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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2019-2020 (archived)

Module LANG42115: Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP)

Department: English Language Centre

LANG42115: Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2019/20 Module Cap
Tied to Q3K807


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  • at the end of this module, students will:
  • have full working knowledge of the principle theoretical underpinnings of EAP
  • be able to critically evaluate theory and practice in relation to wider cultural and global higher education contexts
  • be able to locate EAP with respect to related research and discourses (eg Academic Literacies: Critical Pedagogy: Neoliberalism; (Inter)disciplinarity)
  • have full understanding of the influence of relevant theory on EAP learning and teaching practice
  • be able to critically evaluate new proposals in theoretical perspectives on academic discourse in terms of their applicability to EAP teaching
  • be able to critically evaluate published EAP teaching resources in terms of their applicability to specific learning contexts
  • be able to theorise personal practice in terms of current theoretical perspectives on EAP
  • be able to apply relevant methods of enquiry to investigate issues in EAP within current theoretical frameworks


  • in this module we will explore and critically assess the theory and practice of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). A central focus throughout will be the classroom practice of EAP and the needs of (mainly) international students preparing for university-level study in an English-speaking HE context.
  • we examine the importance for teacher development and education of locating EAP within an understanding of university academic practices; the local affordances of institutions and practitioners; and the wider, global contexts of higher education.
  • this context-sensitive view informs our exploration of EAP student needs, academic discourse, curriculum, assessment, pedagogies and teacher autonomy
  • the module is informed partly by the Competency Framework for Teachers of EAP (BALEAP, 2008, 20014) but also adopts a critical stance in relation to this particular statement of the professional knowledge and competencies of EAP teachers

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • understanding of how disciplinary epistemologies impact academic textual and linguistic practices
  • full understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in EAP course design, assessment and pedagogy
  • understanding of current approaches to EAP teaching as they relate to different approaches to academic discourse analysis
  • full understanding of the ways in which EAP theory and practice differ from mainstream English language teaching and CLT methodology
Subject-specific Skills:
  • to be able to critically assess the relationship between theory and practice in published research and pedagogical literature
  • to be able to critically assess the sociological and cultural influences on the localised practice of EAP
  • to assess the merits of the most influential theories of academic writing that currently exist, including genre theory and academic literacies
  • mastery of skills in critical teaching, drawing on current theory where possible
Key Skills:
  • ability to read and understand primary texts
  • ability to connect theoretical issues to an applied context
  • ability to be critically reflexive, locating values and practices within an awareness of wider structures and contexts

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • the lectures will introduce students to a range of theoretical and applied perspectives on current issues in English for Academic Purposes and the implications and applications for the EAP classroom that arise from them, such that students will have a good command of relevant theoretical background and be able to apply this knowledge to actual or envisaged teaching practice
  • the seminars will provide a forum for discussion structured around weekly readings
  • the tutorials will provide support for the course assessment so that the student adequately demonstrates an ability to research and organise complex material

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 weekly in term 2 2 hours 18
Seminars 4 weekly except when tutorials 1 hour 4
Tutorials 2 twice in term 2 1 hour 2
Preparation and Reading 126

Summative Assessment

Component: Discursive Essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Discursive Essay 3000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

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Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University