In this course you will explore aspects relevant to teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes.

The course will give you the chance to develop your knowledge of relevant teaching practice, exploring student, teacher and faculty expectations and roles. You will have opportunities to discuss and reflect on course and materials design, and contemporary approaches to assessment.

A personal project will give you the opportunity to develop, and receive feedback on, an aspect of teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes that particularly interests you.


Is this course for you?

Location: Norwich
Tertiary or foundation level teachers wanting to familiarise themselves with or update their knowledge and awareness of English for Specific Academic Purposes.
Language Level: B2/C1 or higher
Course dates:
19 - 30 August 2024
NILE Certificate
Course Length: 2 weeks
Course fees:
Registration fee: £175
Course fee: £1125
Accommodation (2 weeks):
Homestay (half-board): £546
Residential (half-board): £616
Residential (self-catering): £546
More information
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Free social and cultural programme
Cross-curricular and cultural workshops
Specialist ELT Library
Complementary eLearning platform

Course content

Needs analysis and the planning and design of ESAP courses
Understanding faculty or disciplinary requirements for students
The development of materials useful for the ESAP classroom
Contemporary assessment and feedback approaches in the ESAP context
Using the literature to inform practice in the ESAP context
Personal project/ field research: exploring an aspect of ESAP that interests you


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This course consists of 50 hours of tuition, delivered between 09:15 and 16:00, Monday - Friday. You will also take part in cross-curricular workshops on a variety of topics, and each course includes a free evening and weekend programme of social and cultural activities and trips.

Sample Timetable

Further Information

Specific course content comes from feedback you and other participants give us through pre-course questionnaires, identifying your needs and priorities.

Time will be built into the course for reflection and for you to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to your classroom in your own professional contexts.

NILE offers various accommodation options, including homestay with carefully selected hosts and residential accommodation at the University of East Anglia. NILE’s dedicated student welfare team can be reached 24 hours a day.

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

Meet a Tutor: Anna Whinnett

Anna Whinnett NILE

Anna is a NILE Affiliate Trainer and consultant with specific expertise in language testing and assessment and EAP. Since starting as a teacher in 1997, she has worked as a senior leader, teacher trainer and senior examiner, and has extensive experience in both face-to-face and online environments. Anna’s qualifications include an MA in Language Testing, a postgraduate Dip TESOL and the LTCL Diploma TESOL. She is currently undertaking PhD research into multilingual e-assessments.

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
19 August - 30 August 2024 Norwich 2 weeks