National Certificate in Teaching English for Academic Purposes

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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.

Classroom Practice

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.



How to apply

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