What is an English for Academic Purpose (EAP) Program?
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is an intensive program designed to prepare
GV Pathway students to succeed at a college or university in Canada or other English-speaking countries.
The EAP program at GV Victoria focuses on strengthening academic reading and writing skills, as well as general language skills, especially advanced level communication skills. The program also covers:
- critical thinking skills
- research skills
- study skills
- digital literacy
- academic integrity (anti-plagiarism)
- group work
Our English for Academic Purpose (EAP) Program at Global Village Victoria
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses at Global Village help you improve your English level through focussed practice on academically-themed classes and activities. The EAP program focuses on strengthening general language skills, especially advanced level communication skills and academic reading and writing skills. The program also covers critical thinking skills, research skills, study skills, note-taking, presentations and group work.
Improving your language skills to “college-level” takes time and may take many months if your initial language level is fairly low. There is no minimum level to begin your studies at Global Village, but our EAP option classes usually start at the GV3 level.
Who is this course for?
These classes are designed for students who are preparing for international admissions to a university or college in Canada or who want to bring their English level up to that standard. Students who want to study at a college or university in Canada must prove their level of English meets the academic requirements of Higher Ed (Higher Education) in Canada.
As part of the program, regular meetings with the Pathway Advisor are scheduled. These meetings will not only review academic progress on the pathway, but can also cover the application process and communication with the college/university to ensure a successful transfer.
Which Elective Classes can students in this program select?
EAP Elective Classes:
Here is selection of EAP option classes over a 12-week period:
- Speaking Strategies for Success
- Gateway to Academic Writing
- Reading & Discussion
- Vocabulary & Grammar Essentials - Intermediate
- Listening & Speaking
- Reading & Writing
- Vocabulary & Grammar Essential - Advanced
You can find a full list of GV electives on the Elective English Courses webpage.
Pathways to High School, College & University
GV Victoria has official Pathway Agreements with many academic institutions in Canada. This is an excellent option for students who are looking for international admissions to high school, college or university in Canada but do not want to take a standardized test like IELTS, Cambridge, TOEFL or Duolingo to prove their English proficiency.
Often, our students would rather meet their university entrance requirements through a more holistic program of English study, which improves their language skills more naturally and organically over several months in an English-speaking atmosphere.
Students in the EAP Pathway program will apply for and receive a Conditional Letter of Acceptance from their college or university in Canada. Depending on the specific pathway agreement, students must reach a level of GV6 or 7 and complete a variety of academically-based option classes to prepare them for higher education (Higher Ed) in Canada.
Most of the Global Village pathway agreements in Canada require a mark of 80% or higher in the final four weeks of study. They will then be admitted to their college or university to study the program of their choice. Completion of their university or college program can allow them to get a post-graduate work permit and eventual Permanent residence (PR) in Canada; an important step in their goal to immigrate to Canada.
EAP Program Structure
EAP students may take 20 or 25 lessons/week before they reach the Advanced English Level (GV 6 or 7). However, most GV pathway agreements require 30 lessons per week in your final 12 weeks of EAP study (at the GV6/7 level).
We do recommend taking 30 lessons per week for your entire study period, to give you as much intensity and exposure to the language as possible. Students who register for only 20 lessons/week tend to require more weeks of study to progress through the levels.
Students typically require 8-12 weeks of study to progress one level. Language progress requires consistent practise in and outside of the classroom. Full immersion in an English-speaking environment can also positively affect outcomes.