Teaching English for Academic Purposes Online

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 to prepare for assignments
  •  A final four-week period for assessment

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

TEAP Online Sample Timetable 2017-18(PDF)


  • 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


3 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

2017-2018: £806.00

How to Apply

We have now temporarily closed applications for the next TEAP online course starting in January 2018. This is because the course is capped and we wish to deal with all current applications first.

 If you wish to receive information about the availability of any late places or about future courses, please contact Carole.MacDiarmid@glasgow.ac.uk for any further information.

Computer requirements

See TEAP Online Computer requirements for hardware and software specifications.