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Alan Davis
Melissa Mariano
Anna Soltyska
Anna Timukova


If you have any questions regarding the conference, please send an email to:


The organisers reserve the right to make changes to this Conference Schedule


The fee for teachers/practitioners is 50€ and the (reduced) fee for students is 30€. Hot and cold drinks and a warm lunch are included.


Registration closed on 10 April 2019.


Venue: Overbergstraße 19
U35 Timetable

Travel Directions


The pre-conference dinner will be held on Friday 10 May in
Q-West: a modern restaurant located on the university campus.


Accommodation in Bochum

English for Specific Academic Purposes Conference 2019 at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum Language Centre (ZFA)

The ZFA is hosting the 2nd 'English for Specific Academic Purposes Conference' on 11 May 2019 on the topic Something old, something new: mediation in the context of ESAP.

As our title suggests the concept of mediation maybe familiar to us yet to some extent obscure and often unrecognized in our teaching. For this reason, many practitioners are hesitant to claim they make use of mediation. We therefore encourage you to review your practice and consider the conference strands in the broadest possible way. This conference aims to be a stepping-stone into the topic of mediation and the opportunities it provides, and would benefit from you sharing your insights, experiences and your work in progress.

In mediation, the user/learner acts as a social agent who creates bridges and helps to construct or convey meaning, sometimes within the same language, sometimes from one language to another (cross-linguistic mediation). The focus is on ... creating the space and conditions for communicating and/or learning, collaborating to construct new meaning, encouraging others to construct or understand new meaning, and passing on new information in an appropriate form. (CEFR Companion Volume (2018), P.103)

Examples of mediation activities and strategies

Results of the Conference Evaluation

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Conference Evaluation

Keynote speakers

We are honoured that three internationally renowned experts have accepted our invitation to present at the event:

Julio Gimenez
Tim Goodier
Carolyn Westbrook

Documentation from sessions

On this page you will find Abstracts and Speaker Profiles.

Due to popular demand our speakers have kindly made their slides etc. available.

Conference strands

Call for Papers

We have extended the submission deadline to 10 March 2019

Strand 1
The role of language mediation in higher education (ESAP, CLIL, EMI…).

Strand 2
Authenticity at the expense of reliability: How to incorporate mediation (tasks) into language assessment.

Strand 3
Power to the people! Enhancing learner autonomy using mediation.

Strand 4
Has mediation filled a void? Showcasing ESAP lesson concepts and teaching materials.

Esap2019 Audimax