SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

TEAP (EAP Teacher Training) Online Courses (2022 entry)

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

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Who is the TEAP programme for?

We currently provide a one-month TEAP course which is delivered online and is an opportunity for teachers from other sectors to familiarise themselves with the Higher Education context as well as for existing EAP teachers to reflect on their experience and share and acquire new approaches and techniques in order to enhance their practice. It combines regular live classes with 'flipped' asynchronous preparation and extension exercises. Participants also work on a materials development project and are supported by a tutor. The online learning environment supports an archive of EAP reading and teaching materials.

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."

"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."

"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."

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: June

Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We do not have fixed entry requirements, but we prefer participants to have some teaching experience and some training or a qualification to support this. We do also consider applicants with relevant experience in educational management or curriculum development.

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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


6th June - 1st July 2022

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 course aims to:

  • provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on the EAP teaching context.
  • provide an opportunity for participants to develop or further their knowledge of key approaches and theories relating to EAP teaching.
  • provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on the core competencies of an EAP teacher.
  • develop participants’ ability to analyse the needs of students in an EAP context.
  • develop participants’ ability to evaluate and develop EAP teaching materials.
  • enhance participants’ continued professional development

The Schedule

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 16 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.

Technology Essentials

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.

Fees and funding


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