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ALC8033 : Teaching English for Academic Purposes

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This aim of this module is to introduce students to the role of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teacher, using a combination of theoretical insights and practical analysis. Students will consider the different conceptualisations of EAP and analyse topical issues within the field: such as whether EAP should be general or specific; whether the focus should be on skills or language; and the impact of entry requirements. There will be an opportunity to revisit the teaching of language systems and skills introduced in other modules, this time considering the needs of EAP students and how these needs can be addressed in the classroom. Teaching materials will be analysed.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week       Topic

1       What is EAP?
2 The difference between EGAP and ESAP
3       Vocabulary and the Academic Word List
4       The place of grammar in the EAP classroom
5       Receptive skills: Teaching academic reading
6       Receptive skills: Teaching academic listening
7       Productive skills: Teaching academic speaking
8       Productive skills: Teaching academic writing
9       Teaching materials for EAP
10       Review of the module
11 Assignment support drop in sessions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading102:0020:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study189:0089:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture will introduce new topics each week and will also include group work and discussion, with reading tasks set in advance.
Structured guided learning will take the form of online asynchronous discussions based on a reflective learning activity introduced at the end of each lecture. The will allow students to develop and demonstrate their understanding of EAP and the role of the EAP teacher (skills outcomes 1&2). The final essay will assess the third skill outcome.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1003,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

All skills and knowledge will be assessed through and end of module essay, in which students will produce a critical evaluation of a set of materials for teaching EAP, the underlying theoretical assumptions, and how this relates to practice.

Reading Lists