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PgCert Teaching English for Academic Purposes

Distance learning

Subject area • Teacher education

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At a glance

Study a 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.

Key points
• Suitable for graduates with experience teaching English to speakers of other languages.
• Explore the key issues involved in teaching EAP and develop the competencies needed to work in this area
• Develop an understanding of the conventions of the UK academic culture.
• Learn to critique areas of existiing research to support and develop your own teaching.

About this course

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 Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teacher education scheme. 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.

This course awards one third of the points needed for our MEd TESOL (EAP).

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Distance learning – one year
Starts October

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Fees – home and EU students

2014/15 academic year

Typically £2,000 for the course

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Fees – international students

2014/15 academic year

Typically £2,000 for the course

2015/16 academic year

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