Welcome to the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program is an academic department within the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts & Sciences.

EAP's mission is to socialize international students who speak English as a second or additional language into our academic discourse community by helping them build an academic skill set that will benefit them in their GW coursework and professional career. Our program also plays a key role in the university's efforts to internationalize and engage the global perspectives of the GW community. We strongly believe that GW's international students are a rich resource for global engagement in our campus teaching and learning environments.

The overarching objective of the English for Academic Purposes program is to prepare students to meet academic expectations for written communication at a university level. Our classes are taught by qualified faculty, with decades of collective teaching experience both in the United States and abroad.

Our instructional practices are grounded in the fields of TESOL, applied linguistics, and writing studies. The core courses offered in the EAP program focus on academic research and writing, with elective courses that target oral academic communication and other critical academic literacy skills. EAP’s pedagogical approach draws on academically-purposed content and materials using a task-based approach. Small class sizes enable faculty to provide individualized attention to students, as well as multiple opportunities for feedback and revision.

Program Learning Objectives for EAP Writing Classes

  • Understand the expectations of university-level academic writing and its key genres; respond to writing prompts with a rhetorical awareness that includes audience, purpose, and appropriate language use
  • Engage in the critical reading of authentic academic texts and other supplementary materials; demonstrate awareness of rhetorical and textual features, key points, and methods of organization and support; develop the academic skills of summarizing, synthesizing, and/or critiquing academic materials depending on task expectations
  • Understand the principles and practices associated with academic integrity; conduct academic research, evaluate and manage information from sources, incorporate source ideas in writing, and demonstrate control over assigned citation format
  • Acquire and incorporate academic vocabulary that is both general and discipline/topic specific; develop a repertoire of grammatical structures appropriate for a variety of academic writing tasks
  • Recognize the recursive nature of writing and actively engage in the process of planning, drafting, incorporating feedback, revising, and editing their written work