CVs and EAP tutor posts

Every year, right around Christmas, if you go to or, you will see EAP tutor posts being advertised. If you are interested in working in the UK during the summer, keep on reading. If you are curious about seeing what info I put in my CV, keep on reading. If none of this appeals to you, then, well, see you in my next post :).

So, let me begin by telling you what these jobs are. Pre sessional EAP courses are preparatory courses for post-graduate students or undergrads (more frequently students who want to continue their studies by doing an MA in the UK). The majority of the students are Asian students.

Step 1: Check out or Find a post you are interested in. Then,

Download the Job Description

Once you have decided where you want to apply to, download the Job Description pdf. All posts have a document or page for this. Read it carefully. There are very often tables with essential criteria and desirable criteria. Make sure you fulfill the Essential criteria before you start your application.

There are also person specifications or teacher characteristics each Uni is looking for in an EAP tutor. They are usually in the same document. Read these very carefully and make notes of the ones you feel you ‘have’.

Your CV

Put your contact info at the top. If there is a reference code for the job, have that at the top as well.


Have a short summary of your qualifications and your work experience (very short summary!!!).

Start with your Work Experience. I use bullet points. I have the most recent job at the top and move down chronologically. I have experience teaching EAP, so I mention what this experience is ( I use bullet points and mention what my duties as an EAP tutor were).


Personal Skills/ Competencies

Write your CAN DOs/ Person specifications: This is where the notes you made will come in handy. Say what you do well. How you work with others. Your personality traits. Do not make things up because when you have the interview you will get a questions along the lines of “How do you work with others?” Or ” What can you bring to our programme?” Or ” Talk about a difficult moment and tell us how you dealt with it.”

If you feel like an ‘expert’  in something, say where.

Move on to Qualifications/ Education:  I include my grades and specific information about my Master’s degree (very brief though. One line long) and my Delta module 3 spcialism (it was on academic speaking, so very relevant in this case- again one sentence long).


If you have written anything, include it in your CV.

Awards/ Scholarships

If you have been awarded a scholarship, mention that as well.

Conferences/ Presentations

Have you given any presentations at conferences or online? Put them in your CV.

Other Skills

This is where I put down my IT skills and languages.


No hobbies in this CV people. Who cares if you swim? 🙂 🙂

Top Tips

Keep the information you mention relative to the job. You are applying for a job that will ask you to focus on the teaching of academic reading/writing/speaking/ attending lectures, presentation skills etc. The fact that you have a lot of experience teaching young learners arts and crafts does not really matter. The fact that you talk IELTS does. So, keep your CV to the point.

Sure you have done a lot in your career, but only mention what matters.

Don’t have too much white space.

If you went to a conference back in 1988, it doesn’t matter. It’s too old!

Keep your CV two pages long. The people recruiting teachers for these jobs do not have all day long to read your CV.

Sheffield University ( Department of Music)

Sheffield University ( Department of Music)

Want more info? Check out this post on EAP interview questions and pre-sessional courses.

Of course I am not a CV expert. I did get advice from a website that gives free CV advice though. So, good luck everyone! I will be in Sheffield this summer :). I hope you found this post helpful. Remember to follow my blog (check sidebar ofn how to do this) and maybe even give my facebook page a ‘like’?

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Top EAP resources part 2

My top (online) EAP resources part 2

After writing my first post on some of the online English for Academic Purposes resources I use and since my next pre sessional EAP course (6th!) is just around the corner, I thought it was time for round two. Time to write about some more online EAP resources I use/ will use.  Some of these websites are solely geared towards EAP, but others can be used for general English as well.

Online EAP resources


This website has a lot of videos which you can tell your students to watch as a self access study task. The videos focus on various elements and there are level descriptors. What I really like about this website is that on each video there are tabs. Watch/ Learn/ Speak. You can tell your learners to watch a video and then do the follow-up exercises. Some are gap filling tasks. After that they can practise as there is a recording button and the icing on the cake is that they get feedback on how they said the word. How great is that? I often send my learners to the Pronunciation courses.  There is also an academic English course worth checking out (Academic courses).

