English for Academic Purposes

English is currently the language of international academia and non-English-speaking students are increasingly required to attend English-speaking universities to study and conduct their research through the medium of English.  EAP (English for Academic Purposes) trains students how to adequately comprehend, assimilate and present complex information in spoken and written English and it provides them with the required language skills (listening / reading / speaking / writing) to succeed in a variety of academic contexts.  In this highly interactive course, participants will develop transferable skills in listening comprehension, oral intelligibility and written expression through intensive group work, practical exercises and individual presentations.  The aim of this course is to provide participants with targeted vocabulary and related grammar structures, which will help them to decode and articulate the most intricate academic concepts and arguments in an effective and economical manner.

The programme includes:

  • Study skills: concentration techniques, mnemonics and mind-mapping
  • Research methodologies: library work, journals and online study
  • Bibliographies: quotations, references and citations
  • Academic reading comprehension: shallow and deep reading
  • Academic listening: phonology and the recognition of micro- / macro-markers
  • Academic writing: note-taking, note-making, essays, reports, theses
  • Academic speaking: presentation skills, argumentation and question-asking
  • Essential grammar: sentence construction, conjunctions and conditionals
  • Non-verbal communication and semantic inference

Participants will learn how to:

  • Effectively present themselves and their research in spoken and written English
  • Utilise smart listening techniques to identify important information in lectures
  • Deploy smart reading strategies to comprehend complex texts
  • Write essays, bibliographies, reports and theses
  • Participate in seminars and departmental meetings

Who should attend?

  • Undergraduate students
  • Post-graduate students
  • Post-doctoral researchers
  • Tutors
  • New Lecturers
  • Teachers