Lesson ideas for Week 1 on an EAP Course

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This blog / webpage provides a number of resources suitable for the first week on an EAP course (Presessional, Foundation, or University English study courses). It includes getting organised ideas, a getting-to-know you activity, classroom questions, and essential language revision.

Getting Organised

It’s often a good idea to get students organised right at the beginning of the course. Download PPT slides and adapt as appropriate for your course / group.

Getting Organised – Microsoft Office

Many U.K university computer systems are Microsoft Windows and students are expected to use Microsoft Office for writing, editing and uploading assignments. They are also expected to use Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations. In addition, many of the mail systems in U.K universities are Microsoft Outlook.

Microsoft Office is free for students (& staff) and can be easily downloaded through the university website using university usernames and passwords. Just search ‘Microsoft Office Download’.

Getting Organised – Timetables

It’s often a good idea to start thinking about and planning time. Time management is key to successful learning and meeting deadlines. Ask students to add their lessons to the timetable and then to think about when they will study, do homework and relax. REMEMBER timetables are evolutionary and should evolve and adapt over their course.


Timetable Download

This is a download of a weekly timetable in Word Document format.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1] 

Class Mingle

A great getting-to-know you activity to get the students acquainted with each other and introduce a general speaking task where students can communicate freely and confidently on personal topics. 20 questions and detailed teacher’s notes.


Classroom Mingle – a getting-to-know you activity!

This lesson comprises of twenty different speaking questions. Students mingle around the room asking and answering questions on a range of questions based around their university study. (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

Classroom Language

A basic worksheet for students to fill in so that they can ask the correct questions and express themselves more clearly. This type of activity is often forgotten on many courses BUT plays an important part in developing students’ classroom confidence and improving students’ engagement.


Classroom Questions – improving students’ interaction skills.

This lesson is a basic worksheet for students to create common classroom questions. Examples are asking the teacher for an example, or what’s a synonym of that word? This lesson helps to build students’ confidence and classroom interaction skills. (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

Language Revision

A really helpful worksheet to revise the key meta-language used by teachers in the classroom. This worksheet will help students recall parts of speech, grammar terms (present and past participles), vocabulary terms (nouns, prefixes, suffixes) pronunciation (syllables and stress) and punctuation. 


Language Revision Worksheet – the basics.

This lesson is a basic worksheet to revise key meta-language used by teachers in the classroom. It’s a great lesson to do at the beginning of EAP course because it is helpful revision of key terms that students are expected to be aware of on a teaching course. The lesson focuses on parts of speech, nouns (countable/uncountable), verbs (participles), pronunciation(syllables/stress) and punctuation (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 

Introduction to the correction code

The correction code system is a good grading system and helps students learn from their mistakes. You grade their writing using a specific code and the student takes more responsibility in correcting errors. This worksheet introduces the code and practice activity to help consolidate their understanding of the symbols.

Correction Code

Teachers: This code can be used to correct student’s work. Underline the mistake and use one of the symbols to indicate problem. Students correct the mistake using the code and return to teacher to check.

Download Correction Code


Error Correction Code: Practice & Answers

Some EAP teachers use an error correction code when marking students’ work. This practice sheet help students identify the mistake and use the correction code to correct it. Webpage link.




Week 1 Book: Introductionary lessons to EAP

This PDF book provides a number of resources suitable for the first week on an EAP course (Presessional, Foundation, or University English study courses). It includes getting organised ideas, a getting-to-know you activity, classroom questions, essential language revision, and error correction. Example Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP 


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