ALC8033 : English for Academic Purposes

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; and whether the focus should be on skills or language. There will be an opportunity to revisit the teaching of language systems and skills, this time considering the needs of EAP students and how these needs can be addressed in the classroom. Both published and in-house materials will be analysed, and we will also consider how EAP courses are, and should be, assessed.

Outline Of Syllabus

This is a sample syllabus, and the order of individual sessions may be subject to change in any given year.

Week       Topic

1       What is EAP?
2       EGAP or 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       Materials for teaching EAP
10       Assessing academic English
11       Review session and assignment support

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture113:0033:00Lectures and small group study
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading113:0033:00Reading and Preparation
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study184:0084:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time101:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module requires both a theoretical understanding of debates within the field of English for Academic Purposes, and a practical understanding of how and why to teach it. The lectures and small group study will enable students to engage with the literature and discuss/develop their own understanding of the field, and this will be facilitated through online discussions. Meanwhile, small-group study and guided independent study will enable the students to assess current teaching and testing materials, an essential skill for any future EAP teacher.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M1010 entries to be completed of 300 words each. Any missing entries, or those outside of the word limit, will not be awarded a score.
Portfolio2M401500 word assignment, using both entries from reflective log and other evidence to demonstrate the develop understanding of module.
Essay2A502500 word analysis of teaching/testing materials, with reference to the relevant literature and theories.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The reflective log is intended to feed into the assessed portfolio, and is counted as 10% of the assessment in order to ensure participation. The portfolio is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the development of their own understanding of what EAP is, and also the development of their own understanding of the role of EAP teacher, both of which are key learning outcomes. Meanwhile, the essay asks students to appraise a chosen set of teaching materials or an EAP assessment, and outline where, and why, improvements or adaptations may be required. To do this confidently, they must be able to both outline how skills and systems can be developed in an EAP classroom, and recount the current controversies and debates with EAP.

Reading Lists