SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

EAP Teacher Training Course 2 | August 2017

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Description

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. Masses of food for thought, and lots of very useful materials and handouts to mull over.”
“A wonderful foundation to build on, both as a teacher and a learner. I identified areas where I had no prior knowledge or experience.”
“Great for new teachers to bridge the gap between general English and teaching EAP.”
“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 enthusiastic!”
“It was a learning-rich experience that I’d recommend to anybody thinking of moving into teaching EAP”
(Participants feedback between 2004 and 2014)

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 fours 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 and IFCELS

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
E-mail: tc20@soas.ac.uk

or see the TEAP Application Form

Dates

7th to 18th August 2017

Fee

The course fee is £900 (early payment by 30th April 2017 is discounted to £850).
A discount of 10% is available for SOAS staff and students, exchange and Erasmus students and alumni.

Structure

There are four different components within the course:

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

The total number of course hours is 50 including observations and project preparation.

Timetable

Morning sessions: 9.00 – 10.30 & 11.00 – 12.30

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: 14.00 – 16.00

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

  • Observe a range of lessons. Each is followed by a feedback session.
  • Explore ways of locating, selecting, developing and adapting materials for suitable use in EAP classes at different levels.
Self-access study

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

Structure

There are 4 different components within the course:

  • Seminars/workshops
  • Lesson observations
  • Materials development
  • Self-access study

Timetable

Morning sessions: 9.00 – 10.30 & 11.00 – 12.30

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

  • Teaching Academic Reading & Writing
  • Teaching Academic Listening & Speaking
  • Study skills and independent learning
  • Materials preparation and production for EAP
  • Syllabus design for EAP
  • Assessing learners’ EAP and subject-specific needs
  • Academic discourse and style
  • Academic communities & their conventions
  • Cross-cultural awareness & different learning styles
Afternoon sessions: 14.00 – 16.00

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

  • Observe a range of live and video-recorded lessons covering EAP related topics. Each observation is followed by a feedback session
  • Explore ways of locating, selecting, developing and adapting materials suitable for use in EAP classes at different levels
Self-access study

Participants will be encouraged to use the range of self-access facilities available at IFCELS. Guidance will be provided for suitable follow-up self-access work. 

The total number of course hours is 50 which includes time allocated for self-access study.