SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

TEAP (EAP Teacher Training) Online Courses | 2021

An Introductory Teacher Training Programme: Teaching of English for Academic Purposes (TEAP)

Mode of Attendance: Part-time online (May, August and November)

Who is the programme for?

This one-month, part-time but quite intensive teacher training programme has been designed for teachers who desire or intend to teach, or have taught somewhat, on English for Academic Purposes programmes to undergraduate or postgraduate students.

“I want to teach in British university pre-sessionals as well as preparing IELTS candidates here in Italy, so a short introductory course like this is ideal for me!” (pre-course comment from a participant)


What have participants gained from the programme?

Recent TEAP participant feedback (2017-2020):

"Enhanced my teaching ... gave me so much confidence ... greatly exceeded my expectations … one of the best courses I have been on ... my enthusiasm and professional curiosity have boosted ... my experience at SOAS was superb!"

"Really impressed by how student skills development is scaffolded ... loved seeing what ideal curriculum should look like ... discovered the ‘joys’ of material development ... greatest gain was the confidence to plan lessons."

"Enormous thought and energy in creating such a professional and high-quality course ... meticulous way of organising the programme ... a truly amazing job."

"Really positive group learning ... high calibre of fellow participants ... great experience exchange ... building bonds with peers and teachers was wonderful ... networking opportunities and career advice given ... a real team spirit ... I met amazing people, both teachers and students ... expanded my network of intelligent, creative colleagues."

"I feel fit for a TEAP role and I could not be convinced that I’ve reaped some long-term career benefits...great to bridge the gap between general English and EAP...found a career path I can wholeheartedly follow."

"Ultimately it gave me the confidence boost I need to get a move on in my career...think I really love teaching English for academic purposes and study skills!"

"Terrific insight into teaching EAP and specifically at SOAS...useful examples of good practice...quality of facilitation and their expertise were excellent...lots of practical ideas..."

"I gained so much from this course...a great opportunity to learn from very experienced teachers and share ideas...broadened my horizons and met interesting and creative teachers I hope to stay in touch with."

"Masses of food for thought...lots of very useful materials and handouts...the writing assessment was especially relevant. I've a good handle on all the components of EAP just loving TEAP!"

"I’ve moved to Spain but came back to do your TEAP course with my mum! We both got immediate work right off the back of it, so now my twin sister is interested too!" (Her sister then completed the TEAP course the following summer)


Key features:

  • Analysis of the specific needs of learners in EAP contexts
  • Overview of SOAS EAP curriculum, showing how language and subject can integrate
  • Insights into building the four skills and micro-skills in EAP
  • Evaluation of EAP materials
  • Opportunities to develop your own EAP teaching materials
  • A dip into pedagogy theory with plenty of practical teaching ideas



SOAS University of London is the only Higher Education Institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. Situated in Bloomsbury in the heart of London, it uniquely combines language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, with the largest concentration anywhere of academic staff focused on Africa, Asia and the Middle East. SOAS research directly informs public thinking, government policy and issues affecting the lives of people globally, in areas such as democracy, development, economy, finance, public and corporate policy, human rights, migration, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, and social change. The SOAS library attracts scholars from around the world. SOAS is among the world’s most international HEI with 56% of students coming from outside the UK, five times the global average (source: QS).

The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies department (IFCELS), with a staff of 50+ teachers and subject lecturers, provides undergraduate and post-graduate foundation programmes for students who proceed on to bachelor, masters or doctoral studies at SOAS University of London and other high-profile universities. IFCELS, renowned for integrating academic subject study with language development, also runs the university’s pre-sessional English courses, various summer programmes, and in-sessional provisions in language and study skills support for degree students across all disciplines.


Application Procedures:

Enquiries and application forms should be emailed to:

Tony Corballis, Head of TEAP Courses
IFCELS Teacher Training, SOAS University of London


Click below for the TEAP Application form:

Word  TEAP 2021 Application Form (msword; 127kb)  

PDF  TEAP 2021 Application Form (pdf; 83kb)    

Download the TEAP 2021 flyer (pdf; 689kb)  



  • Spring (May) course: Monday 3rd to Friday 28th May 2021
  • Summer (August) course: Monday 2nd to Friday 27th August 2021
  • Autumn (November) course: Monday 1st to Friday 26th November 2021



The TEAP course fee is £450. A discount of 10% is available for SOAS staff and students, exchange and Erasmus students and alumni.



The four main TEAP course components:

  • Interactive, practical and reflective seminars and workshops
  • Online videos, exercises, readings and other activities
  • Participation in online forums on all areas of EAP
  • Assessed materials development project and exhibitions

Two supplementary TEAP components:

  • Extension readings for extra study
  • Conferencing with real EAP students

The five linked threads that run through the course are: academic writing, academic reading, academic speaking and listening, learner needs analysis with student conferencing and materials development, and competency-based professional development.  





TEAP online seminars and workshops cover topics such as:

  • EAP and Subject-Specific Needs Analysis
  • Teaching Academic Reading and Writing
  • Academic Discourse and Academic Writing Style
  • Academic Communities and Conventions
  • Teaching Academic Listening and Speaking
  • EAP Materials Production and Syllabus Design
  • Differentiated Teaching and Learning
  • Study Skills and Autonomous Learning
  • Intercultural Awareness and Learning Styles
  • Exploring ways of locating, adapting and developing materials for suitable use in EAP classes at different levels
  • Sharing reflections on the course and professional development



The minimum required time to complete the TEAP course is 40 hours but a recommended commitment is 50-60 hours during the month.This is comprised of 20 live (synchronous) hours of facilitated sessions, project tutorials and other contact time, plus 30-40 non-live hours (flexible or asynchronous) of required preparatory activity, moderated forum contribution, project preparation and autonomous learning and extension study time.

The live sessions will be held on Monday-Thursday (and some Fridays) at 12:00 BST, 13:00 CEST, 19:00 CST/HKT, and 20:00 JST/KST.



Note that participants will need a suitable device or computer for with the capacity to make reasonable quality video and audio online call connections, and which is supported by an internet capacity of reasonable bandwidth and speed. Headphone use is mandatory to avoid feedback and background noise.