Study academic English at Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota, USA
English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are open to students who need help with their English reading, writing and speaking skills to achieve success in college. Assessment tests taken during the Inver Hills admissions process can determine if you should take EAP courses at the college.

English for Academic Purposes

Contact Information

Laura Funke
English for Academic Purposes Instructor

Admissions Team
College Center

EAP courses cover a number of English language topics, including:

  • Grammar essentials
  • Basic writing
  • College reading and writing
  • Academic writing

English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors may take Grammar for Tutors of Non-native Speakers of English (EAP 1101) as an elective option.

Course Descriptions

EAP 0090  Introduction to College Reading and Writing   5.0 cr

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 0091  Grammar Essentials for Non-native Speakers of English   1.0 cr

Helps non-native speakers of English gain a better awareness of the grammar "trouble spots" that cause difficulties in writing assignments. Helps students improve their ability to evaluate and edit their own writing in terms of grammatical accuracy by providing instruction tailored to students' needs. Designed for non-native speakers who are concurrently enrolled in ENG 0096, ENG 0099, ENG 1108, and/or other courses requiring significant writing. Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in any course requiring writing recommended

EAP 0094  Reading Workshop   3.0 cr

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 0096  Basic Writing   3.0 cr

Provides non-native English speakers with a general understanding of the expectations of college writing through instruction in English grammar and basic composition principles. Students learn to follow a writing process to improve the content and organization of paragraphs and short essays. Students improve their understanding of English grammatical and mechanical rules. They also begin to use outside sources in their writing. Intended for high- intermediate non-native speakers of English. Prerequisite: Placement as recommended by college assessments.

EAP 0099  Academic Writing   3.0 cr

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.

EAP 1101  Grammar for Tutors of Non-native Speakers of English   1.0 cr

Helps student tutors gain a better awareness of the grammar "trouble spots" that cause non-native speakers difficulties in writing assignments. Provides student tutors with the general principles of English grammar and helps student tutors to competently address non-native writers' errors in conferences in the Writing Center. Also provides student tutors with greater awareness of non-native student populations on campus and issues that affect their writing and/or academic success. Intended for student tutors who are working with non-native speakers in the Writing Center. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

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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.

Additional resources

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