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English for Academic Purposes

Are you multilingual? English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses prepare you to read and write in English so you can achieve your highest success at Inver Hills.

English for Academic Purposes

Contact Information

Laura Funke
English for Academic Purposes Instructor

Admissions Team
College Center

Are EAP courses right for me?

You have come to Inver with linguistic power! You may be learning English as your second or third (or perhaps even fourth or fifth!) language. It is quite an accomplishment to be bilingual or multilingual.

While you may have learned other languages first, you may need more development with reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills in English. EAP courses focus on improving these essential academic skills while recognizing and honoring your previous experiences.

When you come to Inver Hills, you’ll answer some questions about how long you have been in the US, whether you went to high school here, and what languages you currently speak. Your responses to these questions and your performance on other placement tests will help us determine if you would benefit from taking EAP courses.

What are EAP courses like?

While you can take EAP courses alone, our EAP courses are often linked with one or two more courses so that the same students take classes together. This is called a Learning Community. Your EAP instructor works with the instructors in other course areas like sociology and communication to help you succeed in all of the courses. For example, you might work on a research paper for a sociology class in your EAP writing class, and the research paper will be graded in both courses. This is a great way to learn, to be prepared for college-level courses, and to make friends! Learn more about this opportunity, check out the English for Academic Purposes (EAP)Learning Communities brochure

Course Descriptions

EAP 0090  Introduction to College Reading and Writing   5.0 cr

Course Outline for EAP 0090

Introduces the beginning college student to the demands of college reading and writing through the close study of representative college textbook material and the production of short essays and other informal writing. Includes a study of English grammar troublespots. Intended for non-native speakers whose college assessment results suggest that further development of English reading and writing skills are necessary before attempting college-level English courses. Prerequisites: Placement as recommended by college assessment. Student must register for this course at the enrollment services counter.

EAP 0094  Reading Workshop   3.0 cr

Course Outline for EAP 0094

Challenges students to improve general and college reading skills through development of fluency and vocabulary. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing a college-level vocabulary, improving reading rate, expanding background knowledge for college reading, and the role of reading in academic, public, and private life. Intended for the student whose basic reading skills are satisfactory, but whose vocabulary, reading experience, and reading rate may affect the ability to cope with the more rigorous demands of college reading assignments. Prerequisites: Placement recommended by college assessments.

EAP 0099  Academic Writing   3.0 cr

Course Outline for EAP 0099

Provides advanced writing students whose native language is not English with the ability to improve their writing skills in order to be successful in entry-level college writing courses. Students develop their understanding of and use of various aspects of grammar, style, and essay organization. They write short essays and move toward argumentative or expository essays which incorporate research from outside sources. Prereq: Placement as recommended by college assessments or one of the following: EAP 0090, EAP 0096, READ 0090, ENG 0096.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your English for Academic Purposes course obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an outstanding education with one-on-one interactions with English for Academic Purposes faculty
  2. You will benefit from small class sizes while developing practical, real-world English reading, writing and speaking skills
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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