Postgraduate taught 

TESOL: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages MSc

Teaching English for Academic Purposes LANGCTR5018

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is for teachers interested in developing their understanding of practices and skills required for teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP). It is primarily aimed at those who are entering the specialised area of EAP but will also be of interest to teachers who wish to explore the area in more detail.


Daytime or early evening sessions- 2 hours per week, 11 weeks

Students are required to complete pre or post-session tasks via the VLE/Moodle (online/e-learning tasks e.g. contribute to forum discussions)

Requirements of Entry

First degree and normally a recognised professional teaching qualification.

Level of English equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in any skill


Recommended Entry Requirements:

Teaching experience is desirable. 

Excluded Courses

Teaching English for Academic Purposes Online.






3 assignments; assignment 1 due in week 5; assignment 2 at end of course, assignment 3 4 weeks after the end of the course

1. Research a specific academic discipline and produce a short summary report;1000 (25%)

2. Language analysis project: an analysis of the linguistic and rhetorical features of an academic text presented via poster; equivalent to 1000 (25%)

3. An investigation of a specific aspect of EAP or ESAP teaching; to include a background essay and be accompanied by an evaluation of teaching materials 2000 (50%)




In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide participants with a foundation in the principles and practices of teaching and learning in the field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP).

Students will develop an understanding of the EAP context and its impact on teacher and learner roles and expectations. They will:

■ gain an understanding of academic contexts, academic discourse communities and practices and their relevance to EAP lesson and course design

■ investigate the role which learner needs, autonomy and criticality play in an academic context

■ investigate disciplinary differences (relating to language and genre)

■ study key features of academic discourse (specific genres and linguistic features)

■ apply knowledge of academic discourse in the analysis of language and skills related tasks and materials

■ enhance their skills in evaluating materials and planning lessons for students in an EAP context

■ study assessment and feedback practices. 

■ develop teacher research skills in academic practice (to better enable and support learners).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ critically evaluate academic contexts and practices and relate these to teacher and learner roles in the EAP classroom

■ identify learner needs and select appropriate pedagogic frameworks

■ analyse and differentiate key linguistic and rhetorical features of academic discourse

■ apply theory to practice in selecting appropriate materials and frameworks for planning  EAP lessons

■ identify appropriate criteria for EAP assessment

■ apply theory to practice in assessing students and providing formative and summative feedback

■ investigate disciplinary discourse practices an area and present findings

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.