EAP in Ireland Conference

EAP in Ireland 2018 Annual Conference

EAP as a Learning Community: New Directions and Opportunities

October 6, 2018

Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland

Times, speakers, chairs and other details subject to change.

Find the schedule here

Find the programme here


Overview of the Organisation

EAP in Ireland is a new and developing professional network organisation for those specialising in English for Academic purposes in Ireland, and the EAP community worldwide. It offers a platform to develop and reflect the vibrant EAP community of shared practices and research within individual institutions of all levels of education.

Building recognition and visibility of EAP, as well as highlighting the key contributions and requirements for EAP within each educational environment, is a key aim of this national teaching and learning initiative.

The development of a variety of approaches to EAP for all subjects, through collaborative partnerships with educational organisations, is a core value of EAP in Ireland, as well as training, accreditation, conferences and collaboration.


Available here from eventbrite: early bird 30 euros, 40 euros regular


Plenary Speakers

We are delighted to announce our three plenary speakers!

Sarah O’Brien


Sarah O’Brien is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin and Director of Trinity’s Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching. Her research investigates the intersection between migration, language and memory.

Talk Title: Linguistic Ecosystems in Irish Higher Education

Anne O’Keeffe

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Anne O’Keeffe is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.

Talk Title: Can Corpus Linguistics help us in the EAP classroom?

Rachael Fionda

Dr. Rachael Fionda, Director, UCD Applied Language Centre

Rachael is Director of the Applied Language Centre, UCD. The Centre teaches 10 languages and is responsible for the language tuition of a large cohort of EAP students.

Rachael studied BA Linguistics at Leeds University, MPhil Applied Linguistics at Innsbruck University and PhD Applied Linguistics at Trinity College, Dublin. She has taught and lecture English around Europe, published book chapters and articles on Applied Linguistics themes and was academic director of an EAQUALS accredited private language school prior to moving to UCD.

Rachael speaks German and Italian, loves the outdoors and has two children.

Talk Title: Finding your tribe – taking your place in the EAP community

General Conference Information


Griffith Avenue, Dublin, D09 R232; http://www.mie.ie; Tel: 01 805 7700 (Main Switch)



Directions from City Centre:

  • From the top of O’Connell Street, drive past Parnell Square to the Drumcondra Road.
  • Follow the signs to the airport.
  • After the Skylon Hotel, take a right at the next large crossroads; this brings you onto Griffith Avenue.
  • At the fourth set of traffic lights on Griffith Avenue, turn left into Charlemont Estate, leading to the entrance for Marino Institute of Education.

Directions from the M50:

  • After the West link toll on the M50 drive towards the Airport.
  • Take a right exit towards the City centre from Junction 3 at the M50.
  • Drive the MI to the N1 towards the City Centre.
  • After the Bonnington Hotel take the second left onto Griffith Avenue.
  • At the fourth set of traffic lights on Griffith Avenue, turn left into Charlemont Estate, leading to the entrance for Marino Institute of Education.


The conference will run from 9.30am to 5.45pm, with registration commencing at 9.00am.

Accommodation options within walking distance of Marino Institute of Education:

Applewood B&B
144 Upper Drumcondra Road,
Dublin 9.
Tel: 00353 1 837 83 28

Willow House B&B                                                                           
130 Upper Drumcondra Road,
Dublin 9.
Tel: 00353 1 837 57

Baldara House
126 Upper Drumcondra Road,
Dublin 9.
Tel: 00353 1 836 86 68
Bonnington Hotel
Swords Road,


Dublin 9.
Tel: 00353 1 837 15 31

Skylon Hotel                                                  
Upper Drumcondra Road,
Dublin 9.
Tel: 00353 1 884 39 00

Food & Drink
Throughout the conference, there will be coffee/tea, biscuits and lunch  will be provided (each delegate will be given a voucher to spend on a meal in the restaurant) . To save on plastic and paper cups please bring with you a water bottle as there will be jugs of water from which you can refill.  
There will be an evening meal option, so please fill in this doodle if you are interested in attending the evening meal:
The evening meal will take place at the BRU House in Fairview (12, Fairview, Dublin, D03 C998), which is a 15 minute walk from the conference venue. A few platters will be provided by EAP in Ireland – any dinners or pints will be at the individual’s cost.
We have chosen a casual approach to the dinner where delegates may join us for a simple pint, or may choose to order a full meal. So, join us for 30 minutes or for longer!