Teaching English for Academic Purposes MA

This course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to become a competent, research-informed and innovative English for academic purposes (EAP) practitioner.

Worldwide, there has been a significant increase in the demand for EAP teachers. This growth has stemmed from the expansion of English as a medium of instruction, internationalisation of the higher education sector, increasingly dominant position of English as the language of education and research, and rapid expansion of access to higher education.

This course focuses on the development of teacher competencies to improve the academic literacy of students. It entails knowledge and skills that incorporate much more than basic mastery of classroom management skills and knowledge of language systems.

In order to achieve this, and as EAP is essentially interdisciplinary, this course draws on a wide range of intellectual sources including:

  • second language acquisition
  • applied linguistics
  • TESOL
  • psychology
  • sociology of education
  • epistemology and philosophy
  • ideology
  • cultural studies
  • media studies

Core elements provide a deep understanding of the role of EAP in academic contexts, academic discourse and literacies and appropriate EAP pedagogies.

You will develop your intellectual skills and enhance your teaching skills and understanding of EAP through activities which include collaborative work and engaging with academic staff.

You may also have the opportunity to attend an engagement event with alumni who will share their stories about their teaching context, career path, classroom episodes and continuing professional development.

MA Award
September, February Start
Part-time, Distance Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

2:2 level (or international equivalent). Applicants without a first degree but with an approved, relevant professional qualification will be considered on an individual basis.

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