Teaching English for Academic Purposes (TEAP) Online

This online course is suitable for teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds and is aimed at people interested in developing their understanding of practices and skills required for teaching English for academic purposes (EAP).

Areas covered include exploring academic contexts, understanding and producing academic texts and EAP course design and assessment.

Key facts

  • Masters level 20-credit course
  • Fully online
  • Contact: Carole.MacDiarmid@glasgow.ac.uk

Why this course?

This course is designed and delivered by the team in English for Academic Study at the University of Glasgow.

English for Academic Study has been designing and delivering general and specific academic English courses for over 25 years and runs the highly-regarded BALEAP Accredited summer pre-sessional courses.

The team has extensive experience in English for academic purposes course design, teaching and teacher development

The teaching team also deliver a number of courses on both the MSc and MEd TESOL, including the very successful face to face TEAP option on the MSc & MEd TESOL. In 2016, one of our MEd TESOL graduates won the BALEAP EAP Masters Dissertation Award for her work on Critical thinking and EAP writing

You can find more information in the Course Catalogue


  • 20 weeks normally starting in January
  • The course includes a one-week induction to the course and online learning
  • 10 'input' units based around three themes
  • Regular workshop weeks built into the schedule to prepare for assignments
  • A final period for assessment
  • Normally a 2-week break around Easter and the University’s Spring vacation
  • You should allocate, on average, around 12 hours a week.

Programme Structure

The course is designed around three main themes split into ten individual units:

  • academic contexts
  • understanding and producing academic texts
  • EAP course design and assessment

The content units and workshop weeks for assignment familiarisation each form a weekly cycle of work.

Teap online Sample Timetable


  • We have designed course so that you can complete units in an asynchronous fashion over each weekly cycle of work. Course content is provided via specifically recorded mini-lectures, screencasts & accompanying slides and written materials
  • Guided self-study tasks, including forum postings and wiki – based tasks to enhance interaction and engagement with content and peers. We also offer live room webinars at regular intervals for those who wish to join a live discussion. These are not, however, obligatory
  • Presented via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle
  • Participants will be able to access digitised materials, articles, and books via the University of Glasgow's library and to take advantage of the additional online resources to which the library subscribes


The formal assessment for this course consists of three assignments:

  1. Assignment 1 - Research a specific academic discipline and produce a short summary report: 1000 Words (25%)
  2. Assignment 2 - Language analysis project: an analysis of the linguistic and rhetorical features of an academic text presented via poster: equivalent to 1000 words (25%)
  3. Assignment 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 words (50%)


Completion of the course carries with it 20 Postgraduate credit points (Level 5 or SCQF Level 11).

Should participants wish to continue on to a masters in TESOL at Glasgow, the credits would be eligible for consideration under accredited prior learning.

Entry requirements

The following entry requirements normally apply:

  • 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
  • Teaching experience is desirable

Fees & Funding

2020-2021: £944

[2021-2022: £1000]

How to apply?

The next course is due to start in January 2021. The application system normally opens in the autumn. If you wish to be informed once the application system has opened or if you would like any further information, please contact: arts-teaponline@glasgow.ac.uk


Computer requirements

Internet browsers

Moodle requires the following browser specs:

  • Google Chrome 81.0.4044.113 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox 75.0 or later
  • Microsoft Edge 81.0.416.58 or later

Javascript also needs to be enabled within your browser.

Minimum recommended computer specifications

  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 10 or macOS 10.15 (Windows 10 is highly recommended
  • Memory: 8GB of RAM
  • Hard disk: 250 GB
  • Sound card and microphone plus speakers or headphones
  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 display or higher
  • Broadband internet connection: 1.5 MBs or higher

Mobile devices specifications

  • iOS: latest, and latest version of Apple Safari web browser
  • Android: 10 with latest Google Chrome

Advised software

  • Word processing software (that outputs to the following file types for marking online: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf)
  • Anti-virus software

Optional hardware

There are live virtual classroom sessions scheduled for this course. Zoom meetings will be held with your course tutor or support staff (e.g. for academic writing support), and a Zoom-compatible headset with microphone is  highly recommended.