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English for Academic Purposes

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The following blog post was written by Greg Danowski, Andrea Ferron, Celia Logan, and Fiona Lucchini, faculty members at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement. This is the first story in our blog series on the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at the Centre.

EAP is a program that helps English language learners prepare for Canadian post-secondary studies. Although listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and strategies are integral, setting goals, using technology, developing reflective practice and intercultural communicative competence are equally valued elements of the program.

All learners entering the program have an academic goal.  They are often adult professionals with qualifications and work experience from their home countries. Ultimately, they hope to gain meaningful employment either in their previous area of expertise or in a newly acquired profession. Other learners may come from international and youth programs. These learners are mostly young adults who are generally more tech savvy but might have less life experience.

There are three levels in the program: Transition to Academic English (TAE), Academic English 1 (AE1), and Academic English 2 (AE2).

  • TAE creates the foundation by introducing learners to academic strategies and practices.
  • AE1 builds on these and offers the opportunity to work with increasingly complex materials.
  • AE2 takes the level of complexity a step further and refines the skills and strategies needed for future academic success.

A common thread through the levels of the program is community engagement which allows learners to independently extend their learning beyond the classroom. More on that in a future blog!

When learners complete the program, we believe that they will be well-equipped to function in the Canadian academic context. As well, we hope they will be ready to be active participants in Canadian communities.

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