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November 17, 2006

Teacher Development- EAP

Hello Readers,

If you've ever thought about working in the ELT (English Language Teaching) field long-term, you might have looked at a few job vacancies in universities in an English-speaking country. Besides a PhD or MA in TESOL or Applied Linguistics, what other kind of experience might you need? One way to get your foot in the door would be to get some experience teaching EAP...

... or English for Academic Purposes. EAP is basically concerned with helping students become comfortable and confident (as well as fluent and accurate) in a classroom (usually for an undergraduate or a postgraduate course) through the medium of English.

Therefore, some of your lessons will center around writing a research paper, reading skills, what to expect in the classroom, gambits for interrupting in the classroom (I don't mean to interrupt but... / If I could just add something here... ), etc.

Here is a useful website that goes over the basic skills used in EAP, as well as some sample exercises: http://www.uefap.com/

A few recommended EAP textbooks include:

* "Study Writing" by Liz Hamp-Lyons and Ben Heasley (Cambridge University Press)
* "Study Reading" by Eric H. Glendinning and Beverley Holmstrom (Cambridge University Press)
* "Academic Writing Course" by R.R. Jordan (Longman)

Do you have any experience teaching EAP? Share your stories, tips or recommended resources with us here!

Good luck!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at November 17, 2006 03:06 AM

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