English for Academic Purposes

Key Information

Course duration

5 - 10 weeks per course level

Hours per week

20 hours of face-to-face classroom teaching per week 

Timetable

Monday to Friday
12.45pm to 5.05pm

English Level

Upper Intermediate &
Pre-Advanced (CEFR B1+ to B2)

                                                                                                                                         CRICOS Course Code: 112462E

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 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 our EAP course:

  • EAP 1 (B1 to B1+)
  • EAP 2 (B1+ to B2)

Each level runs for 10 weeks. When you finish EAP 2, you can continue your academic studies in our IELTS Preparation program for 10 weeks.

In EAP, you will learn not only skills in the four main areas of reading, listening, writing and speaking, but also study skills:

Reading skills for academic purposes

  • introduction to academic texts
  • techniques for efficient reading, including skimming for main ideas and scanning for specific information
  • analysing and describing graphs, diagrams and charts
  • predicting content from context
  • understanding the writer’s tone, style and purpose
  • extending your academic vocabulary for further studies

Listening skills for academic purposes

  • listening skills for lectures and tutorials
  • note-taking strategies and skills

Writing skills for academic purposes

  • summarising and paraphrasing, writing essays and reports on a range of academic genres
  • planning, drafting and editing skills
  • referencing skills

Speaking skills

  • oral presentation skills
  • collaborative speaking skills such as active listening and turn-taking
  • expressing, explaining and supporting a point of view confidently

Introduction to study skills

  • developing effective study habits
  • time management
  • effective collaboration with peers
  • research skills, including sourcing and evaluating academic materials
  • develop familiarity with learning management systems used in further studies

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.

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

Assessment

Each level has assessment tasks that will help you track your progress. You will have mid course tests and end of course tests, as well as other assessments throughout the course.

At the start of your course, your teacher will explain the assessment tasks you will need to do. Your assessment tasks will cover the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.

You will receive a report of your results at the end of the course. 

 

EAP follows the Navitas English curriculum for Academic English

Entry level

Entry requirements listed below are for a Week 1 entry point

EAP1 (Upper Intermediate)

  • IELTS 4.5 (writing 4.5, no band under 4.0)  or 
  • TOEFL iBTR  32 (writing 12, reading 2, listening 2, speaking 11)  or
  • PTE-Academic 30 (writing 30 with no communicative skill below 24)  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 iBTR  35 (writing 14, reading 3, listening 3, speaking 13) or
  • PTE-Academic 36 (writing 36 with no communicative skill below 30) or
  • Pre-Advanced level in the official Hawthorn-Melbourne Placement Test