Overview

The English for Academic Purposes Program is a preparatory program that develops core English Language skills within a post-secondary context. This enables students to approach College/University studies with the required foundational English language competencies.

The English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP) consists of 6 levels. Each of which focuses on language learning in the context of academic subjects such as:

  • Science
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Literature
  • Philosophy

They are specifically designed to develop our students’ academic study and participation skills, while improving their English to a level that will ensure their success in further university work. The 6 courses are divided into 3 categories: Foundations, Intermediate Academic Preparation, and Advanced Academic Preparation.

Course Number Course Title University-Level Course Eligibility
ENGL 096 Academic Preparation: Intermediate
ENGL 097 Academic Preparation: Upper-Intermediate
ENGL 098 Academic Preparation: Lower-Advanced Up to 2 university-level courses
ENGL 099 Academic Preparation: Advanced Up to 3 university-level courses

INTERMEDIATE ACADEMIC PREPARATION

The objective in ENGL 096 and 097 is to help prepare EAL students for success in a North American post-secondary setting by improving skills in six key areas: reading, writing, listening, speaking, critical thinking, and research. Emphasis is placed on learning specific academic skills, including note-taking, citing sources, and structuring formal writing and presentations.

ENGL 096 – Academic Preparation: Intermediate

ENGL 096 is designed for intermediate EAL students who want to succeed in a post-secondary setting. This course uses an integrated, active approach to improving skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with an emphasis on academic skills.

Students identify main ideas and supporting points in readings. In this course, there is still an emphasis on vocabulary and grammar use in order to promote level appropriate clarity and fluency.

Students become aware of plagiarism, learning to cite photos in PowerPoint presentations, and using MLA style formatting. The focus of the writing is on opinion and contrast paragraphs, using adequate support and appropriate organization with transitions between points. Students prepare speeches and discuss a variety of topics.

A process approach to preparing for presentations and writing is followed: brainstorming, outlining, preparing rough drafts, and editing and revising.

ENGL 097 – Academic Preparation: Upper-Intermediate

ENGL 097 is designed for upper-intermediate EAL students who want to succeed in a post-secondary setting.

This course uses an integrated, active approach to improving skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a stronger emphasis on academic skills, such as identifying main ideas in a variety of media and articles, active listening and note-taking, organizing ideas and incorporating direct quotations into academically structured writing.

Students will become more aware of avoiding plagiarism by citing sources as they write and present. Essays and presentations will require use of academic structure, critical thinking, topic-related vocabulary, complex grammar, transitions, direct quotations following MLA style formatting and rules.

ADVANCED ACADEMIC PREPARATION

The Advanced EAP courses focus on writing, reading, listening, and speaking, and provide ample opportunity to develop these skills through direct and interactive practice.

Students will also develop research and essay writing skills to enhance their core competencies and prepare them for College/University study. Students will be trained to recognize different genres of writing, their strategies, and purpose. Assignments will require students to discuss and compose literary analyses, reviews, critiques, argumentative essays, research papers, and business reports.

ENGL 098 – Academic Preparation: Lower-Advanced

ENGL 098 is designed for lower-advanced EAL students who want to be successful in a post-secondary setting. This course uses an integrated, active approach to improving skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, critical thinking, and research.

Advanced academic and language skills will be required for this course. The media and materials used in this course are in line with North American high school level readings and listening excerpts based on science and technology, literature, business and Canadian history.

The focus in this course is on mastering the academic skills required in a Canadian College or University. This includes writing research-based essays as well as formal academic presentations, with the research coming from reliable print sources and online databases.

Students will be required to avoid plagiarism by citing sources accurately in MLA format in the work they write and present on. Skills such as summarizing and paraphrasing will be required as a standard when using research in assignments.

More individual critical thinking is required of students in this course than at previous levels. Students will continue to build on their English skills by learning complex grammar structures and academic vocabulary.

ENGL 099 – Academic Preparation: Advanced

EAP 099 is a multidisciplinary course designed to prepare students for post-secondary course materials. The content of the course includes readings in philosophy, literature, film studies, and controversial issues.

Students are taught to apply their language skills to the course content; and are expected to convey their understandings of this material through composing oral presentations, literary critiques, argumentative essays, and research papers.

Moreover, students will refine their critical thinking skills in their comprehension and analysis of university-level discourse. They will be able to effectively integrate quotes and paraphrases in their writing, learn how to effectively avoid plagiarism, and to use effective online search strategies to obtain relevant and current information on a given topic.

By the end of the course, students will have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in ENGL 100 as well as other College/University level courses.

Appeals and Dispute Resolutions

All students at Alexander College are encouraged to bring any concerns and appeals they may have to the attention of the Administration. These may involve, but are not limited to a reconsideration of grades, discipline, fees, college policy or practice, or transfer credit.

If a disagreement arises between or among college participants and concerning college business, then all steps should be taken to resolve the issue as close to the source as possible. For example, if the issue is a disagreement between a student and his or her
instructor, these two people should do their best to resolve the issue themselves. If the initial participants cannot reach consensus, then the issue can be escalated to the Director, then to the Education Committee, and finally to the President. In all cases, when an issue is escalated, all parties to the disagreement must submit their positions and arguments in writing.

When a dispute is brought to the Director, he or she must normally arrange to complete the adjudication within two weeks. A dispute brought to the Education Committee must be placed on the agenda as quickly as possible, and raised at the next meeting. The Education Committee must normally arrange to complete its adjudication within 12 weeks. A dispute appealed to the President, if allowed, shall normally be decided within two weeks.

Students enrolled in the College’s EAP program may also bring their dispute to Languages Canada: http://www.languagescanada.ca/contact-us

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