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English for Academic Purposes

Programme Levels: Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, Advanced

English for Academic Purposes

Duration

12 - 40 weeks

Start Dates

Every Monday

Contact Hours

20 hours / week

Class Size

Maximum 18

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course at York English College is designed to prepare and orient international students to participate in the language and academic culture specifically required for further studies. This EAP course aims to improve the four English macro skills sufficiently to meet the minimum prescribed requirements of vocational and higher education institutions.

This EAP course also aims to support students by equipping them with a firm foundation in academic English and a set of study skills that will support them as they undertake university/tertiary courses. As such, students taking this course include those who are doing independent study, intending to join foundation programmes, starting undergraduate or postgraduate studies, or who may have already started their academic studies. It is also suitable for non-native English-speaking academics who need to present or publish in English.

Students will undertake a placement test covering four main language components (reading, listening, writing and speaking) to identify an appropriate course entry level for them. They will also undertake regular assessments to evaluate the progress of their language learning and the effectiveness of the course in meeting their needs.

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An English placement test to know which level you can enrol in

The York English EAP course will be offered at three levels. Students are expected to study 12 weeks (each level) to achieve a level that is higher than their current proficiency. Each week consists of 20 hours of face-to-face classroom interaction.

Students who successfully complete EAP levels 1 and 2 will meet the English language requirements for foundation studies, TAFE and other VET Certificate and Diploma courses. Students who successfully complete EAP level 3 will meet the English language requirements for undergraduate studies (subject to course entry requirements).

Courses
Entry Requirement:
IELTS Academic Score /
General English
Outcome
Pathway to
EAP Level 1
5.0 / Intermediate 5.5 / Upper-Intermediate · VET Education
EAP Level 2
5.5 / Upper-Intermediate 6.0/ Advanced · VET Education
· Fundation Studies
EAP Level 3
6.0/ Advanced 6.5/ Advanced Plus · Higher Education
(subject to course entry requirements)

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Entry Requirement

• Students wishing to commence EAP Level 1 need to achieve an Intermediate level of English on York English College’s placement test. Alternatively, students would need to provide evidence that their English is at an IELTS level of 4.0 (or equivalent) prior to being accepted on the course.

• Students wishing to commence EAP Level 2 need to achieve an Upper Intermediate level of English on York English College’s placement test. Alternatively, students would need to provide evidence that their English is at an IELTS level of 5.0 (or equivalent) prior to being accepted on the course.

• Students wishing to commence EAP Level 3 need to achieve an Advanced level of English on York English College’s placement test. Alternatively, students would need to provide evidence that their English is at an IELTS level of at least 6.0 (or equivalent) prior to being accepted on the course.

English language requirement: an IELTS level of 5.0 (or equivalent) prior to being accepted on the course

Course Objectives

It is deemed necessary for EAP learners to acquire receptive and productive skills suitable for their academic study. Some of these skills include being able to:

Listen to lectures and presentations

Read academic text types such as textbooks, journal articles and literature reviews

Conduct presentations, participate in seminar discussions, summarise and paraphrase readings, learn to take effective notes, cite sources and create a bibliography

Contribute orally in seminars and conduct presentations

Understand the role of critical thinking in academic work and for them to demonstrate their critical thinking skills

Write different genres of academic text such as reports and essays; and evaluate the strength and coherence of arguments, use academic resources, cite sources, proof-read and edit their work