Course name: Teaching English for Academic Purposes Online

Course name: Teaching English for Academic Purposes 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

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.

Programme structure

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

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

Teap Timetable 2018-19


  • 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.
  • 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 and Funding

2018-2019: £850.

How to Apply

  • The next course is due to start in January 2019.  The application system normally opens in the autumn. In the meantime, please contact if you wish to be informed once the application system has opened or if you would like any further information.  

Computer requirements

See TEAP Online Computer requirements for hardware and software specifications.