EAP Teacher Development Programme

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this course will no longer take place in the summer of 2020. For any questions, please contact internationalcpd@leicester.ac.uk.


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CDPAims of the EAP Teacher Development Programme

The aims of this two week course are to give English teachers an insight into the world of EAP (English for Academic Purposes) teaching and to develop their teaching skills in a British university environment.


Why join the EAP Teacher Development Programme?

  • Learn about the fundamentals of teaching EAP from expert practitioners in the field.
  • Become a more effective teacher by developing teaching skills and increasing understanding of teaching methodology.
  • Enhance your CV and career prospects.
  • Take advantage of a unique opportunity to observe EAP teaching in a UK university setting.
  • Share experiences with other English language teaching professionals from around the world.

Course objectives

  • To raise awareness of theoretical and practical issues underlying EAP course design and methodology.
  • To introduce a range of practical classroom applications.
  • To promote self-awareness and self-directed teacher development.

The course is constructed around three overlapping themes:

  • The EAP context aims to identify the context surrounding EAP classes: the Higher Education community, beliefs, genres, discourses and practices.
  • The EAP practitioner is broken down into two main strands: teaching and research.
    • EAP practitioner: teaching focuses on pedagogic methodology and its implementation in the classroom; materials (design and evaluation) and assessment.  Observations, live and recorded, are used as a tool to investigate CLT and EAP practice.
    • EAP practitioner: research focuses on action research.  Participants will be given an overview of this research method and then will, in pairs, conduct research into a topic of interest in their teaching situation for presentation on Friday of Week 2.

The final session of this theme is CDP: reflection and action points.

  • The EAP student examines students existing competences and future needs and expectations; development of study and language skills and independent study.

Course description

The two week course includes:

  • A course welcome and induction programme.
  • A minimum of 20 hours of classes per week.
  • Observations of practising teachers.
  • Input sessions from experienced and qualified EAP trainers.
  • Materials and activities for classroom use.
  • A Virtual Learning Environment to provide support before, during and after the course.
  • Action research methodology to help you master your own career development.
  • Two social activities and a day excursion.
  • Access to university facilities such as the award winning library, Wi-Fi, Students’ Union and sports centres.
  • A closing ceremony with presentation of certificates and written feedback.

You can download a draft timetable here.
This timetable should be used as an illustration of the contents only.

Here is what some previous students have said about the course:
I enjoyed the training very much. The trip will remain one of the most unforgettable memories of my life.
I will use what I learned in Leicester with my students this term. I totally enjoyed the programme and you did an excellent job! As I said, the only regret is that the programme is too short :(
Studying the EAP training courses is one of the most wonderful memories. Much has been acquired from these excellent lecturers and their lectures. Thank you very much.

Key facts


The EAP Teacher Development Programme will take place between 13th and 24th July 2020.

The final day of the course, including the closing ceremony, will be on 24th July.

Accommodation will be available from 12th until 25th July 2020.

Applications should be submitted by 31st May 2020.

Entry requirements

Participants should have a minimum of one year’s teaching experience and an English level equivalent to IELTS 6.5. Please contact us if you are unsure of your level or have not taken an English test recently.

Participants must be able to demonstrate an interest in EAP.


Accommodation will be in self-catered accommodation with ensuite bathrooms within walking distance of the campus and the city centre. Kitchen facilities will be shared and all bills and wi-fi access are included.


£1,400 per person.

Payment is required in full to accept a place on the course.

The Rachel Abounouar Scholarship

What’s included

  • Tuition fees for all classes along with all materials
  • Self-catered ensuite accommodation
  • Two social activities and one day excursion
  • Certificate of attendance and written feedback
  • Access to University of Leicester facilities

What’s not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages, unless specified in the timetable
  • Visa costs
  • Medical and travel insurance

Cancellation/refund policy

Within 14 days of acceptance of place

Full refund

On or before 1st July 2020

Half refund

After 1st July 2020

No refund

To find out more, please email eltu@le.ac.uk or fill in an Enquiry Form

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