English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Level 1 & 2
(CRICOS Course Code: 072831J)
Levels:Intermediate to Upper intermediate
Duration: Full time – 20 hours per week
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is an example of a group of English courses called English for Specific Purposes (ESP). ESP courses are designed because students are studying them for a ‘specific’ reason – that means they the course is designed to meet the requirements of the English learners. Students are not learning English just to be good at it; instead they study the ESP course because of some need.
So what are the needs of students who decide to study an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course? As the name suggests, the EAP course is to help overseas students to gain the English language skills and knowledge that will be required for further academic courses usually here in Australia. So most students studying EAP hope to go on to vocational or higher education courses when they successfully complete their EAP course. EAP therefore meets the needs of students who need to learn a specific range of English skills in order to succeed in their future academic educational pathways or careers.
Elite’s EAP course is designed to prepare international students, from a range of backgrounds and nationalities, to undertake tertiary study in Australia.
Students enrolled for this course will have a specific study objective – to complete a tertiary level course in a mainstream Australian tertiary institution. This may include courses available in universities, both private and public, private colleges and TAFE colleges.
Elite’s EAP course runs at two levels. This offers students a specialist study preparation option with a progression from an Intermediate (CEFR = B1) to an Upper Intermediate level (CEFR = B2). Each of the levels will run for 10 weeks.
The focus of an EAP course is developing the skills areas in English which the student will require to study alongside native speakers in mainstream course areas. However, students entering the EAP course at the lower level may not have sufficient language skills to mange EAP materials immediately. For this reason the balance of the EAP course will move systematically from a language focus to a skills focus as the student progresses through the levels from EAP 1 to EAP 2. This means that, when you study the EAP1 course, there is a greater emphasis on learning language – grammar and structure, vocabulary, syntax – while the EAP 2 course has a focus on learning skills – reading, writing, speaking & listening.
EAP 1 EAP 2
Elite’s EAP Course consists of two 10-week blocks of 20 hours per week. In addition to the compulsory 20 hours of the programme, Elite offers students the valuable opportunity to attend a guided individual learning session at the end of each formal teaching day. Students will have access to computers, resources, books and audio-visual materials to work on essays, research assignment material, etc. A teacher will be present for students to assist with any areas which require further development. As the EAP course is strongly focussed on providing the necessary language and study skills for tertiary study, independent learning helps you to further develop strong learning habits and personal time management.
Students taking the EAP course will usually have completed General English before hand. The following table gives the entry and exit levels to the EAP 1 and EAP 2 as well how the English levels of these courses compare with other ELICOS courses offered at Elite: Entry and Exit Levels
What English level will I reach?
Students who successfully complete the EAP 1 course will usually meet the English language requirements for vocational education and training (VET) courses. Students entering the EAP course at level 2 will be seeking a pass at IELTS 6.5 – 7.0 in order to enter a tertiary course at a higher education provider.
The following table is a sample of a weekly timetable the EAP 1 course that shows the weekly objectives for week 3 of the course. The skills are the same for the EAP 1 and EAP 2 courses but the content used in class will be more difficult for the EAP 2 course: Sample Weekly Timetable
This table shows the weekly objectives for the EAP 2 Course, weeks – 1 to 3: Sample Weekly Objectives
The following table gives you an outline of kind of assessment tasks you will be asked to complete for either the EAP 1 or EAP 2 course. You can see from this table that you have a number of weeks to hand in each assessment task. Your teacher may also give you extra assignments, especially if there is an area where you need some improvement: Assessment Tasks
Just like all English courses at Elite, every EAP 1 and EAP 2 student will get a report at the end of each calendar month. Teachers will prepare your monthly report on the last Friday of each month and you will receive it the following week. The monthly report is another good way to track your progress and to identify areas that might require more work.
When you finish your course, you will also receive;
- a GRADUATION CERTIFICATE which will state your percentage and grade measuring you performance in the EAP course, for example, High Distinction (HD) = > 85%; Distinction (D) = 75% – 84%
- a CERTFICATE OF ATTENDANCE stating your percentage attendance during your course.
To see a sample of what these certificates look like, click on the links below;
Sample EAP GRADUATION CERTIFICATE
Sample ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATE