The NCTEAP runs full-time for three weeks with training sessions, classroom observations, feedback workshops and peer teaching taking place Monday to Friday. The Certificate has 20 hours of training sessions per week plus all of the other activities. Self-study and reflection will take place in the evenings.
The National Certificate in Teaching English for Academic Purposes has been created by Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in consultation with the China EAP Association to advance the very best practice in EAP in higher education in China and beyond. It is the only qualification of its type in China and is designed for employers to recognise a teacher's excellence in the field. It is a practical certificate that will have a direct impact on a teacher's understanding of EAP and their classroom practice.
The three-week course runs from Monday 25 July to Friday 12 August 2016.
The NCTEAP is aimed at teachers:
- from China and overseas
- who are currently teaching in higher education but wish to specialise in EAP
- who wish to enter into teaching in higher education
- at Chinese institutions with an renewed emphasis on EAP following the latest China College English Teaching Guidelines.
XJTLU is the largest independent international university in China. The Language Centre at XJTLU is the largest in Asia, with over 150 full-time teachers delivering a range of English courses as well as Chinese and Spanish programmes. We teach English to students from all disciplines and at all levels, from presessional to PhD research students.
- Start date
- Department Language Centre
- Attendance Part time
- Duration Three weeks
- Prospectus No prospectus available
Knowledge and skills
On the Certificate course you will receive practical training in how to design and deliver an EAP curriculum at a higher education institution. You will observe our presessional classes and reflect upon your own practice. You will also be given a brief theoretical grounding in the latest sociolinguistic ideas about the role of English in China and around the world.
The course is divided into five distinct themes that make up the core of the course:
This theme includes an introduction to the role of English in the world and China today and in the future; writing, speaking and ‘Standard English’, genres and discourse and how to get published.
In this theme we look at the role of the EAP teacher, including classroom management, motivating learners, teaching grammar, error correcting, task setting and giving feedback. We look at the content ideas of an EAP programme and discuss how this is most appropriately used.
Teaching the Language Skills
Here we examine teaching reading and writing for EAP and fostering critical thinking in our students. We also look at how to teach the key speaking skills including giving presentations.
EAP Course Design and Assessment
This theme deals with overall planning of EAP courses and how they are assessed. It looks at curriculum design and with conceptualising and setting assessed writing and speaking tasks and writing integrated skills tests. It also examines the best way to mark our students’ work and give feedback.
Materials and Technologies
Here we explore creating and adapting materials for the EAP classroom as well as utilizing the most up to date computer and software technologies in our teaching.
These themes are informed throughout by our constant four threads that run through the certificate:
- English as an International Language
- Critical Thinking
- Observation and Reflection
- Review and Consolidation
Our Certificate is reflective and practical and looks very specifically at how teachers will apply the new ideas to their own teaching contexts.
Observation and practice teaching
The Certificate incorporates weekly observation of actual EAP classes at XJTLU. Observation tasks will be planned in advance and reflected upon afterwards. Teachers will also apply input from the training sessions and methods from their classroom observations during observed peer teaching sessions.
Our lead trainer
Dr Tim Marr is a British applied linguist with over 25 years' experience of teaching and lecturing in linguistics. His experience in training and teacher professional development includes 15 years as programme director of the MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at London Metropolitan University.
The course’s tuition fee is set at RMB 10,000.
The fees are for the NCTEAP course tuition, and upon successful completion, the NCTEAP certificate.
Accommodation and living expenses are not included. There are several accommodation options near the university. We recommend staying at the Wencui International Apartments, which cost approximately RMB 2,100 for the whole length of the course. We will help you book the accommodation of your choice.
Early registration discount
If you apply and pay before 30 June 2016 then you will receive a 20 percent discount. The Certificate’s tuition fee will be discounted to RMB 8,000.
The fees are for the NCTEAP course tuition, and upon successful completion, the NCTEAP certificate. Accommodation and living expenses are not included.
If an institution, such as a university or college, is sponsoring teachers to take the NCTEAP then for every three teachers that take the certificate we will offer one free place.
For four sponsored teachers the courses' tuition fee will be discounted to RMB 30,000.
The early registration discount also applies to institutional places. If four places from the same institution are applied and paid for by 30 June 2016 then the total discount will be 40 percent.
For four sponsored teachers with early registration discount, the courses' tuition fee will be discounted to RMB 24,000.
How to apply
Applications should be submitted via our online application system:
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- Create an account or log in to your existing account
- Complete your application
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