What is VanWest EAP?

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) prepares students to achieve academic success in English speaking colleges and universities. EAP also provides a solid foundation of academic language skills for students preparing for high stakes official exams such as IELTS or BULATS.

Focus on time management, group projects and study skills for success
Develop a solid base of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills
Communicate effectively and confidently in a natural way
Prepare and deliver presentations and participate in class discussions
Organize and complete after class homework including projects and assignments
Build confidence and feel more comfortable in class and the workplace

EAP 100

Level 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Duration Eight Weeks
campus Vancouver
focus

reading

Apply strategies to read, comprehend, analyze, and respond critically to academic texts, including: previewing using a variety of strategies, reading for main ideas and details, using footnotes and glosses, and recognizing different text types.

writing

Demonstrate the use of writing strategies such as outlining, editing and revising, researching, and giving feedback to others in order to compose paragraphs and essays of different types.

listening

Demonstrate strategies for active listening including listening to: predict content, understand main ideas and details, and discern the structure of a listening.

speaking

Participate effectively during group discussions; stating opinions, and leading a conversation.

EAP 200

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Duration Eight (8) Weeks
campus Vancouver
focus

reading

Apply strategies to read, comprehend, analyze, and respond critically to a variety of different academic text types, including locating specific information through skimming and scanning, creating an outline to understand how a text is organized, previewing a text through a variety of strategies, and reading for main ideas and details to create a summary, chart, or graphic.

writing

Demonstrate the use of writing strategies such as researching information, creating an outline, understanding the elements of different essay types, writing 5+ paragraph essays, and using editing and peer feedback strategies using a rubric.

listening

Demonstrate strategies for active listening including understanding main ideas and details, predicting the content and structure of a listening, understanding the speaker’s idioms, tone, and intention.

speaking

Participate effectively during group discussions, use appropriate language while speaking to convince, concede, apologize, assert, or to encourage a positive or negative response. Can also take notes to prepare and deliver a short presentation or lead a group discussion, focusing on structure, professionalism, and pronunciation.

EAP 300

Level 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 +
Duration Twelve (12) Weeks
campus Vancouver
focus

EAP 300 integrates the four main skills of English with academic language. Using authentic academic materials, the course provides practical help in developing essential skills for academic study.

EAP 400

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 +
Duration Twelve (12) Weeks
campus Vancouver
focus

reading

  • Predict the content of a reading by using pre-reading strategies such as skimming and scanning
  • Identify main ideas, major supporting details, and minor details in a text
  • Effectively highlight, annotate, note-take, and summarize a text
  • Correctly use quotations and paraphrasing, with citations
  • Use a wide range of vocabulary strategies to comprehend a text, including context clues, derivation and collocation, and cohesive devices
  • Apply research skills to find and evaluate sources
  • Recognize and be able to make inferences based on an author’s purpose, audience, and biases
  • Understand and use hedging devices, cohesive devices, and rhetorical patterns when reading a text and in a summary

writing

  • Identify and use academic essay format
  • Write a strong thesis statement
  • Use academic perspective/language
  • Write grammatically correct sentence types, introduction
  • Use a process approach to writing (outline, first draft, revise, edit, final copy)
  • Accurately use cohesive devices
  • Identify and correct common sentence errors
  • Apply basic hedging techniques
  • Correctly apply punctuation rules
  • Apply research skills for citations

listening & speaking

  • Build on prior knowledge to prepare for a listening
  • Predict the content of a lecture to prepare for a listening
  • Recognize lecture language that introduces the topic and scope of the lecture
  • Recognize words and expressions used to signal a definition
  • Annotate notes identifying main ideas and key points
  • Summarize a lecture, and present it to other students
  • Use a variety of methods to annotate notes such as highlighting, underlining, and symbols.
  • Recognize the difference in lecture language between a citation, paraphrase, and a direct quotation
  • Self-assess note-taking techniques
  • Write and deliver a speech
  • Lead a group discussion, including other’s opinions
  • Research, prepare and give a formal presentation