Pathways to Academic Readiness: English Language Program for
Conditional Admission to Florida Atlantic University
Level I: Intermediate-Level Courses
Level II: High-Intermediate/Advanced Level Courses
Level III: Advanced/University-Level Courses
English Grammar I
English Listening and Speaking I
English Reading and Writing I
Introduction to American Culture
English Grammar II
English Listening and Speaking II
English Reading and Writing II
English for Academic Purposes I (discipline specific – for example: Business, Science and Engineering, etc.)
English for Academic Purposes II (Research methods)
Test Preparation (TOEFL/ACT)
Learning Strategies for Academic Success
One course (3-4 credits) toward the student’s degree program (as recommended by academic advisor)
EAP 160 – English Grammar I
EAP 260 – English Grammar II
EAP 160 & 260 are courses taught in a two-semester sequence. These courses focus on the grammar structures most commonly used in North American English, with an emphasis on the application of these grammar structures to academic writing. They are designed to practice all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in a variety of authentic communicative contexts. During the 15-week semester, students will also learn to identify the differences between the grammar of written and spoken English, learn how to avoid the most common mistakes that English language learners make, and develop their vocabulary in order to best prepare them to successfully integrate in an American university. Both EAP 160 & 260 will help students communicate meaningfully in English and recognize the undeniable interdependence of grammar and communication.
EAP 100 – English listening and speaking I
EAP 200 – English listening and speaking II
EAP 100 & 200 are courses taught in a two-semester sequence. These courses introduce students to basic principles of communication theory as well as informative, persuasive, and occasional models of public speaking. They will focus on learning how to participate in formal and informal situations at universities, including sharing opinions, presenting research, and creating extended oral presentations in order to best prepare students for university study. Students will also develop their listening skills by completing tasks that are designed to help them develop strategies before listening, while listening, and after listening to a variety of recordings. Instruction focuses on planning, organization, argumentation, delivery and posture, use of gestures and voice, and US academic audience expectations. Both EAP 100 & 200 also focus on vocabulary learning as an essential part of academic preparation, as well as note taking skills which are helpful and necessary to succeed in university courses.
EAP 120 – English reading and writing I
EAP 220 – English reading and writing II
EAP 120 & 220 are courses taught in a two-semester sequence. These courses provide sustained content prepared for English learners planning to study college-level subject matter in English. Both EAP 120 & 220 are designed to expose students to the types of text and tasks that they will encounter in their academic coursework and provide them with the skills to be successful in higher education. Students will read and write to develop and sustain an in-depth personal and intellectual inquiry into various topics. By teaching students to generate worthwhile questions, collect primary data, locate secondary resources, and form original insights, these courses enable students to pursue an individual interest in writing throughout the semester, blending personal voice effectively with the voices of published writers. Students are required to read on a variety of texts and write numerous short essays throughout the 15-week semester designed to lead students through a continually deepening creative research process that ripens into a written project of considerable length and complexity.
EAP 150 – Introduction to American Culture
EAP 150 is a course designed to teach students the skills they need to be successful in academic courses in North American Universities. Important ideas and events in American history and culture that have been chosen for their high interest and relevance to American life today will be discussed throughout the semester. Topics such as the US Government, US Constitution, and American values in general will be the focus of discussions and the basis for completing diverse tasks that will continue to develop skills such as reading academic texts, note-taking techniques, methods for preparing for tests, and writing in an academic style.
EAP 180 – English for Academic Purposes I (discipline-specific modules)
This course develops advanced academic reading skills for students who have completed EAP 100, EAP 120, EAP 150, and EAP 160. Students will have the opportunity to read academic work in their field of interest (business, science & engineering, etc.), as vocabulary development in particular fields is essential to academic success in a North American University.
EAP 280 – English for Academic Purposes II (research methods)
This course further develops advanced academic reading and writing skills for students who have completed EAP 200, EAP 220, EAP 250, EAP 260 and EAP 180. Students will conduct academic work in their field of interest including research paper writing. Learner outcomes for the course include improved reading comprehension, writing proficiency, academic vocabulary, and research skills, all in a single content area of the student’s choice. The reading materials are authentic and from publications in the chosen field. Students will write brief reports on their research and present them to the class.
EAP 170 – test preparation course (TOEFL/ACT/GRE)
This course is designed to successfully prepare you for the TOEFL exam. During the semester you will discuss test-taking strategies, review techniques that are pertinent to each of the four sections of the test: reading, listening, speaking and writing. You will practice taking tests and improve your academic English skills overall.
At the end of Level 2 all students will take a proficiency exam to ensure students are ready to take the for-credit class in Level 3. Those not ready for the academic course could be offered an alternate Level 3 program with additional English instruction.
During the 3rd and last semester of the PAR program students will have the opportunity to enroll in Learning Strategies for Academic Success and for a 3-credit hour course towards an FAU degree (courses will be selected from the intellectual foundations and tailored for degree interests). This 3-credit course will require tuition to be paid to FAU (estimated at $1,800).
All PAR courses are taught by faculty who hold a master’s degree in TESL, a related academic filed, who are pursuing the M.A degree in Linguistics at Florida Atlantic University and have completed 18 hours of graduate-level coursework. All are dedicated and caring professionals who provide individualized attention to our students.