2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
EDUC5913M Teaching Academic English
15 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Dr Simon Green
Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Mar View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Module replacesEDUC5960M Issues in EAP
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module is for teachers working in, or wishing to work in, academic English contexts such as university language centres. The module will help you understand what distinguishes academic discourse from other kinds and so understand the kinds of 'literacies' - skills, knowledge and technical abilities - that tertiary level students need to have, and understand how English for Academic Purposes teaching can help learners acquire those skills.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to critically discuss and, where appropriate, apply to practice, the following topics:
- Definitions of EAP
- Academic discourse
- Approaches to the description of academic discourse
- Approaches to EAP course design
- Approaches to the teaching of written practices in academia
- Approaches to the teaching of oral practices in academic
- Approaches to assessment in EAP
Learning outcomes will include:
- Understandings of the nature of pedagogic academic discourse ie the academic discourse undergraduates and postgraduates engage in, and thus the kinds of practices that define academic literacies
- Understandings of what EAP (EGAP and ESAP) is and can be
- Understandings of issues to do with teaching and assessing EAP
Students completing this module will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities:
- to engage critically in the development of professional/diciplinary boundaries and norms
- to make effective decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
- to learn independently
Indicative content in Italics
1. The Role of EAP: This first session frames the area for study by exploring the purposes EAP may serve, reviewing historical perspectives on EAP, and situating EAP within a contemporary Academic Literacies perspective.
2. The Nature of Academic Discourse: This session explores the nature of professional and pedagogic academic discourse, exploring key concepts such as genre, discourse community and community of practice.
3. EAP Course Design: This session explores the processes through which EAP courses and materials may be constructed.
4. EAP and Written Communication: This session looks at how EAP can help students cope with the kinds of written interaction they must undertake in academic contexts.
5. EAP and Oral Communication: This session looks at how EAP can help students cope with the kinds of oral interaction they must undertake in academic contexts.
6. Assessment in EAP: The final session looks at the practice of assessment and evaluation in EAP courses.
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||138.00|
|Total Contact hours||12.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyReading for each seminar: 6 x 5 hours = 30 hours
Group preparation for each seminar: 6 x 5 hours = 30 hours
Assignment reading and preparation: 78 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThrough monitoring of student participation and learning outcomes of in-class tasks; of out-of-class tasks; and of class participation.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Assessment as for all School of Education Level 5 modules, will be by assignment. Assignments will ask participants to consider the relevance and implications of one or more aspects of the issues that have been discussed in the module for their own TESOL context.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 20/09/2021
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