Staff Profile:Dr Sarah Brewer

Professor Sarah Brewer
Job Title:

Research and Publications Co-Ordinator

Base Programme:
TNE & Academic English Programme


My career started in English Literature and my PhD was an edition of 18th century letters. I've been working in English Language teaching since 1991 and joined ISLI in 2002. As a lecturer in EAP, I am a member of BALEAP (the global forum for EAP professionals) and am currently the Chair (2019-22).  I am also an assessor for the BALEAP Accreditation Scheme (BAS) which accredits EAP courses in the UK and overseas. I am keen to support and promote EAP practitioners' involvement in scholarship and research am on the editorial board of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and one of the editors of the International Journal of English for Academic Purposes: Research and Practice. 


MA (Oxon), MA ELT (Reading), PhD (Birmingham)<o:p></o:p>


Areas of Interest:
My own interests are in the teaching of reading, reading-into-writing and in assessment and I have presented on these areas in the UK, the Czech Republic, Norway and Austria. I have recently joined the Transnational Education team in ISLI and am convening modules on this programme and teaching on the Academic English Programme
Research groups / Centres:

Books or contributions to books:

Brewer, S. (Ed.). (1995)The Early Letters of Bishop Richard Hurd (1739-1762). Woodbridge: The Boydell Press.

Brewer, S., (2004). Macro, Cox (bap. 1683, d. 1767). In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brewer, S., & Ditchfield, G. M. (2004). Hurd, Richard (1720-1808). In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Pre

Publications available online:

Brewer, S., Calderwood, M., Roche, C., Schmitt, D., Slaght, J., & Williams, A. (2013.). Can Do Framework: Competency statements for international students (Master's level).

Blaj-Ward, L., & Brewer, S. (Eds.). (2013). Snapshots of EAP research journeys.

Standring, A., Stanfield, G., & S. Brewer (Eds.) Papers from the Professional Issues Meeting (PIM) on In-sessional English for Academic Purposes held at London School of Economics 19 March 2016

Journal articles:

Brewer, S. (2021) Researching language and social media use in multilingual groups working on academic group assignments. Proceedings of the BALEAP 2019 Biennial Conference, Leeds, April 2019. Reading. Garnet Education [in press]

Brewer, S., & Whiteside, K. (2019). The Cara Syria Programme - combining teaching of English for Academic Purposes and academic and research skills development. Language Learning in Higher Education. Journal of CercleS (European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education). Special issue: Language learning for and with refugees in higher education

Brewer, S. & Wilding, E. (2019). Management roles in EAP teaching: Creating an EAP management network. Proceedings of the BALEAP 2017 Biennial Conference, Bristol, April 2017. Reading. Garnet Education.

Parkinson, T., Brewer, S., Camps, C., Turner, J. Robertson, K. Jenkins, M. Whiteside, K., Zoubir, T. (2018). Supporting Syrian academics to be agents for change: The role of UK universities. Educational Developments. 19(1). 1-5.

Brewer, S., Copping, E., Huang, J. & Wilding, E. (2018). Social networking and international student integration at university. International Study Experience Journal, 6(1).

Selected Conference Papers

EAP and academics in exile:

'The Cara Syria Programme: integrating teaching of English for Academic Purposes into a programme supporting exiled Syrian academics', Linguistic issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers: one day interdisciplinary forum, University of Reading, 3 July 2019

'EAP for Syrian academics at Risk: facilitating engagement and collaboration' (with Michael Jenkins, David Read and Karin Whiteside. BALEAP Biennial conference, University of Leeds, April 2019

The Cara Syria Programme: Integrating the teaching of English for Academic Purposes into a programme to support exiled Syrian academics (with Dr Karin Whiteside). Pro Language Conference, University of Reading, 2018

The multilingual classroom

'Language and social media in multilingual group assignments: researching group work dynamics'. BALEAP Biennial conference, University of Leeds, April 2019

'Networking across borders: challenges in crossing linguistic, academic and cultural borders'. Language Education across Borders, Graz, 8 -10 December, 2017

'Developing specificity in the writing classroom' (workshop) (with Anne Vicary), European Association of Teachers of Academic Writing (EATAW) Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, June, 2015

'Reading in the international classroom: making sense of research papers' Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes Conference, Oslo, June, 2015

'Analysing ESAP provision and improving course design and materials' (with Anne Vicary). Norwegian Forum for English for Academic Purposes Conference, Oslo, June, 2014

'Cross pollination: feeding research into teaching practice', BALEAP Biennial conference, University of Portsmouth, April, 2011

'Treading on dangerous ground? Teaching the literature review within a Discipline', ResTES, BALEAP Conference, University of Portsmouth, April, 2011

'Using Jing with low-level reading classes', BALEAP PIM, University of Bristol, February, 2011


'Verifying criteria for standard setting: the Can Do Project (UK)' (with John Slaght), IATEFL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG Conference, Prague, October, 2012,

'Innovation in HE assessment and its impact on in-sessional and pre-sessional programmes', BALEAP PIM, University of Sheffield, November, 2011

'BALEAP Can Do framework: Listening (with John Slaght), IATEFL Symposium, Academic Listening, Convenor: Glyn Jones, IATEFL Conference, April, 2011

'Sweetening the pill: helping students to digest and act upon assessment feedback', BALEAP PIM, University of Nottingham, November, 2010

'Can Do Project', Work in Progress session (with Diane Schmitt and John Slaght), Language Testing Research Colloquium, University of Cambridge, April, 2010


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