English for Academic Purposes Information

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What is EAP?

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a series of courses that help students develop the Academic English skills needed for success in college courses. Students will receive direct instruction, participate in pair and group assignments, and utilize language learning technology to develop Academic English. In addition to coursework, students enrolled in the EAP program have access to instructional assistance in a lab setting which offers one-on-one tutoring, computers with language-learning software, reading materials, grammar modules, and periodic conversation workshops. Students also have access to College resources including the library, and activities through the Student Life Department.

Students in the EAP program are coming from more than thirty different countries speaking more than fourteen different languages. The program includes students of both traditional and non-traditional ages, with varied life experiences.Diversity is celebrated throughout the program. Course and program activities allow students the opportunity to build new relationships and engage in learning experiences with students from different educational and cultural backgrounds. The students in the program share the desire to acquire Academic English to succeed in college and careers.

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In the English for Academic Purposes (EAP program), we teach students academic English through Writing, Reading, Listening/Speaking, and Grammar courses. The courses prepare students to succeed in college and in careers.

Guiding Principles

  • Develops academic language skills for native and non-native speakers of English.
  • Designs courses based on relevant research as well as national and state standards.
  • Prepares students to succeed in writing intensive courses in college.
  • Teaches students to apply learning strategies in college level coursework.
  • Provides a foundation for students to achieve success within competitive academic and professional environments.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the College Prep Developmental Sequence of English for Academic Purposes, the student will:

  • Be prepared to succeed in English classes
  • Read English at the college level
  • Write English at the college level
  • Apply learning strategies in college level coursework
  • Achieve success within competitive academic and professional environments
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How many levels does the EAP program offer?

  • There are five levels: 2-6. We do not offer basic English (Level 1).
  • There are four classes for Levels 2, 3, 4, and 5:
    • Speech and Listening (3 credits)
    • Grammar (3 credits)
    • Reading (3 credits)
    • Writing (3 credits)
  • There are three classes for Level 6:
    • Speech and Listening (3 credits)
    • Reading (3 credits)
    • Writing/Grammar (6 credits)

What is the sequence of courses?

After completing an assessment, students will be placed into one of five levels (2-6). Courses in level 5 and level 6 count as General Education Elective Credit:

English for Academic Purposes Sequence
Level 2 EAP 0200 Speech/Listening 3 Credits EAP 0220 Reading 3 Credits EAP 0240 Writing 3 Credits EAP 0260 Grammar 3 Credits
Level 3 EAP 0300 Speech/Listening 3 Credits EAP 0320 Reading 3 Credits EAP 0340 Writing 3 Credits EAP 0360 Grammar 3 Credits
Level 4 EAP 0400 Speech/Listening 3 Credits EAP 0420 Reading 3 Credits EAP 0440 Writing 3 Credits EAP 0460 Grammar 3 Credits
Level 5 EAP 1500 Speech/Listening 3 Credits EAP 1520 Reading 3 Credits EAP 1540 Writing 3 Credits EAP 1560 Grammar 3 Credits
Level 6 EAP 1600 Speech/Listening 3 Credits EAP 1620 Reading 3 Credits EAP 1640 Grammar/Writing 6 Credits

By successfully completing the EAP course sequence, students will have acquired the language skills needed for college-level coursework. The Reading and Speech/Listening courses emphasize the development of academic vocabulary, academic lecture/text discourse comprehension, note-taking, and public speaking. The Writing and Grammar classes emphasize the use of Standard English grammar, punctuation, usage, and discourse structures.Course assignments and assessments ask students to use Academic English for authentic purposes that mirror the academic listening, speaking, reading and writing they will use in college courses and professional environments.

How long will the classes last?

Classes last a semester. Semesters are as follow:
Fall term: August - December
Spring term: January - April
Summer term: May - August

What is the class schedule?

Classes meet weekdays late in the afternoon and evenings, and the hours vary. Course counseling is available:
Lee Campus - Building Q (T. Howard Hall), 2nd Floor, Room 221, 239-489-9378
Collier Campus - Building J (Conference Center), 2nd floor, Room 204A, 239-732-3139

Can I get financial aid?

Financial aid questions can be answered in the Financial Aid department:
Lee Campus-Building S (Taeni Hall) on the 2nd floor, Main Lobby.
Collier Campus-Building A, room 125

How do I register for EAP classes?

Lee Campus
Buildings: Q-224 and Q-225
Monday-Thursday 8:30AM - 8:30PM
Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM
For additional questions or concerns contact Director, Monica Moore at 239-489-9378.
Collier Campus
Building: J-204 (Conference Center)
Monday-Friday 8:30AM - 9:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM - 1:00PM
  1. You may visit an Admissions Office or apply online for admissions.
  2. Pay the $30 application fee.
  3. When you have received your FSW student identification number, please make an appointment for EAP testing in person or by phone:
    Lee Campus-Building Q (T. Howard Hall), 2nd Floor, Room 221, 239-489-9378
    Collier Campus - Building J (Conference Center), 2nd floor, Room 204A, 239-9378

What is the purpose of the EAP placement test?

The results of the test will allow the staff to place students in the appropriate level based on their ability to read, write, speak, and listen in English. This allows faculty to target instruction based on the students’ needs.

How long does it take to complete the test?

It depends on the student. It will take approximately one-two hours.

Can I bring my children?

In order to provide students with a quiet study and testing environment, we do not allow children in the lab. Your cooperation is appreciated.

After I take the test, what should I do?

The day of the test, you will be notified when the results will be available. Generally, results are available in a week or less. Please do not call for test score. To ensure confidentiality, test scores cannot be given over the phone.

You will be informed of your scores and your entry level placement.

You may register for your classes during open enrollment.

How much do the classes cost?

After a student is registered and admitted to Florida SouthWestern State College, the costs will vary depending on the Residency Declaration status.

For more information go to: Tuition Costs