Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Study a course for practicing language teachers, designed to develop your career into English for academic purposes (EAP). It guides you through the forms of language analysis, teaching techniques, and research practices surrounding the emerging field of EAP. The course encourages reflective practice and application of pedagogical skills within your own context. Key points: suitable for experienced in-service TESOL teachers; study the core areas of EAP theory and practice such as language analysis and testing and evaluation; discuss your studies online with an international community of teachers; gain the qualifications and skills needed to advance your career.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a degree or equivalent qualification, have at least 2 years' experience of teaching in the profession and be currently teaching and have successfully completed the Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL, Cambridge CELTA or equivalent. Applicants who have successfully completed a recognised professional teaching diploma in TESOL, such as the Trinity College Licentiate Diploma or Cambridge (DELTA) are exempt from stage 1.

Course modules

Postgraduate certificate: phonetics and phonology; pedagogical and functional grammar; EAP learner culture, differences and needs; the roles and expectations of an EAP teacher; EAP learner tasks, skills and disciplines; reflective practice. Postgraduate diploma: EAP course and syllabus design; self-prepared, published and electronic materials design and evaluation; self-prepared, published and electronic assessment and test design and evaluation; introduction to research methodology - focus groups, interviews, for teaching materials, assessments and course/syllabus; academic discourses and research genres; the academic literacies debate; argumentation and representations of critical thinking; general versus specific EAP; critical EAP
Research project. Project subject areas covered include: research methods (qualitative and quantitative); research ethics; designing your own individual research project.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment of on-line assignments; a classroom-based portfolio; 6000 word essay; 6000 word literature report; 12000-15000 word research project.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MEd Distance learning October 2016 GBP 2,100 per Module (England) 2 years
MEd Distance learning October 2016 GBP 2,100 per Module (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MEd Distance learning October 2016 GBP 2,100 per Module (Scotland) 2 years
MEd Distance learning October 2016 GBP 2,100 per Module (Wales) 2 years
MEd Distance learning October 2016 GBP 2,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PgCert Distance learning October 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Distance learning October 2016 - 1 years

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