Teaching English for Academic Purposes (013X5)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The aim of the module is to enable teachers with a standard qualification in and experience of Teaching English as a Foreign Language to develop in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of current theories and research in Teaching English for Academic Purposes, and an understanding of the linguistic, theoretical and practical issues of classroom practice in that area. The content is based on the BALEAP* Competency Framework for Teachers of English for Academic Purposes and comprises four strands: academic practice; EAP students; curriculum development; and programme implementation.

The module comprises four strands within the framework:

1. Academic Practice
This strand includes a consideration of the way in which contexts of academic language use, disciplinary differences in the way that knowledge and discourse are constructed, and the development of learning autonomy affect the learning, teaching and assessment of EAP.
2. EAP Students
This strand considers student needs and how to respond to them, as well as autonomy and critical thinking.
3. Curriculum Development
Curriculum development comprises syllabus and programme construction, text processing and text production.
4. Programme Implementation
Programme implementation includes forms of assessment and some teaching practice (peer teaching).

(*BALEAP: British Association for Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes)

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 18 hours of contact time and about 282 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.