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English for academic purposes (EAP) entails training students, usually in a higher education setting, to use language appropriately for study. It is a challenging and multi-faceted area within the wider field of English language learning and teaching (ELT), and is one of the most common forms of English for specific purposes (ESP). In common with most language teaching, EAP tutors teach vocabulary, grammar and the four skills (reading, writing, speaking - including pronunciation - and listening), but try to tie these to the study needs of students.

In addition, EAP practitioners often find that, either directly or indirectly, they are teaching study skills and often having to tackle differences in educational culture, for example, what counts as plagiarism. This trend has become more prominent as the numbers of foreign students attending UK universities, and other institutions across the Anglosphere, has increased over the last decade.

Sometimes EAP courses are intended to raise students' English levels so that they can enter university. In the UK, this often means endeavouring to help students get a score of 6 or above in the IELTS examination. In the US, this can mean helping students attain a score of 500 or greater on the Institutional TOEFL.

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English for academic purposes (EAP) entails training students, usually in a higher education setting, to use language appropriately for study. It is a challenging and multi-faceted area within the wider field of English language learning and teaching (ELT), and is one of the most common forms of English for specific purposes (ESP). An EAP program focuses instruction on skills required to perform well in an English-speaking academic context across core subject areas generally encountered in a university setting. Programs may also include a more narrow focus on the more specific linguistic demands of a particular area of study, such as psychology, business or medicine. 1

In common with most language teaching, EAP instruction teaches vocabulary, grammar and the four skills (reading, writing, speaking - including pronunciation - and listening), but usually try to tie these to the specific study needs of students.

In addition, EAP practitioners often find that, either directly or indirectly, they are teaching study skills and often having to tackle differences in educational culture, for example, what counts as plagiarism. This trend has become more prominent as the numbers of foreign students attending UK universities, and other institutions across the Anglosphere, has increased over the last decade.

Sometimes EAP courses are intended to raise students' English levels so that they can enter university. In the UK, this often means endeavouring to help students get a score of 6 or above in the IELTS examination. In the US, this can mean helping students attain a score of 80 or greater on the TOEFL.

Journal of English for Academic Purposes

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