Teaching English for Academic Purposes

Key information

Start date: October 2021

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 11 weeks


Distance learning

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This online course is suitable for teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds. The content is aimed at both experienced and inexperienced practitioners who are interested in developing their understanding of practices and skills required for teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Learning outcomes

The course content is informed by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP) Competency Framework. On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify where EAP fits into the wider ESP context (K)
  • Understand the roles of the teacher and learner in EAP (C and K)
  • Identify the pedagogical and linguistic needs of the EAP learner (C, K, P and T)
  • Understand and apply basic principles of EAP course design (K, P and T)
  • Understand and apply basic principles of EAP materials evaluation and selection (C, K, P and T)
  • Recognise the linguistic features typical of academic genres (C and K)
  • Understand and apply basic principles for teaching key skills (C, K, P and T)
  • Identify key criteria for EAP assessment (K, P and T).


KSubject knowledge
PProfessional/practical skills
TTransferable skills

Course content

Informed by the BALEAP Competency Framework, indicative content includes:

  • Contextualising EAP 
  • Roles of the EAP Teacher and Learner
  • Needs Analysis in EAP
  • Principles of EAP Course Design
  • Materials Design, Selection and Coursebook Evaluation
  • Linguistic and Rhetorical Features of Academic Discourse
  • Teaching of the four key skills
  • Critical Thinking in EAP
  • Testing and Assessment in EAP
  • Technology Assisted Teaching of EAP.

There will also be an induction with an introduction to online learning. Technical support will be provided as necessary throughout the course.

Learning and teaching methods

This course is delivered by our team of experienced EAP professionals at Surrey. We have extensive experience in EAP course design as we run both in-sessional and pre-sessional EAP courses throughout the year. We also have experience of designing and delivering an MA TESOL programme.

The course content will be delivered using interactive technology and consists of mini video lectures supported by tasks and interactive webinars (all based on our Virtual Learning Environment). You will also have full access to relevant electronic materials including journal articles and books via our university library.

It is advised to allocate approximately 4 hours per week to complete the course content. This includes:

  • 1 hour to watch the mini video lectures (completed at a time of your convenience)
  • 2 hours to complete tasks and set reading (as above)
  • 1 hour to take part in an interactive webinar (scheduled at 12pm BST on Wednesdays).

There will also be an additional but optional drop-in hour for students scheduled on Mondays at 12pm BST.


On completion of the course you will be awarded a certificate in Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP).

The course in unassessed, however, you will receive feedback on your understanding of the course content and on the tasks you have completed during the interactive webinars. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to apply what you are learning to your current (and future) teaching practice.

Completion of the course should provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to apply for EAP teaching positions such as on university pre-sessional programmes.

Course leader

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Claire Rowcroft

TEAP Course Leader, Pre-sessional Programme Leader, and Teaching Fellow in EAP


This course takes place over 11 weeks. For 2021, the course dates are Monday 4 October until Friday 17 December.

Most of the course content can be completed asynchronously at a time of your choosing. This should allow you the flexibility to complete this course while also meeting your external work and other life commitments. The webinar is scheduled at 12pm BST each Wednesday, and the drop-in session is scheduled at 12pm BST each Monday.


Entry requirements

You do need to be fluent in English, as you will be required to read and analyse academic texts and discuss theory and concepts in detail.

A first degree or MA in English or languages would be highly beneficial, as would some previous teaching experience (EFL, ESOL, EAP).

To be able to engage with the course content, you will need a suitable device or computer with the capacity to make reasonable quality video calls using a webcam, headphones and microphone. You will also need to have a reasonable internet bandwidth and speed. Headphone use is recommended to avoid feedback and background noise. Technical advice and support will be provided as necessary.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in each other element.

Fees and funding

Price per person:


How to apply

You can apply for this module online.

If you have any questions about the course, please email the Course Leader (see details above). To apply for the course please click the button below. We very much look forward to receiving your application.

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