Teacher development course

Certificate in Teaching English for Academic Purposes

Who is this course for?

Teaching EAP entails training students, usually in a higher education setting, to use language appropriately for study. EAP teachers often work in universities or schools which prepare students for study in English-medium universities. This sector is in continuous growth and provides many new opportunities for ESL teachers. If you already work in this ELT sector or would like to move into it, then this course would be suitable for you.

What will you learn?

The Teaching EAP course covers a range of topics within the Teaching English for Academic Purposes environment, including:

  • Contexts & learners
  • EFL/ESL vs. EAP
  • Student needs in EAP
  • Developing learner independence
  • EAP skills
  • Introduction to skills
  • Listening & speaking
  • Reading & writing
  • Teaching resources and assessment
  • EAP materials exploited
  • Assessment
  • Technology

How will this course help you develop?

This course will help you improve your knowledge of academic study skills, critical thinking, independent learning, and research skills. It will help you make the most of previously acquired teacher skills and resources, as a means of ensuring that EAP learner needs are met. The content is both theoretical and practical, as a means of giving teachers both an understanding of this branch of ELT, as well as ideas and tasks to explore and reflect on in the EAP classroom.

How will the course work?

For information about how this course works, the schedule and how you will be assessed, we recommend reading our FAQs section at the bottom of this page.

Course Tutor

As a participant of the Teaching EAP course, you will receive personalised guidance from Hada Litim. She has been teaching English since 1997. She is an expert in teaching EAP, including English for nurses and EAP in in-sessional and pre-sessional EAP programmes.

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How can you take this course?

Online one-to-one course

  • Flexible – study over 3 or 6 weeks
  • 30 hours
  • Personalised attention from an expert tutor
  • Feedback on tasks and live tutorials

FAQ

Our teacher development courses are provided on a one-to-one basis with individualised attention from an expert tutor who will guide you through the three modules covering a range of topics. All of these courses are 100% online so you can take these courses from anywhere in the world.

You will need a laptop or computer, a webcam and speakers/ headset and a good internet connection. You do not need to purchase any account to connect with us but you will need to ensure that you have downloaded Skype / Zoom onto your device.

Our 30-hour teacher development courses are taken over either 3 or 6 weeks (you choose). If you choose to take the course over 3 weeks, you will need to dedicate around 10 hours per week to the course. If you take the course over 6 weeks, you will need to dedicate around 5 hours per week to the course.

You can start our teacher development courses on any Friday of the year. Your start date is when your tutor will get in contact to introduce themselves and connect you to the online learning platform. This doesn’t mean you need to be available on Fridays specifically.

The course is designed to be very flexible. The only thing you will need to schedule will be your three online tutorials with your tutor (one at the end of each module, around 25-30 minutes each). You will arrange a convenient time for this directly with your tutor.

The rest of the work (watching videos, reading articles, reflecting on your own teaching and completing assignments) can be done on a day and time which suits you. We will help you set some deadlines and you would simply need to make sure that you work through the content and complete your assignments on time.

This makes our teacher development courses ideal for busy teachers anywhere in the world.

During your teacher development course you will read articles, watch videos, reflect on your own teaching and complete tasks. You will then discuss the content with your tutor in our online learning platform and during your one-to-one live tutorials. For each module there is an assignment for which you will receive written and verbal feedback specific to your context and development.

In order to complete your teacher development course successfully, you will need to participate fully, meet deadlines and submit tasks to a satisfactory standard. Your tutor will measure your progress and provide feedback on your tasks. At the end of the course we will provide you with an Oxford TEFL digital certificate which states that you have completed and passed the course.

Taking a teacher development course will not only help you develop and fine tune your skills, it will also prove to potential employers that you are serious about your profession and willing to invest in your future.

When deciding which course to take, you should consider the area(s) you would like to develop, your goals for the future and demand in your area or in the industry.

It is not unusual to take more than one teacher development course if you are keen to advance your career and enhance your CV. This will also widen the employment opportunities within the ELT industry.