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The PgCert TEAP is for experienced teachers of English who wish to develop their career by gaining specialist skills and knowledge in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

During the course you learn to

  • recognise the differences between general English as a foreign language and English for academic purposes
  • extend your knowledge of literature and scholarship in EAP
  • use and critically evaluate live classroom observation instruments as a method of data collection
  • evaluate a range of current EAP materials both practically and theoretically
  • respond to the needs of individuals and groups of students and design a suitable EAP tasks for them using contemporary research
  • reflect on your own practice by planning and carrying out structured classroom-based investigations including peer observation
  • demonstrate an understanding of current academic issues and their appropriateness to your own professional teaching and learning context
  • compile the evidence to support an application for BALEAP accreditation

The course is a professional development qualification designed to meet the increasing global demand for well-qualified teachers in EAP. It carries sixty credits, which can be used towards other post-graduate qualifications.

On the first of two modules, you deepen your understanding of learners, cultures of learning, academic discourse and student transition through UK academia. You look in-depth at a range of issues in EAP including learner autonomy, specific-disciplines, argumentation and critical thinking.

On the second of the modules, you take aspects of your own classroom practice and explore and critically evaluate them using current methodology and applied research. By researching a significant aspect of your own teaching you gain a deep understanding of EAP pedagogy.

The scholarship and research skills you gain will allow you to improve the learning experiences of your students and influence the practice of your institution.

The TESOL Centre has thirty years of delivering postgraduate courses to working teachers. We have an established reputation for providing e-teacher education courses and today use Blackboard, a virtual learning environment.

Flexible and dynamic learning online enables you to fit your study around your own personal and professional commitments. 

Course structure


  • Teaching EAP (30 credits)

Deepen your understanding of students' needs in their specific disciplines through the comparison of EAP materials and an analysis of authentic academic discourse. Enhance the effectiveness of the support you give students throughout their transition across educational cultures and contexts as you develop their autonomy and critical thinking.

  • Exploring classroom methodologies and practice (30 credits)

Improve your classroom practice by exploring and critically evaluating current theories of teaching methodology and applied research. Refresh and energise your understanding of the debates within EAP by researching a significant aspect of your own teaching.


Meet your learning objectives through

  • writing essays
  • text analysis
  • reflective accounts.


TESOL Centre graduates are working as language professionals and academic managers in many UK and international educational settings, including global universities, private language centres, colleges and schools.

Many take up roles as teacher educators, teacher managers, materials writers, test developers and language school directors.

In the UK, there were 430,000 non-UK students in 2015/16. Many EFL teachers return to the UK and take jobs teaching this large group of students. Others develop careers teaching academic literacies, writing classes, or study skills to both home and international students.

Recent graduates from the TESOL Centre are working in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Libya, Pakistan, Spain and Italy.

Visit the Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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