Academic support

English for Academic Purposes

Do you need to prepare for further study in Australia? Our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course can help you develop the skills and knowledge you need.

The EAP course can help you get ready to study in Australian high schools, Technical & Further Education (TAFE), foundation studies courses and university at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Academic English can be very different to the English you use in conversation. It can be difficult to understand the new words and writing style used in academic settings, so preparing yourself for study in English is very important.

There are two levels in this course:

  • EAP1 (Upper Intermediate)
  • EAP2 (Pre-Advanced)

Each level of this course runs for 10 weeks. When you finish one of these levels, you have the opportunity to continue your study in an IELTS Preparation program for 10 weeks.

You will learn skills in four main areas:

Writing skills for academic purposes

  • writing summaries, essays, reports and term papers
  • research, planning and editing skills

Reading skills for academic purposes

  • introduction to academic materials, articles and texts
  • techniques for skimming, scanning and speed reading
  • interpreting graphs, diagrams and charts
  • reading for main points and for specific information
  • predicting
  • understanding purpose and intent
  • extending your vocabulary for further studies

Introduction to research skills

  • study techniques
  • effective time use
  • planning for a task
  • preparing assignments
  • listening skills for lectures and tutorials
  • note-taking strategies and skills

Presentation skills

  • introduction to oral presentation skills
  • oral presentation practice in class

Your learning outcomes

EAP will prepare you for study in an academic learning environment.

You will develop effective study skills and a range of individual and team learning strategies.

Reading

Analyse reading texts and interpret assessment tasks.

Writing

Plan, write and edit your reports and essays and correctly acknowledge sources.

Listening

Understand and take notes confidently in lectures and tutorials.

Speaking

Participate confidently in class discussions, group projects and presentations.

EAP1 (Upper Intermediate)

IELTS 4.5 (writing 4.5, no band under 4.0) or 
TOEFL 32 (writing 12, reading 2, listening 2, speaking 11) 
or
Upper Intermediate level in the official Hawthorn-Melbourne Placement Test

EAP2 (Pre-Advanced)

IELTS 5.0 (writing 5.0, no band under 4.5) or 
TOEFL 35 (writing 14, reading 3, listening 3, speaking 13)
or
Pre-Advanced level in the official Hawthorn-Melbourne Placement Test

Lesson plan

Morning

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Afternoon Classes

Speaking
Discuss study skills; focus on grammar, supporting ideas and taking turns

Listening
Predict context and identify main ideas 

Vocabulary and reading
Predict context and identify main ideas; academic word list; work on word families and spelling

Writing
Essay structure analysis and outlining


Homework
Create a study plan, prepare presentation introducing yourself to the class

Morning

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Afternoon Classes

Speaking
Give a 2 to 3 minute presentation about yourself; focus on pronunciation and intonation

Listening
Identify key words and transition signals in lectures

Grammar
Sentence types; write complex sentences

Writing
Plan and develop a paragraph in groups

 

Homework
Start planning Assessment 1 – Essay

Morning

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Afternoon Classes

Speaking
In groups give and support your opinions using complex language

Listening
Techniques for note-taking; practise taking notes

Reading
Identify main ideas in a text; practise summarising in groups and individually

Writing
Analyse essay tasks; practise writing a thesis statement

 

Homework
Paragraph writing – focus on planning, developing ideas and self-correcting

Morning

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Afternoon Classes

Writing
Focus on proofreading strategies, self-correcting

Listening
Practise taking notes from lectures; practise listening comprehension

Reading
Identify main ideas in a text; practise paraphrasing in groups and individually

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
Focus on online research skills, evaluating sources

 

Homework
Paragraph writing; planning Assessment 1

Morning

Independent study in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Afternoon Classes

Writing
Correct homework with peers; review paragraph structure; work on linking words and punctuation

Grammar
Review sentence structure and sentence linking words

Reading
Identify main ideas in a text; take notes from reading

Speaking
Practise reporting opinions, focus on pronunciation and intonation

 

Homework
Reading comprehension practice; research for Assessment 1

Study English in Melbourne

Take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course at Hawthorn-Melbourne English language centre, on the University of Melbourne Hawthorn campus. All our teachers are qualified and experienced, and they will work with you to improve your English skills for further study in Australia.

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