The TEAP Working Party
is a small group of EAP professionals, working in universities across the UK. The working party was set up in 2004-05 to develop a framework that described the competencies needed by an EAP professional. While overlapping with the requirements of more general English teaching contexts, these competencies were seen as largely distinct from typical TEFL type practice. The Framework was thus intended to function as a practice-led and expert-informed insight into the professional needs of the EAP practitioner, highlighting areas for development for anyone wishing to move into EAP work.
This project became The Competency Framework for Teachers of English for Academic Purposes and was published in 2008. Further details are available under the Competency Framework tab on this site and on the BALEAP website. The Framework can be downloaded in PDF format here.
Since its publication, the Competency Framework has served to inform EAP teacher recruitment, continuing professional development and observation practice and policy in higher education institutions across the UK and internationally. Teachers working in EAP contexts are now increasingly expected to be familiar with the Framework.
The Working Party has been developing an individual TEAP practitioner accreditation scheme which is currently in the pilot phase.