Teaching English for Academic Purposes

Key information

Start date: February 2021

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 11 weeks


Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

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If you are a teacher of English as a foreign language, you may be interested in developing your career in the direction of teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP). If so, then this distance learning module should provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to apply for EAP teaching positions. 

Successful completion of the module will evidence your knowledge of teaching EAP to prospective employers. The module is also eligible for recognition of prior learning on our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA course.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify where EAP fits into the wider ESP context (K)
  • Recognise the linguistic features typical of academic genres (C and K)
  • Analyse academic contexts and relate these to teacher and learner roles 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)
  • Identify key criteria for EAP assessment (K, P and T)
  • Differentiate between the demands of pre-sessional and in-sessional teaching (P and T)


Code Description
C Cognitive/analytical
K Subject knowledge
P Professional/practical skills
T Transferable skills

Course content

On this 15-credit level 7 masters module, indicative topics include:

  • Linguistic features of EAP
  • Roles of teachers and learners
  • Analysing EAP learners’ needs
  • EAP course design
  • Designing EAP materials
  • Teaching academic writing
  • Assessment in EAP
  • EAP courses.

Learning and teaching methods

This module is delivered by a team of experienced EAP professionals, using interactive distance learning technology and innovative toolsCourse content consists of video lectures, supported by online tasks and discussions with access to relevant electronic reading materials through membership our Library.


Assessments on this module include:

  • A 2,000 word essay taken from a choice of titles - 60%
  • A 1,500 word report built on constructing a needs analysis tool and interpreting the results - 40%

Course leader

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Gavin Floater

Teaching Fellow in English for Academic Purposes


This module takes place over 11 weeks, with a four-week break:

Date Description
10 February 2020 Start date
30 March - 24 April 2020 Four-week break
25 May 2020 Final assignment deadline


Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree, ideally in English or languages, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

Teaching qualifications such as the CELTA, Trinity TESOL Certificate or a PGCE will also be taken into consideration, along with TEFL/TESOL experience.

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:


UK/EU applicants


Overseas applicants

How to apply

You can apply for this module online.

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