English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Writing courses introduce students to fundamental English writing skills, including composition, and critical thinking. Emphasis is placed on effective sentence skills, paragraph development, and essay-level skills, as well as rhetorical and mechanical proficiency.
Students enrolling in courses in the EAP writing sequence (ENG 086, 087, 088, and 089) will develop skills in sentence, paragraph, and essay writing. ENG 086 introduces English learners to fundamental skills of grammar with emphasis on sound sentence-level proficiency leading to paragraph development. ENG 087 focuses on paragraph development leading to short essay writing skills. ENG 088 prepares students for multi-paragraph essay writing, and ENG 089 requires students to write academic style essays in preparation for the English composition sequence (ENG 101 and 102).
What Will I Learn?
Students enrolling in any of the English department’s EAP writing courses will learn grammatical accuracy, the steps of the writing process, close reading skills, and presentation of writing to college audiences. In addition, students will begin to develop skills in rhetoric, analysis, organization, grammar and style, voice, tone, and audience awareness. These courses also prepare international and non-native students for the unique demands and requirements of American academic contexts and culture.
What is Unique about Our Program?
Our English for Academic Purposes program specifically addresses the unique linguistic needs of English language learners. The courses are longer and more rigorous than the traditional developmental English classes, and our faculty specialize in working with students with diverse language and cultural backgrounds. Our writing courses help non-native students prepare for success in credit-bearing classes.
What are my Career Opportunities?
Written communication skills are generally at or near the top of every list of the most desirable skills employers seek in new employees. Enrolling in any of the developmental writing courses offered at JJC will help students form the foundations to develop these sought-after skills. Successful completion of these courses will lead students toward the college’s composition sequence (ENG 101 and 102).