English for Academic Purposes, or EAP, refers to learning English in order to use it to study another subject.

Many universities have pre-sessional EAP courses. Courses concentrate on specific skills the learners will need to benefit from their learning in another language.

In the classroom
EAP classes can include areas such as academic reading skills, listening and taking notes, writing summaries, justifying opinions, interpreting graphical information and writing essays. Learners may need specific preparation for an external test they will take to prove their ability to study in English, such as IELTS.

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