Teaching English for Academic Purposes - EDU00009M

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Andrzej Cirocki
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2016-17

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2016-17

Module aims

  • To develop a critical awareness of how language relates to higher education contexts, tasks and participants
  • To develop the ability to analyse and evaluate an academic task (or set of tasks) in order to (a) diagnose learning problems that need to be resolved and (b) design an appropriate programme of language-related support
  • To develop the ability to carry out an evaluation of a support programme, class or set of teaching materials.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Be aware of current research on relevant EAP topics
  • Analyse the structure and function of academic discourse
  • Be aware of language problems of second language learners
  • Teach, evaluate and design EAP courses.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Engage critically with published work, particularly journal papers
  • Formulate critical and balanced arguments orally and in writing
  • Participate in group work and problem-solving activities
  • Undertake and report appropriately short, empirical data collection and analysis work
  • Demonstrate effective planning and time management
  • Word-process, manage files, use e-mail, VLE and the Web.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on assignment report sheet (within 6 weeks) and face to face feedback in supervisions

Indicative reading

Alexander, O., Argent, S., & Spencer, J. (2008). EAP essentials: A teacher’s guide to principles and practice. Reading: Garnet Education.

De Chazal, E. (2014). English for academic purposes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hyland, K. (2006). English for academic purposes: An advanced resource book. London: Routledge.

Jordan, R. R. (1997). English for academic purposes: A guide and resource book for teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Moon, J. (2008). Critical thinking: An exploration of theory and practice. London: Routledge.

Long, M. H. (Ed.). (2005). Second language needs analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ruiz-Garrido, M. F., Palmer-Silveira, J.C., & Fortanet Gomez, I. (Eds.) (2010). English for Professional and Academic Purposes. Leiden: Netherlands.

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