 Various corpora
True story: I was writing a blog post the other day and was a bit confused about which preposition should follow the word feedback, so I asked people on Facebook if the could suggest a website which would enable me to see words in use and the most common prepositions used after these words. I got lots of comments (Thank you everyone : )) and the two that I have been using ever since are just the word and the British national corpus.Getting your learners to use corpora is imperative as they often do not know how a word. Finding the right preposition is also another difficulty students may have. By using the corpora they will find examples of the words in sentences. Just the word has examples of correct and incorrect usage as well as a tab that shows how frequently a word followed by a preposition is used.
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Baleap. org

Baleao is where I normally go to look for EAP jobs. It is also where you can find links to EAP related websites.There were two links that I didn’t know of. I checked them out and am now presenting them to you. The first one is the Prepare for Success website. You can send your students to this website during the first week of the EAP course if this is held in the UK. There is a lot of information about p[preparing yourself and studying in the UK (videos/texts followed by tasks which provide feedback) which are useful for your international students ( mainly newcomers).

 The other website that I found interesting is the Academic English Online website (Queen Mary University of London). This website has different tabs which focus on various EAP skills. I particularly liked the academic writing tab. You can press the academic tab and find other tabs with information about different features of academic writing. There are exercises which are also followed by feedback. Once again, your students can go to this website as part of a self access study task.
Here you can find an online grammar. There are clear tabs for grammatical phenomena. Your students can find rules followed by examples and sometimes even counter examples. The grammar is categorised by parts of speech. The icing on the cake is that after your learners check rules, they can practice the grammar by doing short exercises and/or a thorough test.


Resources on universities’ websites

These are websites that do not require signing in or registering. The resources are free. The University of Kent  has free pdf files on all the academic skills. You can find information and mini lesson plans on listening, reading, writing, critical thinking and speaking. The writing development center on Newcastle University’s website.You can give this to your students for self-study.  The university of Reading also has a website with lots of study tips for learners and information about punctuation, grammar and so on.


Your students can use Mendeley to reference and organise their Pdfs.

Good Presentation skills vs. Bad presentation skills videos

I very often use these two videos when I teach presentation skills.

Delivering a bad presentation: spot the mistakes

Delivering a good presentation: identify the good points.

3 minute thesis

This is actually something like a competition held by the University of Queensland. We used it at Sheffield uni this year. These videos are great to practice listening, to get your learners to understand what a thesis, and they can look at the presentation skills as well.

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Till next time……




The one about the teacher who got cold feet

This is going to be like a journal entry. I am going to talk about something new and how I felt before and after the lesson. So, here goes!

My first medical English class

Before the lesson

I feel nervous and excited.

  • Nervous

I am nervous because this is the first time I have a student who wants to talk about the components of blood, clinical trials and viruses. I also have no ‘real’ idea where I am supposed to look for materials. I have been given a few suggestions, but before the actual lesson, these are unchartered waters.My learner is an advanced level learner which is a bit scary because I am the language expert, not the subject expert. This learner will probably not be making too many language errors, so where will that leave me?

  • Excited

I am excited because I have no idea what I am going to do! This is a new challenge. After 18 years of teaching, something new. This is stimulating. I will have to read up on things, I am going to learn and prepare material from scratch and this is fun. Let’s see how this goes.

My teaching context

This is an online lesson. The learner has already had English lessons with another teacher. This is a B2 level student.

My material for today

I chose to use an article from NPR about Alzheimer’s disease. The good thing about the articles I have seen so far in NPR is that they have videos as well, so your student reads the article and watches a video as well.

During the lesson

First minutes were dedicated to getting to know each other. We then started talking about what she thought the article will be about based on the title. The student then read the article, we chatted a bit about it, like a summary. I did not explain any vocabulary.  We talked about Alzheimer’s, she then wanted me to explain some of the unknown words and I did. After that she watched the video which was in the article and talked to me about it.

This was a get to know you lesson with some speaking which was based on the article/video. No homework was assigned.

Why did I choose this article?

I did not choose a medical journal to start my sessions with this learner because I wanted to get a ‘feel’ of her level. I also thought that it might be a bit hard for me as well to explain terms I did not know and I did not want to make a bad impression (teacher has to know it all syndrome. Yes, I could have prepared and found all my unknown vocabulary had I chosen a medical journal article, but I was too stressed, so I didn’t).

What’s next?

I asked my student what kinds of lessons she wants to do. She said she wants to learn a lot of terminology especially if it has to do with clinical trials and blood. So this weekend I am going to do a lot of research and try to see what I can dig up (if you have any suggestions, please leave a comment in the comments section).

This was a good lesson about a disease. It was not a medical English lesson though. I think my next lesson will be an ESP lesson cause now I know my learner’s general English capability. Time to move on to ESP.

I will share the medical English websites I find in a later post. For the moment, check out NPR if you don’t know what it is cause I like it.

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Till next time….