SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

TEAP (EAP Teacher Training) Online Courses (2021 entry)

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

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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. I am now a convert  of the flipped classroom ... and the videos are a treasure trove!"

"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 happier... am 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! It was your personal commentary and reflections, coming from such depth of experience and knowledge, that was so invaluable."

"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'll put my students’ needs and class differentiation more prominently now."

"Thought-provoking, intelligently delivered... everything from interactions to instructions to teaching was just great! ... I'm ready to make the next step and jump into TEAP."

"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 about 60% of students from outside the UK, five times the global average (source: QS).

The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies department is part of the SOAS Foundation College, with a staff of 40+ teachers and subject lecturers. They provide 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.

Venue: Online Learning

Start of programme: May, August or November

Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Who is this programme for?:

This one-month, part-time but quite intensive teacher training programme is designed for teachers who desire or intend to teach on English for Academic Purposes programmes to prepare or support 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)

Entry requirements

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The TEAP course fee is £450.


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.  


Sessions: 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


  • 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

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning


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 capable device or computer with the capacity for good quality video and audio call connections, supported by an internet capacity of good bandwidth and speed to take part. Headphone use is mandatory to avoid feedback and background noise.

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