Study a part-time distance learning course designed for experienced teachers of English who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in teaching English for academic purposes (EAP). There is an increasing global demand in higher education for specialised teachers in EAP, and this course gives you the ability to develop your career into this area.
This course is suitable 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.
-Demonstrate knowledge of existing literature in EAP.
-Use and critically evaluate live classroom observation instruments as a method of data collection.
-Use theory to critically evaluate a range of current EAP materials.
-Analyse the needs of a group of students and design a suitable EAP course for them using current research and literature sources.
-Examine 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.
The course is part of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MEd programme. It is a professional development qualification designed to meet the increasing global demand for well-qualified teachers in EAP. Our tutors are practising EAP teachers and course leaders with extensive experience and expertise in designing, delivering and managing EAP courses. We have an established reputation for providing e-teacher education courses at postgraduate level.
The course is delivered distance learning so you use Blackboard, our virtual learning environment, to aid your learning. You also receive peer support from other students on the course.
For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgcert-teaching-english-for-academic-purposes
Distance learning – 1 year
-Analysing language (phonology and grammar)
-The EAP learner
-Exploring classroom methodologies and practice
-Reflection on practice
-Essay on EAP learner tasks, critical thinking and autonomy.
-Reflective account of an aspect of teaching.
Normally you need: a degree, an English language teaching qualification, at least two years’ experience teaching English. If English is not your first language and your undergraduate degree was not conducted in the English language, you are required to have passed the IELTS English language test with a result of 7 or more, with a minimum of 6 in each skill area.