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MA - Teaching English for Academic Purposes

This module will familiarise you with principles and practice of current approaches and methods in teaching English for Academic Purposes. You will look at the development of EAP within the wider field of English for Specific Purposes. Needs analysis is a vital component of the course: understanding the range of needs that students have in studying at Higher Education and the key components that may be required in a particular context.

The key principles in EAP course design will be looked at as well as cross-cultural and intercultural issues in EAP. As part of this course you will examine the requirements of the most commonly accepted examinations for entry to tertiary level education and create tools for formative and summative progress assessment.

This module carries 30 credits.

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Location: Online


Experience: Degree. language teaching experience


Language Level: B2/C1 or higher


Course dates: 17 April – 21 June 2023


Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA awarded by University of Chichester


Course Length: 8 weeks (+ 1 week break)


Course fees: £1210


Minimum age: 18


Max class size: 16


Tutor-led and highly interactive


Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms


Specialist ELT eLibrary


Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content


The construction and use of needs analysis tools suitable to a particular context


The theoretical basis of current approaches and methods in teaching English for Academic Purposes, including cross-cultural and intercultural issues


The theoretical principles of discourse and genre analysis


How to apply these principles for the purposes of EAP materials and course design


How to carry out principled evaluations of a range of EAP materials


How to apply principles to the design of EAP courses and materials for a variety of purposes and contexts


EAP course design, including syllabus design, staffing, timetabling and resourcing


The balance between language and content in EAP


Review of EAP corpora


Key issues in assessment in EAP contexts and the design of appropriate assessment instruments

Assessment (written after completion of the course and supervised at distance by tutors): A portfolio (50%) containing TWO of the following three options

  1. An evaluation of an EAP coursebook for use with an identified target group.

  2. A detailed discourse/genre analysis, of an EAP text for use with a specified group of learners.

  3. EAP materials design for three hours of class time for a specified group of learners, plus a critical evaluation of their use in practice.

A main assignment (3,000 words) (50%): the principled design of an EAP course (maximum 4 weeks) for a specified target group.

Further Information

Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos. Participants need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. You can do much of the course on a tablet or mobile device, but will need a computer for certain activities.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and the NILE digital Tasks are interactive, involving live online sessions, forums and community walls, and utilise a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.

All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.

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