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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

English for Academic Purposes


The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program aims to prepare non-native speakers of English with the academic skills and strategies integral to their success in future undergraduate and graduate studies.

In addition to providing intensive academic study in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and grammar, the EAP program is designed to broaden the student's cultural knowledge and awareness in the United States.

Courses

  • Writing

    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).

  • Reading

    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Reading courses introduce students to fundamental college-level skills in English Reading, composition, and critical thinking. Emphasis is placed on effective vocabulary building, text annotation, close reading, summary, and synthesis skills. Students read texts from various genres but focus primarily on academic texts.

    Students enrolling in courses in the EAP Reading sequence (ENG 076, 077, 078, and 079) will develop skills in effective reading habits. All four courses cultivate students’ skills in comprehension, reading more quickly, and vocabulary development with texts appropriate to each level. Upon successful completion of these courses and the Writing sequence, students will be eligible to pursue the college’s composition sequence of courses.

    What Will I Learn?

    Students enrolling in any of the English department’s EAP Reading courses will learn close reading skills, note taking and text annotation skills, and the consumption of a wide variety of college-level texts. In addition, students will begin to develop skills in analysis, summary, synthesis, and active reading. Some writing is required to help students respond to and critique texts using academic prose.

    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, they thoroughly prepare students for success in credit-bearing classes, and our faculty specialize in working with students with diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

    What are my Career Opportunities?

    Proficient reading skills support life-long learning for both work and personal development. Enrolling in any of the developmental reading 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).

  • Grammar

    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Grammar courses introduce students to high-level English grammar conventions that underlie exemplary academic writing and reading. Emphasis is placed on phrase and clause structure, grammatical analysis, and semantic skills. Students read and write texts in various genres but focus primarily on academic expression.

    Students enrolling in courses in the EAP Grammar sequence (ENG 092, and 093) will develop skills in effective grammatical forms and functions. The courses cultivate students’ skills in manipulation of words, phrases, and clauses for comprehension and production of texts appropriate to each level. These courses are highly recommended for proficient use of English, but they are not required for enrollment in credit-bearing courses.

    What Will I Learn?

    Students enrolling in the English department’s EAP Grammar courses will learn competency with a range of grammatical concerns necessary for the production and consumption of a wide variety of college-level texts. In addition, students will develop skills in analysis, manipulation, and production of main and subordinate clauses, leading to advanced expression and comprehension of academic English.

    What is Unique about Our Program?

    Our English for Academic Purposes program specifically address the unique linguistic needs of English language learners. The courses are longer and more rigorous than the traditional developmental English classes, they thoroughly prepare students for success in credit-bearing classes, and our faculty specialize in working with students with diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

    What are my Career Opportunities?

    Proficient grammar skills underlie all of the linguistic activities related to academic success, and they support effective communication skills in the workplace. Enrolling in any of the EAP Grammar courses offered at JJC will help students form the foundations to develop these sought-after skills. Successful completion of these courses will greatly assist students in their successful completion of the college’s composition sequence (ENG 101 and 102).

  • Listening and Speaking

    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Listening and Speaking courses introduce students to fundamental college-level English oral and aural skills. Emphasis is placed on accent reduction, oral fluency, and public speaking skills. Students listen to and deliver both short and long oral presentations.

    Students enrolling in courses in the EAP Listening and Speaking sequence (ENG 066, 067, 068, and 069) will develop skills in effective oral and aural habits. All four courses cultivate students’ skills in comprehension of and production of standard American English appropriate to each level. Upon successful completion of these courses, students will be proficient in oral communication for academic and workplace contexts.

    What Will I Learn?

    Students enrolling in any of the English department’s EAP Listening and Speaking courses will learn native-like reception and production skills for a variety of college contexts, including accurate note-taking, oral presentations, and exploiting the relationships between spoken and written English. In addition, students will begin to develop skills in analysis, speech writing, and accent reduction.

    What is Unique about Our Program?

    Our English for Academic Purposes program specifically address the unique linguistic needs of English language learners. The courses are longer and more rigorous than the traditional developmental English classes, they thoroughly prepare students for success in credit-bearing classes, and our faculty specialize in working with students with diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

    What are my Career Opportunities?

    Proficient oral skills support self-representation for both work and personal development, especially in interviewing and interpersonal communications. Enrolling in any of the EAP courses offered at JJC will help students form the foundations to develop these sought-after skills.

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