Module code: ELAM021

Module Overview

This module will focus on addressing the needs of learners in specific educational contexts. The module will cover methods commonly used for matching learning needs to the requirements of the target language situation (TLS).
This module will be of interest to:
• students enrolled on the MA TESOL course who are interested in developing an understanding of EAP teaching;
• teachers with some experience of English as a Foreign/Second Language or a related area who are interested in moving into teaching EAP.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

FLOATER Gavin (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • contextualising EAP within ESP

  • ESP and EGP: variety of courses/programmes

  • the EAP learner: pre-sessional and in-sessional contexts

  • analysing the EAP learner’s needs

  • principles of EAP course design

  • materials design, selection and coursebook evaluation

  • key linguistic and rhetorical features of academic language

  • wide-angle EGAP and narrow-angle ESAP courses

  • role of the EAP teacher

  • role of the EAP learner

  • testing and assessment in EAP

  • teaching the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and their related micro-skills in an academic context.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Essay (2,000 words) 60
Coursework Report (1,500 words) 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • a critical understanding of key principles related to teaching EAP

  • practical knowledge and skills needed to teach and assess in an EAP context

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • a 2,000 word essay taken from a choice of titles

  • a 1,500 word report built on constructing a needs analysis tool and interpreting the results

The formative assessment for the module will be carried out using a range of online tasks.


Group and individual feedback on tasks will be provided during the input sessions.

Individual feedback on the assessed work will be provided online via SurreyLearn.

Module aims

  • This module aims to review and evaluate EAP with regard to the role of the English language learner and tutor. In addition, it will review and evaluate the kind of language commonly used in EAP contexts. It will then concentrate more specifically on how these principles can be applied to academic contexts both for learners intending to study in Higher Education on pre-sessional programmes and other learners already enrolled on degree courses on in-sessional programmes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: identify where EAP fits into the wider ESP context K
002 Recognise the linguistic features typical of academic genres CK
003 Analyse academic contexts and relate these to teacher and learner roles in EAP CK
004 Identify the pedagogical and linguistic needs of the EAP learner CKPT
005 Understand and apply basic principles of EAP course design KPT
006 Understand and apply basic principles of EAP materials evaluation and selection CKPT
007 Identify key criteria for EAP assessment KPT
008 Differentiate between the demands of pre-sessional and in-sessional teaching PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • enable students to acquire in-depth knowledge of theoretical issues in EAP teaching and learning, through an exploration of scholarly writing in the field

  • encourage student participation and independent learning, thorough online resources, scholarly reading and participating in online discussions.

  • enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and evaluate concepts, theories and practices associated with EAP learning and teaching through online lectures and engaging in independent study

  • acquire in-depth knowledge of the principles underlying the teaching of English for Academic Purposes thorough online attendance, and discussions.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • input lectures delivered online via SurreyLearn

  • online discussion groups

  • practical and reflective tasks based on set readings

  • Students are expected to engage in extensive reading of scholarly writing in order to follow lectures and participate in online discussions

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.