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

Successful completion of the EAP Listening/Speaking Program prepares students for SPCH-1311 and other college-level courses requiring public speaking and note-taking.

  • Levels One and Two: Learn to speak in complete sentences to respond to questions on academic topics. Give opinions supported by facts and examples. Take notes using key words, abbreviations, and symbols. Understand main ideas and details in conversational, broadcast, and academic English.
  • Level Three: Successfully give well-organized informative presentations with appropriate body language. Take effective notes on academic lectures. Use academic vocabulary and grammatical structures to express critical thinking skills. Respond to questions on academic topics using rhetorical skills such as narration, description, and process.
  • Level Four: Sharpen public speaking skills through persuasive presentations. Speak clearly and fluently on academic topics. Take effective notes on college-level lectures. Summarize and paraphrase information on academic topics. Orally express critical thinking on topics and positions using academic vocabulary and grammatical structures.

Reading

Successful completion of the EAP Reading Program prepares students to engage with academic reading materials in college-level and certificate courses.

  • Level One and Two: Acquire basic college-level vocabulary to engage with academic texts. Exposure to vocabulary learning strategies and elements of fiction. Develop background knowledge of academic culture and expectations. Apply critical thinking skills to reflect and respond to reading content.
  • Level Three: Utilize college-level vocabulary to engage with academic texts from textbooks and articles. Develop vocabulary learning strategies. Analyze elements of fiction. Practice and develop summarization and paraphrasing skills. Develop knowledge of academic culture and expectations. Expand critical thinking skills to reflect and respond to college-level reading content.
  • Level Four: Utilize advanced college-level vocabulary to engage with academic texts from textbooks and articles. Analyze elements of fiction. Apply summarization and paraphrasing skills to demonstrate comprehension of high-level reading materials. Strengthen engagement with academic culture. Sharpen critical thinking skills to reflect and respond to college-level reading content.

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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