English for academic purposes (EAP)

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You will not be alone if you feel a little nervous about the day-to-day business of university study – and native speakers are often just as worried as you are! This course shows you how you can meet the challenges ahead of you.

Language guide: for this course, we recommend at least these levels of English: 6.5 (IELTS) / 110 (TOEFL iBT) / C1 (CEF) / CAE.

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What is EAP?

As an introduction to the course, you’ll be looking at the scope of EAP and how it ties in with general study skills.

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Reading

How will you cope with a long reading list? Here you’ll find out how you can absorb information quickly and effectively.

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Listening

In an academic context, listening skills relate largely to lectures. You’ll pick up some really valuable tips for listening well, and also for taking useful notes.

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Writing

For many subjects, you’ll have to write essays. Today, you’ll be working at improving your approach to essays, and to other pieces of academic writing.

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Speaking

Most university courses will require you to attend seminars, possibly to take a lead role, but certainly to say something! This unit will help you to gain the confidence needed to take advantage of seminars.

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Preparing for a seminar (a)

For the remainder of the course, you’ll be working on a seminar in which everyone in the class will take part. But first of all, you need to use your reading skills (and possibly your listening skills) in order to prepare.

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Preparing for a seminar (b)

The preparations continue as you plan the points you’ll be making and the questions you’ll be asking.

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The seminar

Now it’s over to you and your classmates to conduct the seminar you’ve been preparing for.