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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELU5001M Participants, Practices and Pedagogies in Academic Communication

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Bee Bond

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

- Prior learning to Level 6 (undergraduate degree or equivalent).
- Either: a post graduate teaching qualification (Diploma; Post Graduate Certificate; Masters) and/or minimum 2 years fulltime or cumulative experience of teaching in higher education or teaching English for Specific Purposes.
- Minimum English language expertise at 7 overall in IELTS with a minimum of 7 in all components; C1 CEFR

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

By completing the module, you will reach an in-depth understanding and be able to critique current knowledge and issues in EAP related to teaching and learning theories, approaches and practices. You will also be asked to demonstrate the development in your understanding of the field gained over the duration of the module and to show how your own questioning and challenging of current knowledge in EAP has progressed and/or changed your own practices.


The main focus of this module is teaching practice that focuses on developing an understanding of academic communication. It is therefore important that you develop an understanding of the range of contexts and genres in and through which academic communication takes place. This will help you to plan and critique lessons and teaching materials that aim to support students to develop their language for academic purposes. You will consider the importance of understanding the needs of students within the context of their studies, and think about the relationship between students, academics from their disciplines and EAP academics in meeting these needs. You will explore the range of pedagogical approaches available to practitioners and consider the importance of needs analysis in supporting pedagogy and syllabus development. You will apply this work to your own practice by teaching and observing classes in academic communication within a specific context.

Learning outcomes
Pedagogical knowledge:
1. Draw on knowledge of a specific academic context in order to plan and critique a lesson or teaching unit
2. Practically apply knowledge of the field to teaching practice

Discipline Knowledge:
3. Analyse academic communication and discourse for the purposes of teaching
4. Draw on current issues and research to evaluate pedagogical value of a lesson.

Research and professional competency
5. Provide sensitive and developmental feedback on the teaching of others
6. Demonstrate a reflexive approach to your own teaching practice


This is an indicative list of areas we would aim to cover in the module.
1. Who are our students? What do they need?
2. Who are the disciplines? What do they want?
3. Who are we? What do we teach and how do we teach it?

4. Peer observation and reflexive practice.
5. Theories of language learning and knowledge building

6. Pedagogies and approaches to teaching EAP (contexts, cultures, methodologies)
7. Methods of classroom assessment of/for learning
8. Pedagogy outside the classroom (consultations; assessment and feedback for learning)

10-11. Lesson observations and feedback

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours228.50
Total Contact hours31.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

For each of the components of the portfolio, students will have the opportunity to undertake a practice task and gain peer and tutor feedback on it to help inform their final task submissions. This will be integrated into the learning plan for the semester

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PortfolioPortfolio of teaching practice, consisting of the following: Notes & feedback on a recorded EAP lesson (taught by someone else) 1 x Lesson Plan 1 x Video Recording of own lessons taught (min 15 minutes / max 45 minutes) 1 x Reflection on own observed lesson & feedback100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Deadlines for submission of different aspects of the portfolio will be set at different points throughout the semester to allow for feedforward into the following tasks.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/02/2023


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