English for Academic Purposes - Summer 2015
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is an intensive language and culture course, designed for non-native speakers of English who have been admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of Virginia. Prospective U.Va. research associates/visiting scholars are also eligible for the program. Additionally, the EAP program is willing to consider applicants who are not affiliated with U.Va., but who are desirous to improve their study of Academic English; such applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis. Participants fine-tune the language skills required for success in U.S. higher education through exercises in academic writing, academic reading and vocabulary development, listening comprehension and note-taking, classroom discussion strategies, and presentation skills. Throughout the EAP program, participants work with content from their intended field of study or research. A pronunciation assessment is conducted with follow-up work assigned as needed. The English for Academic Purposes Program, ESL 915, is one of nine intensive language programs in the Summer Language Institute, which is organized by the University of Virginia's Office of the Summer and Special Academic Programs.
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Comments from Participants in past English for Academic Purposes Programs
"EAP focuses on each student's interests and major."
"The teachers knew our names before classes began."
"Everything that the office has done has made U.Va. life easier."
"Each class was excellent, well-prepared, and organized."
"The program was good because I had to spend almost all day speaking English."
"I hope that this program will continue to develop and many students will participate in this program next year."
"The workshops were quite useful because they helped us international students to learn about and adapt to the UVA environment as quickly as possible."
"The trips were amazing! We got to see the natural scenery and we learned about the local history. Unforgettable. The trips made me very happy."
"All the teachers of the EAP program are extremely kind, professional, and helpful. Besides the language improvement, they also helped us to gain a lot of useful information about the university, Charlottesville, Virginia and US, including where to eat, to go shopping, to have fun. It's definitely a program worth taking."
"The classes and teachers are very fun and helpful. They really care about the student and want to help the students adjust quickly to the culture and environment here in Charlottesville. I am very thankful! And what's more, I have also made quite a lot of friends here! Thanks EAP program!"
Participants enrolled in English for Academic Purposes typically attend four one-and-a-half-hour classes each day, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday. Classes focus on the following topics:
Through analyzing models and through individual writing practice, participants review the style, organization, structure and vocabulary associated with a number of academic writing tasks. Participants complete daily writing assignments, conference with their instructor, and revise their work.
Reading and Vocabulary Development
Participants are introduced to a variety of written materials and learn how to increase their ability to manage those materials. Course topics include: (a) word study (vocabulary building), (b) fluency techniques (for speed and accuracy), (c) comprehension development, and (d) use of appropriate writing components to explain written texts.
Participants review the pronunciation of standard American English for both production and comprehension purposes. Guided practice follows. Topics in the listening component include discourse markers, lecture organization, note taking, context and prediction, spotting main ideas, strategies for understanding and following lectures, and catching numbers and dates.
Participants review and practice strategies to enhance oral communication with colleagues, classmates, and professional contacts within the university community. They develop skills needed for group discussions and oral presentations.
The program includes a series of workshops that provides a general introduction to US higher education. Workshops for the English for Academic Purposes program include Library and Computing Resources, Student-Faculty Relations, Test-Taking Strategies, Student Life, and the Organization of US Higher Education. Additional workshops introduce participants to the University of Virginia, its academic departments, and its services. Cultural proficiency is developed through these workshops and other activities, including films, day trips to local historic sites, and sporting events.
Please check here for our 2015 application. A minimum TOEFL score of at least 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), or 79-80 (ibt) is recommended. Information on summer housing can be accessed at www.virginia.edu/summer .
Applicants should submit their application for admission to the English for Academic Purposes Program as early as possible in order to guarantee proper dating of their I-20 and sufficient time for the processing of their visa application at a US embassy or consulate. Applicants who require an I-20 must demonstrate capability to meet all anticipated expenses during the EAP program.
2015 Application deadline May 22, 2015
Orientation and classess begin: TBA
Course Fee for 2015: $2382
Comprehensive Fee - All Participants: $425.00