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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 2 levels, each of which focuses on language learning in the context of academic subjects such as:

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

Pathway Lists

Alexander College’s ENGL 099 is transferrable to many colleges and universities in British Columbia, including:

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Camosun College (CAMO)
  • Capilano University (CAPU)
  • College of the Rockies (COTR)
  • Douglas College (DOUG)
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
  • Langara College (LANG)
  • North Island College (NIC)
  • Okanagan College (OC)
  • Selkirk College (SELK)
  • Thompson Rivers University (TRU)
  • University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)
  • University of Victoria (UVIC)
  • Vancouver Community College (VCC)
  • Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Additional requirements may apply. Please check with the college or university for specific admission requirements.

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.

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


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.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 088 (formerly EASL 089, ENGL 097)

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.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 098

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:

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