English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The EAP program is a flexible program designed for busy students. Students may enroll in individual courses or take all skills in one semester.

Features

  • Four levels: Listening/Speaking, Reading, Writing and Grammar
  • Daytime, evening and Saturday classes
  • Sixteen-week and flex term sections
  • Dedicated instructors and individual attention
  • Access to free tutoring

Listening/Speaking

Develop listening and speaking skills for academic and professional success. Learn to:

  • Speak clearly.
  • Use college-level vocabulary.
  • Take notes on lectures.
  • Participate in discussions.
  • Give presentations.
  • Respond to oral questions, such as during exams or job interviews.
  • Explore the U.S. higher education system and career pathways.
  • Use technology to learn.

Reading

Prepare to enter college-level and certificate programs. Learn to:

  • Read U.S.-style textbooks, articles, fiction, poetry and more.
  • Develop college-level vocabulary.
  • Evaluate information.
  • Develop background knowledge of U.S. culture and expectations in an academic environment.
  • Summarize and paraphrase passages.
  • Take exams with multiple choice, true/false and essay questions.

Writing

Successfully prepare to complete ENG 1301 and ENG1302, as well as all college-level courses requiring research and writing skills.

  • Levels One and Two: Successfully write a well-developed paragraph, which includes a topic sentence, supporting details and a conclusion. (These paragraphs should be grammatically correct.)
  • Level Three: Successfully employ correct essay structure, which includes an introduction with a theme statement, body paragraphs and a conclusion paragraph. Emphasis is placed on the classification, compare-contrast and cause-effect essay structures.
  • Level Four: Following a review of the basics of essay structure, students will learn and utilize strategies for successfully writing a five-paragraph research essay, with emphasis on cause-effect and persuasive-argumentative formats. Paraphrasing and citing sources will be emphasized.

Grammar

Successfully prepare to master the grammatical structures needed to complete ENG 1301 and ENG 1302, as well as all college-level courses requiring writing. (These Grammar courses are linked with the appropriate level of Writing course to ensure greater writing success.)

  • Levels One and Two: These two grammar courses introduce and develop the basic elements of English grammar necessary for writing correct sentences and paragraphs. These elements include count/non-count nouns and articles, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and forms of present, past and future verb tenses, both simple and progressive. Punctuation and capitalization are also introduced.
  • Level Three: This grammar course reviews the structures introduced in Levels One and Two and then introduces simple, compound and complex sentences with appropriate sentence connectors and punctuation. The course also covers perfect tenses and gerunds/infinitives.
  • Level Four: This grammar course is an editing course with an emphasis on analyzing and correcting any reoccurring grammar errors in a student’s writing.

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