In this course you will explore the key features of Academic English, looking at how to apply these to teaching and learning, course design and assessment. The course will enable you to evaluate existing materials, to adapt them to your context and to design them for your learners. You will complete the course with a clearer idea of how to make your teaching more efficient and effective, with contextually-relevant and useful ideas for preparation, marking and giving feedback.


" The course was hands-on and led by highly skilled tutors in the areas of EAP. The collaborative environment supported my motivation to ask questions and to learn more. "


Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Experience: Teacher with some teaching experience.
Language Level: B2 or higher
Course dates:
15 January - 20 March 2024
8 April - 12 June 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee £495
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 18
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

The influence of culture on EAP
Identifying student needs and adapting to contextual constraints
Fundamentals of EAP assessment
Key features of EAP
Materials evaluation, adaptation & design
Content in the EAP classroom and designing ESAP courses
Discourse and Genre Analysis
Integrated teaching and learning
Incorporating technology into the EAP classroom
Teaching study skills

This course aims to help you to understand the key issues involved in the design and delivery of EAP and will help you not only develop skills in the practical aspects of EAP instruction, but gain critical awareness of the theory behind it.

" I know several of my coworkers have been teaching EAP without a foundation as I was. This course provides that and gives confidence to trust their practice. "


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Further Information

NILE Online courses are highly interactive and learning takes place through varied and engaging multimedia content and the collaboration between participants from different contexts. All participants work on the same unit in the same week but there is a high level of flexibility within that time period to help you fit studying around your life and work. The interaction via forums and the other powerful digital tools built into the platform help and encourage you to share ideas, ask questions, explore concepts and build up a community.

You need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. Much of the course can be done on a mobile device, but a computer is needed for certain activities and tasks.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and an innovative social and cultural programme.

Meet a Tutor: Tom Sarney

Tom Sarney NILE

Tom Sarney has over 25 years working in education. He has worked in a variety of different countries and contexts as a teacher, trainer, teacher educator, materials and course designer, academic manager, and trainer of trainers.

Tom has a passion for learning and education, especially within the areas of tertiary EMI provision and in designing and implementing innovative approaches to teacher development. Tom is also an advocate of evidence-based teaching, and how evidence-based practice can be used to improve teacher efficacy and student learning.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
8 April - 12 June 2024 Online 8 weeks
8 April - 12 June 2024 with Trinity CertPT Online 8 weeks