SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

EAP Teacher Training Course 2 | August 2018

Mode of Attendance: Full-time


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


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 would like to teach in British pre-sessional courses as well as preparing IELTS candidates here in Italy, but I lack the necessary grounding, so a short introductory course like this is ideal for me!” (Pre-course comment from a participant)


What have participants gained from the programme?

“Terrific insight into the nature of EAP and specific methods used at SOAS. Examples of good practice which I’m keen to implement in my institution.”

"The quality of facilitation and their expertise were excellent and I am convinced that I will have reaped some long-term career benefits." 

“Great for teachers like me to bridge the gap between general English and teaching EAP.”

 “Masses of food for thought, and lots of very useful materials and handouts to mull over.”

“I gained so much from this course! … opportunity to learn from very experienced teachers, to share ideas with amazing colleagues from a variety of backgrounds.”

“All the lecturers were highly competent and very inspiring; I am leaving with a boosted confidence, feeling fit for a TEAP role and I could not be happier!” 

“A wonderful foundation to build on, both as a teacher and a learner. I identified areas where I had no prior knowledge or experience.”

"I’ve gained lots of new ideas for materials. I've broadened my horizons and met interesting and creative teachers. I hope to stay in touch with them in the future." 

"Lots of practical ideas for teaching EAP ... the writing assessment was especially relevant ... the observations gave me real insight ...”

“I've a good handle on all the components of EAP now." 

 “I did your TEAP course a couple of years … I live in Spain and came over to do the course with my mum … We both got work right off the back of it, so now my twin sister is interested too!”  (The sister then completed the course in 2017)

“It was a learning-rich experience that I’d recommend to anybody thinking of moving into teaching EAP”

“… the course provided us with opportunity for reflective exchange on our practices, greatly enriched by the participation of teachers from a variety of countries and academic traditions.”

"The structure of the SOAS IFCELS courses are among the best I've ever seen. Both learners and teachers we observed were impressive." 

“I discovered areas in which I’d like to improve, met admirable peers, and found a career path I can wholeheartedly follow. For all this, my thanks.”

“One component I really enjoyed was the teaching observation which gave me a better idea of the students and of the cycles. Ultimately it gave me the confidence I need to move on in my career.”

“I gained a huge amount. I now have a much better understanding of theory and practice in EAP and feel much more confident about teaching EAP. And feeling enthusiastic!”

(Excerpts from participant feedback forms, from 2014 to 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 the four skills and micro-skills in EAP
  • Opportunities to discuss and develop your own EAP teaching materials
  • Introduction to the range of published 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. 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, attracting 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 very heart of London. Its Bloomsbury campus is in Russell square, including part of Senate House, the iconic 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, overland train stations at Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras, and many bus key routes.

The International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies department (IFCELS), with its staff of 50+ teachers and subject lecturers, provides a range of undergraduate and post-graduate preparatory programmes for mainly international students throughout the academic year. Students proceed on to bachelor, masters or doctoral studies at SOAS and other University of London institutions, as well as other universities all over Britain and globally.

IFCELS also runs the SOAS Pre-sessional English Courses and a Summer Programme for international students combining academic subject study with English language studies. In addition, IFCELS runs in-sessional English provision, offering language and study skills support for degree students across all SOAS disciplines.


Application Procedures

Enquiries and application forms should be sent to:

Tony Corballis, Head of TEAP Courses
IFCELS Teacher Training
SOAS University of London
23 - 24 Russell Square
London WC1H OXG

Tel: 020 7898 4800

or see the  TEAP Courses Application Form 2018 (pdf; 130kb)  



Monday 6th to Friday 17th August 2018



The course fee is £900 (early payment by 1st May 2018 is discounted to £850).
A discount of 10% is available for SOAS staff and students, exchange and Erasmus students and alumni.



There are five different components within the course:

  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops
  • Lesson observations
  • Assessed projects including materials development
  • Extension readings for extra study



Morning sessions

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

  • Teaching Academic Reading & Writing
  • Teaching Academic Listening & Speaking
  • Study Skills and Autonomous Learning
  • EAP Materials Preparation and Production
  • Syllabus design for EAP
  • Assessing Learners’ EAP and Subject-Specific Needs
  • Academic Discourse and Academic Writing Style
  • Academic Communities & Conventions
  • Cross-cultural Awareness & Learning Styles
Afternoon sessions

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

  • Observe a range of lessons, which are followed by feedback plenaries.
  • Explore ways of locating, selecting, developing and adapting materials for suitable use in EAP classes at different levels.
  • Share feedback and reflect on the course and their own professional development.
Self-access study

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

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