Undergraduate Courses

EAP 1010: Academic Communication

3 hours per week, 3 credits

To participate in today's global society, it is imperative that individuals develop fluency and confidence in communicating effectively in academic and professional settings. This three-credit course for international undergraduate students explores the theme of global and cross-cultural communication to help you build your own academic skills as they relate to oral communication. A diverse set of classroom activities and assignments will help you understand the U.S. classroom culture, assess different communicative contexts, develop tools and strategies for oral communication, gain control over language structures appropriate for various speaking situations, and upgrade fluency and confidence in spoken English. EAP 1010 will focus on traditional academic skills such as listening and note-taking, class discussions, and presentations but will also help you develop your “voice” in oral communication situations. This class also emphasizes multiliteracy through varied activities that incorporate intercultural, multimedia, and visual communication.

EAP 1010 is a 3-credit elective course open to all international students who want to develop confidence and fluency in oral communication. 


EAP 1015: American Multicultural Perspectives: Washington, D.C.

3 hours per week, 3 credits

What types of writing assignments will you need to complete as an undergraduate student at GW? What will your professors expect? How can you prepare yourself for success in written academic communication? This class will help you answer those questions. EAP 1015 is a structured academic writing course for international undergraduate students. Its primary purpose is to help you build skills in academic writing at the university level and prepare you to become a better academic writer across multiple writing contexts. Because everyone in this class speaks English as a second or additional language, we will also focus on the development of important language skills such as academic sentence structures, vocabulary, and grammar. This course has a unified theme that allows you to explore Washington, DC’s rich cultural heritage through research, reading, class discussions, and writing assignments. After successful completion of EAP 1015, you will go on to take UW 1020, GW’s required first-year writing class.

Grading Policy

A grade of C- or above in EAP 1015 indicates that the student is prepared to write solid academic essays in GW's required first-year writing course, UW 1020. If an EAP 1015 student is not prepared for the next level of university writing, the instructor will award the student a grade of R (for Repeat). The R grade is reserved for students who work hard in the course, complete the main course assignments, but will still benefit from additional EAP writing instruction. A student who receives an R grade will not get credit for the course; however, the R will not factor into the student's GPA. Students who do not complete the course requirements, who are consistently absent from class, or who violate other expectations of academic behavior, will receive an F and still be required to re-take EAP 1015 in order to move on to UW 1020. EAP 1010 is a 3-credit elective course open to all international students who want to develop confidence and fluency in oral communication. 


EAP 1016: Academic Skills Workshop

Subtopic:  Grammar for Academic Writing 

Online, 1 credit

This academic skills course will scaffold international students' understanding and production of academic text, including grammar, sentence structure, use of transitional and cohesive devices, and incorporation of academic vocabulary. It will draw on corpus linguistics and other academically purposed approaches to building English language proficiency. It will be organized as a series of interactive learning modules with opportunities for review and self-study, as well as peer and professor interaction as students learn to produce academic prose that is increasingly accurate and sophisticated in its construction. 

Subtopic:  Discussion and Presentation Skills

1 credit

This academic skills course will help students to develop confidence and competence in their oral communication skills. Students will learn to prepare for and participate in classroom discussions, as well as plan and facilitate a class discussion independently. Students will also be supported through the process of developing a formal presentation on an academic topic, focusing on slide design and presentation, organization and content, use of appropriate language structures, delivery of the presentation, and responding to audience questions. This class meets for two hours a week during a six-week period.