SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

TEAP (EAP Teacher Training) Course | August 2020

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

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

Who is the programme for?

This two-week 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 in the UK or elsewhere.

“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, from 2018:


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.



Earlier TEAP participant feedback, from 2014-2017:

I feel fit for a TEAP role and I could not be happier! I am convinced that I’ve reaped some long-term career benefits. Great to bridge the gap between general English and EAP. I 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! I 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 that I’m keen to implement in my institution. The quality of facilitation and their expertise were excellent. Lots of practical ideas for teaching EAP.


I gained so much from this course – and a great opportunity to learn from very experienced teachers and share ideas with amazing colleagues varied backgrounds. I've broadened my horizons and met interesting and creative teachers I hope to stay in touch with.


Masses of food for thought, with lots of very useful materials and handouts. What I really enjoyed was the teaching observation which gave me a better idea of the students and of the cycles. The writing assessment was especially relevant. I've a good handle on all the components of EAP now – am just loving TEAP! I’ve gained lots of new ideas for materials.


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 in 2017)



Key features
  • Observations of lessons in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at SOAS
  • Overview of SOAS EAP curriculum, showing how language and subject can be integrated
  • Insights into building the four skills and micro-skills in EAP
  • Opportunities to develop your own EAP teaching materials
  • Introduction to a range of published and in-house EAP materials
  • Analysis of the specific needs of learners in EAP contexts
  • 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. 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.

Its library houses the UK’s national collection of books and periodicals on Asia and Africa, attracting scholars from around the world. It is the world’s 11th most international HEI (source: QS), with 53% of students coming from 130 countries.

Situated at the heart of London, the Bloomsbury campus at Russell square includes part of Senate House, the iconic University of London headquarters. Both the British Museum and British Library are very near, with West End theatres, galleries and concert halls within walking distance.

The campus is also conveniently situated for all main underground train lines, overland stations at Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras, and many key bus routes.

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


Telephone messages: 020 7898 4800


Click below for the TEAP 2020 Application form:

Word  TEAP 2020 Application Form (msword; 52kb)  

PDF  TEAP 2020 Application Form (pdf; 95kb)    

Download the TEAP 2020 flyer (pdf; 893kb)  


Monday 10th to Friday 21st August 2020



The TEAP course fee is £900 (early-bird payment by 1st May 2020 is discounted to £850). An additional discount of 10% is available for SOAS staff and students, exchange and Erasmus students and alumni.



The four main TEAP course components:

  • Interactive seminars
  • Practical and reflective workshops
  • Lesson observations
  • Assessed projects including materials development


Two supplementary TEAP components:

  • Extension readings for extra study
  • Round-table Q&As with teachers and students


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





Morning sessions

TEAP seminars and workshops (30 hours in total) 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


Afternoon sessions

In the afternoons (20 hours in total) participants focus more on:

  • Observing a range of lessons, followed by reflective plenaries.
  • Exploring ways of locating, adapting and developing materials for suitable use in EAP classes at different levels.
  • Sharing reflections on the course and their own professional development.


Supplementary study

Participants will be encouraged to undertake extension study in TEAP, with guidance and follow-up reflective analysis.

The total number of TEAP course hours is 50 including facilitated sessions, classroom observations and project preparation, but excluding autonomous study.