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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 a semester.

Feature:

  • Four levels of Listening/Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Grammar
  • Day, evening, and Saturday classes
  • 16-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 on exams or in 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 1 and 2 – Successfully write a well-developed paragraph which includes a topic sentence, supporting details and a conclusion. (These paragraphs should be grammatically correct.)
  • Level 3 – 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 4 – 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 students to master grammatical structures needed to complete ENG1301 and ENG1302 as well as all college-level courses requiring writing. (These grammar courses are linked with the appropriate level of Writing course in order to insure greater writing success.)

  • Levels 1 and 2 – These two grammar courses introduce and practice the basic elements of English grammar necessary for writing correct sentences and paragraphs. These include count/non-count nouns and articles, pronouns, adjective, adverbs, forms of present, past, and future tenses—simple and progressive. Punctuation and capitalization are also introduced.
  • Level 3 – This grammar course reviews the structures introduced in Levels 1 and 2 and then introduces simple, compound, and complex sentences with appropriate sentence connectors and punctuation. It also covers perfect tenses and gerunds/infinitives.
  • Level 4 – 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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