Developing English for Research Publication Purposes in an Outer Circle University Context: Problems and Educational Considerations

Farzaneh Dehghan


English has become the lingua franca of research publication. To publish their research, EFL writers must develop a particular type of English proficiency called English for Research Publication Purposes (ERPP). Despite many advantages of having one international language of research, inequalities may occur against writers from particular linguistic or cultural backgrounds. Meanwhile, the extent to which graduate programs in EFL or outer circle universities are successful in helping students develop ERPP is rarely researched. This study, aims to explore inequalities in research publication from the viewpoints of EFL writers and to evaluate a graduate program regarding its effectiveness in helping EFL students become competent research writers.

For these objectives, interviews with EFL writers including M.A. and Ph.D. students (N=11) majoring in TEFL and their professors (N=5) were conducted to explore their problems in way of publishing their research in international journals. In addition, literature was used to develop a researcher-made questionnaire to evaluate the TEFL graduate program from the viewpoint of graduate students (N=83). Results showed that this group of EFL writers referred to bias as the most important problem they had in international research publication. However, they also agreed that research conducted by EFL writers suffers from many shortcomings. The results also showed that TEFL graduate program was not regarded efficient in developing ERPP in EFL writers. They did not think that their courses had an influential effect on making them international research writers.


English for Research Publication Purposes (ERPP), research publication, EFL academic writers

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