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English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP)

EAPP Courses

EAPP consists of interconnected courses that focus on critical reading, reasoning, writing, and communication skills. Each semester, along with EAPP courses, students typically take two additional courses of their choosing. EAPP students satisfy the Primary Writing Requirement (PWR) by earning a “C” or better in
WRT 103: Critical Reading, Reasoning, and Writing and WRT 104: Research, Reading, and Writing.

WRT 101: Communication across Contexts I and WRT 103: Critical Reading, Reasoning, and Writing are taken together in the fall semester. These two courses have coordinated themes and topics that show the relationship between communication skills in WRT101 and critical thinking and writing in WRT 103.

WRT 102: Communication across Contexts II and WRT 104: Research, Reading, and Writing are taken together in the spring semester. WRT 102 continues to emphasize communication skills, and WRT 104 focuses on research methods and writing from sources. A research paper is required in WRT 104.

Grading and Credit Structure

EAPP courses are graded using traditional letter grades. All EAPP grades are calculated into the students' grade point averages.

WRT 101 and 102: Communication across Contexts I and II each carries 2 credits. WRT 103: Critical Reading, Reasoning, and Writing and WRT 104: Research, Reading, and Writing each carries 6 credits. No more than 10 EAPP credits may be counted toward the degree.

Term Schedule

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WRT 101 EAPP COMMUNICATION ACROSS CONTEXTS I

This course is designed to help undergraduate non-native speakers of English improve their English oral communication and listening skills in preparation for social interactions at the university. Students will practice speaking at greater length and faster speed by developing fluency, grammatical accuracy, complexity of sentence structures, and vocabulary. In addition, students will practice listening actively to peers, summarizing, paraphrasing, and repeating key information from native speakers of English. The course will also cover such techniques as asking follow-up questions, using socialization strategies, adapting to cultural differences, practicing small talk, and making formal and informal introductions. Class work will take place in and out of the classroom with the collaboration of native and non-native speakers of English in formal and informal settings. Significant class time will be devoted to English pronunciation.

Prerequisites: A C or better in WRT 101: EAPP Communication across Contexts I is required to proceed to WRT 102: EAPP Communication across Contexts II. EAPP Program permission required for non-EAPP Program students.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

WRT 102 EAPP COMMUNICATION ACROSS CONTEXTS II

This course builds upon the lessons from WRT 101: EAPP Communication across Contexts I, and it is designed to help undergraduate non-native speakers of English improve their English oral communication and listening skills in preparation for academic and social interactions. Students will practice taking notes, summarizing, repeating, and critiquing key information from recorded lectures and presentations – with an emphasis on the discourse most prevalent in undergraduate university courses. Students will also practice communicating in different academic, social, and cultural contexts as they engage in classroom conversation, debates, interviews, speaking to formal audiences, and giving academic presentations in English. Class work will take place in and out of the classroom with the collaboration of native and non-native speakers of English in formal and informal settings.

Prerequisites: C or better in WRT 101: EAPP Communication across Contexts I, or permission of EAPP Program for non-EAPP Program students. WRT 102 is an integrated course that supports WRT 104: EAPP Research, Reading, and Writing coursework.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

WRT 103 EAPP CRITICAL READING, REASONING, AND WRITING

WRT 103 is an introduction to critical reading and writing skills. Lessons will center on the analysis of varied readings and on using writing as a tool for critical thinking and reflection. Students will be introduced to concepts of rhetorical analysis and the use of logic, as well as the roles of audience and purpose in shaping the organization, style and argumentative strategies of their own papers. In addition, students will build writing fluency and self-expression through freewriting and in-class writing. Collaboration is an important part of learning; therefore, students will work together as they learn to critique their own work and the work of their peers. Attention will be given to writing beyond the classroom, such as communicating with faculty and others campus programs and departments.

Prerequisites: A C or better is required to proceed to WRT 104, EAPP Research, Reading, and Writing. EAPP Program permission required for non-EAPP Program students.
Last Offered: Fall 2017

WRT 104 EAPP RESEARCH, READING, AND WRITING

WRT 104 extends the critical reading and writing skills learned in WRT 103: EAPP Critical Reading, Reasoning, and Writing to the act of research. Research may include traditional library sources and academic journals, but it may also include primary research such as fieldwork, surveys, and interviews. A variety of texts will be analyzed and discussed in preparation for constructing extended argumentative essays and a final argumentative research paper. Reading and responding critically to texts will be practiced. Students will learn to incorporate source material into research writing and integrate one's ideas with those from other texts. Collaboration is an important part of learning; therefore, students will work together as they learn to critique their work and the work of peers. Attention will be given to writing beyond the classroom, such as communicating with faculty and staff across the college.

Prerequisites: C or better in WRT 103: EAPP Critical Reading, Research, and Writing, or permission of EAPP Program for non-EAPP Program students.
Last Offered: Spring 2018