English for Academic Purposed (EAP)

For SBC Year 1 undergraduate students

On our EAP programme, which is provided to all Year One students and students on our Pre-master’s Programme, students study in small classes of 16 and develop the English language skills that are required to engage with university study successfully in an English speaking environment.

The classes focus on aspects of language such as grammar, vocabulary or pronunciation in an academic context, and the specific language uses needed for university study. These include academic writing, reading and research, listening and note-taking, and seminar and discussion skills. Below are details of each of these key aspects of EAP for Year 1 undergraduate students at SBC. 

    Academic writing

    In these classes, you will learn how to produce a university-level piece of written work in English. You will focus on the process of writing an essay or report, which may include doing some research, evaluating ideas, and then planning your assignment. You will also be taken through the process of drafting and redrafting assignments, focusing on the vocabulary and grammatical structures required, and more specific academic skills, such as citation. Throughout the process you will receive feedback from your teacher and peers and you will develop skills for editing and improving your own work.

    Reading and Research

    You will be provided with lists of suggested reading from your subject areas and you will develop the ability to read quickly, selectively and purposefully. For example, you will learn how to quickly locate ideas for your written work and how to take notes and effectively annotate reading texts. You will also learn techniques for dealing with new words and how to keep reading without over-relying on your dictionary. Finally, you will also develop skills for engaging critically with your reading.

    Listening and Note-taking

    You will learn techniques for listening and taking notes such as how to identify key information and how to use symbols and abbreviations to take notes more efficiently. You will also learn how to prepare for your lectures, for example, by engaging in pre-reading activities and identifying vocabulary likely to feature in the lecture.

    Discussion and Presentation Skills

    You will develop the skills to hold discussions and do presentations in English. You will have discussions in almost every EAP class, which will also help you participate in tutorials in your Business and Engineering courses. You will learn specific phrases for exchanging ideas and developing your points in group discussions, for example, how to disagree politely with a classmate or how to move the conversation on to another topic. You will also be taken through the entire process of researching, planning, practising and delivering an academic presentation.

    English for Specific Academic Purposes

    English for Specific Academic Purposes is a core feature of EAP. You will undertake writing, reading, speaking and listening activities focusing on the ideas in your Business or Engineering courses. For example, you will receive support with Business or Engineering essays and reports. You will also participate in activities based on Business or Engineering texts and you will have the chance to engage in group discussions and other activities focusing on the concepts in your Business or Engineering lectures.

    Independent Study 

    In order to do well in EAP, as is the case with studying in general, you will need to undertake independent study in addition to attending class and completing work set by your teachers. Much of this independent work will be reading around the topics covered in your subjects, which will not only deepen your subject knowledge but also enhance your reading skills. In addition to this, you will need to engage in other activities to develop your language skills. Your teacher will help you identify these and will be able to recommend books and websites to help you. 

      In EAP, you are assessed in four key areas, which are writing, reading, listening and speaking. These are assessed by both exams and coursework as shown below. There is considerable support for coursework in class, as well as regular exam practice.

       

       

      Writing

      Reading

      Listening

      Speaking

      Overall

      Coursework

      50%

      50%

      50%

      50%


      Exam

      50%

      50%

      50%

      50%

      Component Grade

      100%

      100%

      100%

      100%

      Contribution to Overall Grade

      25%

      25%

      25%

      25%

      100%

        All EAP coursework tasks are linked to your programme of study. This means that depending on your programme of study, business or engineering, your assessment tasks and schedule will be different. Below is a general overview of what you might expect to do for coursework:

        Reading

        Reading, note-taking and summarising a text that you need for a subject-specific assignment, for example, an economics essay or physics lab report.

        Listening

        Preparing for, listening to and summarising a subject-related lecture, for example, a business studies or physics lecture.

        Writing

        Researching and planning for a subject-specific essay or report, for example, an economics or physics essay.

        Speaking

        Researching, planning and delivering a presentation on a subject-specific topic, for example, an economics or physics topic.