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International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

EAP Teacher Training (full-time)

An Introductory Teacher Training Programme

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


Who is the programme for?

This two-week teacher training programme has been designed for teachers who intend to teach/are teaching English for Academic Purposes to undergraduate or postgraduate students in the UK or elsewhere.

'I would like to be able to teach in pre-sessional courses in the UK as well as being able to prepare IELTS candidates here in Italy, but lack the necessary grounding. A short introductory course like the one you are running would be ideal for me' 
(Pre-course comments from a previous participant)

What have participants gained from the programme?

'A lot of insight into the nature of EAP and on specific methods used at SOAS. Many examples of good practice which I am keen to implement in my institution. A lot of food for thought and lots of very useful materials and handouts to mull over'

'Another way of looking at how EAP works in another country with their expectations and standards, and a good time to reflect on my own work and practice'

'It gave me the foundation to build on, both as a teacher and a learner. I identified areas where I had no prior knowledge or experience'

‘This course would be good for new teachers to bridge the gap between general English and EAP’

‘I gained a huge amount. I now have a much better understanding of theory and practice in EAP and feel much more confident about EAP teaching’

It was a learning rich experience that I would recommend to anybody thinking of moving into teaching EAP’

(Participants feedback on the 2004 – 2014 courses) 

Key features

  • Observations of lessons in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at SOAS
  • An overview of the EAP curriculum developed at IFCELS/SOAS, showing how language and subject can be closely integrated
  • An opportunity to discuss and develop your own EAP teaching materials
  • An introduction to the range of published EAP materials available
  • An analysis of the specific needs of learners in EAP contexts
  • An opportunity to develop a special interest area 



SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education Institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia and Africa and the Near and Middle East. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, it has the largest concentration in the world of academic staff concerned with Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It houses the United Kingdom’s national collection of books and periodicals on Asia and Africa in its library, which attracts scholars from all over the world. It is the 11th most international HEI in the world (source: QS), with 53% of students coming from 130 countries outside the UK

SOAS is situated in the heart of London. Its Bloomsbury campus is in Russell square,  next to Senate House, the Headquarters of the University of London. Both the British Museum and British Library are very near, and the West End with its theatres, cinemas galleries, concert halls, restaurants and shops is within easy walking distance. The SOAS campus is also conveniently situated for all main underground lines, Euston and King’s Cross/St Pancras stations and many bus routes.

The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies department (IFCELS) with a staff of 50+ teachers and lecturers, provides a range of undergraduate and post-graduate preparatory programmes for international students throughout the Academic year. Students continue their BA, MA or PhD studies at SOAS, other University of London colleges and universities all over Britain. IFCELS also runs the SOAS Presessional English Courses and a Summer Programme for international students combining subject study with English language studies. In addition, IFCELS runs insessional English provision, offering language and study skills support for degree students across SOAS.

Application Procedures

Enquiries and Application forms should be sent to :

Claire Laubier, TEAP Course Leader
IFCELS Dept, Teacher Training
SOAS University of London
23 - 24 Russell Square
London WC1H OXG

Tel: 020 7898 4800
E-mail: cl33@soas.ac.uk

or see the Intensive Course TEAP 2015 Intensive Course Application Form - IFCELS - (pdf; 143kb)


3rd to 14th August 2015


The course fee is £840 (for registration before 30th April 2015) 
After this date the fee will be £880.

Please note that there is a 10% discount available for SOAS students and alumni


There are 4 different components within the course:

  • Seminars/workshops
  • Lesson observations
  • Materials development
  • Self-access study


Morning sessions: 9.00 – 10.30 & 11.00 – 12.30

Seminars and workshops (30 hours in total) cover topics such as:

  • Teaching Academic Reading & Writing
  • Teaching Academic Listening & Speaking
  • Study skills and independent learning
  • Materials preparation and production for EAP
  • Syllabus design for EAP
  • Assessing learners’ EAP and subject-specific needs
  • Academic discourse and style
  • Academic communities & their conventions
  • Cross-cultural awareness & different learning styles
Afternoon sessions: 14.00 – 16.00

During the afternoon sessions (20 hours in total) participants will:

  • Observe a range of live and video-recorded lessons covering EAP related topics. Each observation is followed by a feedback session
  • Explore ways of locating, selecting, developing and adapting materials suitable for use in EAP classes at different levels
Self-access study

Participants will be encouraged to use the range of self-access facilities available at IFCELS. Guidance will be provided for suitable follow-up self-access work. 

The total number of course hours is 50 which includes time allocated for self-access study.