EAP - A Definition
EAP, short for English for Academic Purposes, is the English which is needed for a college, university or research programme. It's mostly associated with preparation for undergraduate or postgraduate study and can be a pre-sessional course - before your university course begins or an in-sessional course - one that takes place while you are studying your university course.
EAP students need to acquire a set of specific linguistic skills for communicating effectively in academic contexts.
Who is this course for?
If you want to pursue higher education in a college or a university where programs are taught in English, you’ll need to demonstrate a certain level of EAP. One way to do this is to take an EAP course and complete an exam to receive a certificate indicating your language skills.
In addition to the focus on academic vocabulary, you’ll need to develop study skills like listening and reading for note taking, writing summaries and composing critical essays, presenting ideas, participating in debates and many other crucial skills for university study.
Our EAP classes include areas such as academic reading skills, listening and taking notes, writing summaries, justifying opinions, interpreting graphical information and writing essays. Learners may need specific preparation for an external test they will take to prove their ability to study in English, such as IELTS.
What will you learn?
Academic English vocabulary
Reading for academic purposes
Academic listening and speaking skills
Not sure if you should take an Academic English Course?
The reason why you should study EAP is because you want to study or plan to study a specific subject in English. Being at university or college involves reading, speaking and most of all writing. In EAP, there will almost always be a strong emphasis on study skills, in particular learner autonomy and critical thinking.
|EAP vs. General English
||Meet the needs of particular learners
||Improves overall knowledge of English
|Reason for study
||To study a certain subject, in order to enter university
||For personal or professional reasons
||Reading and writing
||All skills but predominately Listening and speaking
||Academic, genre based, objective
||Social/conversational, topic based, creative
||Study skills, especially learner autonomy and critical thinking
||None, or limited to language learning skills