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Based in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program teaches courses for international students across the university. EAP also provides critical resources for students and teachers of writing courses The program collaborates with other related GW entities, including the Writing Center, the Language Center and the University Writing Program.

Our faculty have decades of collective teaching experience in the field, both in the United States and abroad. They have presented at the Washington-area TESOL Conference and the Symposium on Second Language Writing; delivered keynote addresses on topics including LGBTQ+ inclusive pedagogy and writing across the curriculum; and are frequently published in scholarly journals.


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EAP Program Learning Objectives

  • 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

Namig Ahmadov

Namig Ahmadov

MS '16, Finance
Baku, Azerbaijan

"After attending EAP classes, I realized how fun writing can be in a different language. ... I strongly believe it is very beneficial for international students to take EAP classes. Because not only do these courses prepare you for your academic writing, but they also teach and well prepare you for your future career."