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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 replaces

EDUC5960M Issues in EAP

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This 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.


On 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
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

Skills outcomes
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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours138.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reading 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 Feedback

Through monitoring of student participation and learning outcomes of in-class tasks; of out-of-class tasks; and of class participation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3000 words100.00
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 list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/09/2021


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