English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)


What is it?  Well, here’s a clue: it’s a course you can take if you join one of KE’s programmes UK1, UK2 or UK3, and it appears under ‘Skills for learning’.

Sometimes we think that students don’t choose EAP because they don’t really know what it means.  Even when we say it means ‘English for Academic Purposes’, people are still not sure what it involves.

EAP is a kind of language course, and like most language courses, it focuses on what are called the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  But it’s a course for students whose English is already at a high level, and it focuses on language-related skills at university level.  Briefly, this is what you look at:

  • Listening: listening to lectures and benefiting from them
  • Speaking: taking part effectively in seminars and tutorials
  • Reading: coping with a very large reading list
  • Writing: writing at university level

It’s a really useful course – try it!