Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Course Description:

Emphasis on skills required to perform in an img_6893English-speaking academic setting such as a college or university.  An advanced integrated or mixed skills course for the foreign student intending to transfer to a college or university in the United States. Listening/speaking focuses on preparing students for listening to authentic lectures and classroom discussions. Practice with classroom interactional, discussion and presentation skills. Pronunciation work to develop intelligible speech and ability to comprehend naturally spoken English in academic contexts. Vocabulary building focuses on expansion of academic vocabulary to meet the specific needs for students in an academic setting. Multiple exposures to target words in meaningful contexts and rich information about each word. Reading works on the development of critical reading skills using selected readings which present a range of cultural experiences and perspectives. Writing works on practice in writing expository essays based on personal experience, observations, and class readings with a review of acceptable English sentence structure. Grammar work provides a review of essential grammar and greater in-depth examination of grammatical and lexical structures used in academic and professional writing designed for nonnative speakers of English.


  • Fulfill English language proficiency without taking the TOEFL for admission to any of our partner colleges/universities (list of schools below)
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Books and materials included
  • 23+ hours per week of instructions
  • Accelerated study
  • Personalized counseling
  • College application assistance

Enhance academic study skills:

  • College note taking skills
  • College essay writing
  • Academic vocabulary
  • Academic critical reading
  • Comprehending academic class lectures
  • Research and library skills
  • Formal composition forms and development, including research papers

Our Partner Schools:

  • California College of the Arts
  • Foothill-De Anza Community College District
    • De Anza College
    • Foothill College
  • Indiana Institute of Technology
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Peralta College System
    • Berkeley City College
    • College of Alameda
    • Laney College
    • Merritt College
  • San Mateo Community College District
    • Cañada College
    • College of San Mateo
    • Skyline College
  • Texas Wesleyan University



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