. James’ most recent research project investigates challenges facing Mexican scientists attempting to write research articles in English for publication in international journals.

– Room 2007D, Wilson Hall, New College

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Monday, April 7 – 12:00pm-2:00pm, Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health
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Date: March 28th, 2014
Start Time: 1:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Room 2007D, Wilson Hall, New College
Contact: June Larkin
E-Mail: june.larkin@utoronto.ca