Why blog about Teaching EAP?

Why blog about teaching EAP?

Three of us –  Julie King, Martha Jones and Alex Ding – have been working on developing a new MA in Teaching English for Academic Purposes at the University of Nottingham. As we have been developing this MA, we have explored and discussed a host of issues regarding teaching English for Academic Purposes and, collectively, we have come to the conclusion that there is a great deal we query, question and critique. We would like to share our thoughts and to engage in debate with EAP practitioners, researchers, TESOL teachers, those who have an interest in higher education and, importantly, those who wish to become EAP practitioners.

We are all experienced EAP practitioners and teacher educators and have our own views and perpsectives on EAP, academic literacies, language, education, ideology, teacher development, academia, students, assessment, …. the list is long! A blog is the best way, we feel, to reach a wide audience and generate discussion.

Most importantly, we feel that there is a need to provide an open, topical, critical and engaging place to debate those issues which concern us as practitioners.

When will we post?

A new blog entry will be posted every two weeks starting on the 25th of May (every second Friday)

Who will contribute to the blog?

We hope to balance contributions from the three of us with contributions from you. If you have something to say, an opinion to express, or research to discuss get in touch. We have a  limit of 1.000 words, or 10 minutes of video. Importantly, all posts will be written in an engaging but nonetheless rigorous manner. These posts are not rants but carefully constructed personal perspectives and views aiming to challenge and provoke.

We look forward to the debates!

Julie, Martha and Alex


4 Comments on “Why blog about Teaching EAP?”

  1. Michelle dwyer says:

    Great blog. Should be interesting to read more.


  2. Alex says:

    Thanks Michelle. We are feeling our way into the blog genre a bit. We have, we hope, some interesting topics lined up… And, of course, if you have something you’d like to post do get in touch!


  3. Dermot says:

    Hi, great stuff guys. May I ask a question? I’m a TESOL teacher currently working in Taiwan. I plan to return to the UK next year and would like to secure a EAP position in a language centre or university. I have a degree, 120hr TESOL. UK citizen. 2 yrs experience abroad. Would I need to do an MA in EAP? Is there a necessary prerequisite qualification? Thanks in advance, Dermot.


    • Isobel McRae-Morris says:

      Hi Dermot

      There is no qualification in EAP as such. However, you don’t have a DELTA; and 2 years’ experience isn’t that much – on my current EAP pre-sessional most tutors have DELTA/MA plus over 10 years’ EFL experience, often overseas, and at least half have over 20 years (not all EAP, obviously).

      More important is recent personal experience as a postgrad – it would really help if you had recently done an MA, PhD or similar in an English-speaking environment (so you can teach referencing, hedging etc with skill & conviction). Some colleges might take you on with some decent IELTS experience (though EAP goes *far* beyond mere Academic IELTS; but the ones who treat their staff well can afford to be very choosy.

      Good luck!


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