Teaching Academic English in Higher Education

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

An exciting 3-week residential course specially designed for groups of academic staff who are teachers of English, and working at one of our partner universities around the world.

Developed and taught by a group of experts working at the Westminster Professional Language Centre, the course aims to support your continuous professional development, enhance your teaching and enrich your students' learning.

Accommodation and social programme: you will be staying in the heart of London at either our Marylebone or Alexander Fleming Hall of Residence, and participating in a specially designed programme of social activities, including trips to Oxford, Cambridge and the theatre in London.

Application Deadline: Monday 28 May, 2018, though it is advisable to apply earlier to allow sufficient time for your visa application.

Courses open for booking
Start date Day and time Price Apply
9 July 2018 Monday – Friday10am – 6pm £ 3,930, to include tuition, social programme, group airport pick up, single room with en-suite facilities, provision of some meals during the course Apply now

Who is the course aimed at?

Academic staff who are teachers of English, working at one of our partner universities around the world. 

Course content

Benefits to you:

  • Learning through a range of different activities including small group work, structured learning activities, written tasks and individual tutorials
  • An exploration of the most current materials and topics relating to teaching academic English in higher education
  • A focus on the latest methodologies for teaching subject-specific academic English 
  • Access to expert teaching on specialist areas such as assessment and researching in English for academic purposes 
  • Opportunities for class observation of our pre-sessional English courses
  • Access to our specialised library resources

Benefits to your institution:

  • Intensive programme of study
  • Based in central London so participants will be immersed in the English language
  • Focus on developing best practice through structured learning as well as peer-to- peer discussion
  • An opportunity to invest in the continuing professional development of academic staff 
  • Enhancing academic English teaching in the participants' university thus complementing the overall reputation of the institution. 

What previous participants say about the course 

“I attended the 3-week course for Academic English this summer. I found the course well-designed and informative. It includes systematic sessions of academic English and directed independent study. And the teachers are great.” Jane Wu

“It is a well-structured and comprehensive course that allows experience and knowledge sharing. I found the tutorials and class-observations most valuable.” Nancy Ruanjin

“Abundance of learning, knowledgeable and easy-going tutors, and splendid cultural experiences… the three-week course at the University of Westminster has left me deep impressions and a lot of benefits. It is a great thing in my life!” Zhang Li

You will need to provide confirmation that you are currently teaching Academic English at one of our partner universities. This can be a letter from your employer.

Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer in Academic English.

My areas of teaching and research relate to teacher education or teacher development; TPACK theory and use of technologies in English Language Teaching; and English Language or EAP teaching practitioner identity. 
 
Dr Julio Gimenez, Head of Department and Principal Lecturer in English Language and Academic Literacies. 

My areas of teaching and research include: teaching academic English in higher education, academic literacies, narratives of transition to higher education. My work published work includes articles in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, English for Specific Purposes Journal and International Review of Applied Linguistics, and Higher Education.  
 
Richard Paterson, Lecturer in Academic English and TESOL

Before teaching in UK universities I taught English as a foreign language in Egypt, Italy and Argentina. My main research interests are in pedagogy for employability, transnational higher education, and cultural historical activity theory. My work has been published Qualitative Research in Education, and Educate - The Journal of Doctoral Research in Education. 

Week 1 Monday 9 July – Friday 13 July

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10am – 12pm Arrival (pick up from airport), transport to accommodation Core Mod. 01 Core Mod.  03 Tutorials Core Mod.  01
12pm – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 3pm Welcome and induction, 
UoW tour
Core Mod. 02 Core Mod.  03 Observation of teaching 
(UoW Pre-sessional)
Core Mod.  02
3pm – 3.30pm Break
3.30 Free afternoon/evening Individual
Tutorials
Visit 1: London Directed Independent Study Visit 2 (Saturday 14.07.2018): Cambridge 

Week 2 Monday 16 July – Friday 20 July

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10am – 12pm Core Mod. 01 Observation of teaching
(UoW Pre-sessional)
Core Mod.  03 Individual
Tutorials
Core Mod.  01
12pm – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 3pm Core Mod.  02 Individual
Tutorials
Core Mod.  03 Observation of teaching 
(UoW Pre-sessional)
Core Mod.  02
3pm – 3.30pm Break
3.30 Individual
Tutorials
Directed Independent Study Visit 3: London
(1 x theatre)
Directed Independent Study Visit 4:
(Saturday 21.07.2018)
Oxford

Week 3 Monday 23 July – Friday 27 July

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10am – 12pm Core Mod. 01 Observation of teaching
(UoW Pre-sessional)
Core Mod.  03 Individual
Tutorials
Core Mod.  01
12pm – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 3pm Core Mod.  02 Individual
Tutorials
Core Mod.  03 Observation of teaching 
(UoW Pre-sessional)
Core Mod.  02
3pm – 3.30pm Break
3.30 Free afternoon/
evening
Directed Independent Study Visit 5: London
(1 x theatre)
Directed Independent Study Free afternoon, Farewell dinner in the evening

Brief description of core modules

Mod01: Introduction to English for Academic and Professional Purposes

Brief description: This module introduces a number of theoretical and critical perspectives in English for Academic and Professional Purposes (EAPP), tracing the history of the fields of ESP and EAP to their current developments. 

Topics include: English for Specific Purposes, General English for Academic Purposes (GEAP), English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP), contexts of instructions, student profiles, pedagogical applications, and research perspectives.

Core texts
Bruce, I. (2015). Theory and Concepts of English for Academic Purposes. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
de Chazal, E. (2013). English for Academic Purposes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mod02: Theory, Research and Practice in English for Academic and Professional Purposes

Brief description: This second module investigates further key theories in English for Academic and Professional Purposes (EAPP) and how they have informed research and practice in the field and influenced the pedagogy of EAPP in a number of higher education contexts. The module aims to provide a link between the theory and practice of EAPP and the students' own context of professional practice. It also encourages a critical, research-informed perspective on the practice of EAPP. 

Topics include: EAP and academic literacies, the role of research in EAP, research-informed practice, the practice of EAP in international higher education contexts. 

Core text
Flowerdew, J. & Peacock, M. (2001). Research Perspectives on English for Academic Purposes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mod03: Research and Project Design

Brief description: This research module introduces students to the different research paradigms in the field and the main methods and approaches associated with them. The module presents a critical view of how these methods have been used in the field, examines how to design a research project, and supports students on designing their own project. The module also offers an introduction to key data analysis software: SPSS and NVivo. 

Core text
Creswell, J. W. (2014). Research Design. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage