This module will familiarise you with principles and practice of current approaches and methods in teaching English for Academic Purposes. You will look at the development of EAP within the wider field of English for Specific Purposes. Needs analysis is a vital component of the course: understanding the range of needs that students have in studying at Higher Education and the key components that may be required in a particular context.

The key principles in EAP course design will be looked at as well as cross-cultural and intercultural issues in EAP. As part of this course you will examine the requirements of the most commonly accepted examinations for entry to tertiary level education and create tools for formative and summative progress assessment.

This module carries 30 credits.

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" The NILE EAP course was delivered in a clear-cut and straightforward way, was directly related to practical applications in my work, and was rich with relevant insight from scholars in the field. No fluff, just effective learning and extensive interaction with brilliant classmates and tutors. "

Participant - 2020

Is this course for you?

 
Location: Online
 
Experience: Degree. language teaching experience
 
Language Level: B2/C1 or higher
 
Course dates: 17 April – 21 June 2023
 
Certification:
Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA awarded by University of Chichester
 
Course Length: 8 weeks (+ 1 week break)
 
Course fees: £1150
 
Minimum age: 18
 
Max class size: 16
 
Tutor-led and highly interactive
 
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
 
Specialist ELT eLibrary
 
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

 
The construction and use of needs analysis tools suitable to a particular context
 
The theoretical basis of current approaches and methods in teaching English for Academic Purposes, including cross-cultural and intercultural issues
 
The theoretical principles of discourse and genre analysis
 
How to apply these principles for the purposes of EAP materials and course design
 
How to carry out principled evaluations of a range of EAP materials
 
How to apply principles to the design of EAP courses and materials for a variety of purposes and contexts
 
EAP course design, including syllabus design, staffing, timetabling and resourcing
 
The balance between language and content in EAP
 
Review of EAP corpora
 
Key issues in assessment in EAP contexts and the design of appropriate assessment instruments

Assessment (written after completion of the course and supervised at distance by tutors): A portfolio (50%) containing TWO of the following three options

  1. An evaluation of an EAP coursebook for use with an identified target group.
  2. A detailed discourse/genre analysis, of an EAP text for use with a specified group of learners.
  3. EAP materials design for three hours of class time for a specified group of learners, plus a critical evaluation of their use in practice.

A main assignment (3,000 words) (50%): the principled design of an EAP course (maximum 4 weeks) for a specified target group.

" The materials selected were useful. There was a good mix of theory and practice. There is an extensive suggested reading list, but excerpts were provided. "

Participants - 2019

" It was very helpful to gain some perspective from others operating within different teaching contexts and cultures. "

Participant - 2019

Further Information

Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos. Participants need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. You can do much of the course on a tablet or mobile device, but will need a computer for certain activities.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and the NILE digital Tasks are interactive, involving live online sessions, forums and community walls, and utilise a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.

All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.

Course Leader

Anna Whinnett

Anna is a senior examiner, teacher trainer and consultant with specific expertise in ESP and language testing and assessment. Her ELT career began as a language school EFL teacher more than 20 years ago. She has been an online tutor for almost a decade teaching and supporting international Master’s students in UK higher education, and as an external examiner/ adviser she is involved in the development and quality assurance of EAP programmes in the UK and abroad.

Anna’s qualifications include an MA in Language Testing a postgraduate Dip TESOL and the LTCL Diploma TESOL.


Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
17 April - 21 June 2023 Online 8 weeks