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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Scots English College

A high-quality EAP program high education providers trust

Students learn English for a variety of reasons one of which is to pursue vocational or tertiary studies abroad. Thanks to a well-regulated education industry, high standards, gorgeous weather and a strong economy, Australia has always been a popular destination for international students.

Before the COVID-19 breakout, Scots English College had nearly 700 students enrolled in miscellaneous English courses such as General English, Cambridge exam preparation, IELTS exam preparation, PTE-Academic exam preparation, Pronunciation and Communication and finally English for Academic Purposes or in short EAP.

As the name of the course suggests, the main aim of the EAP course is to prepare students for their tertiary studies. As a pathway provider to some quite reputable higher education providers such as Sydney TAFE, Southern-Cross University, the Australian Institute of Management and Commerce (IMC), Scots English College takes its role very seriously and delivers a high-quality EAP program consisting of four levels of English proficiency, from CEFR A2 (pre-intermediate) to C1 (advanced), to ensure students build a solid foundation and an advanced understanding of the academic knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

As one of our key higher education partners, IMC, which is self-regulated, fully appreciates the importance of a robust English course that adequately helps the students to acquire the necessary set of skills and abilities to efficiently perform the daily academic activities, confidently participate in group projects and assignments and clearly communicate with their lecturers and peers.

Supported with popular EAP textbooks such as EAP Now! and Oxford EAP, our EAP curriculum teaches the students the mechanics of the language, grammar including parts of speech, tenses, the various types of clauses, the formation of simple and complex sentences, conditionals and sentence connectors, academic vocabulary and the study skills they need to research, take notes, write a proper essay for a variety of purposes, be it argumentative, descriptive or opinion-based, read and comprehend complex texts and identify different genres as well as distinguish between formal and informal writing and finally learn the fundamentals of participating in discussions or debates applying critical thinking. What’s more, not only will the students improve their proficiency in academic English, but they will also be trained in the use of technology and multimedia for study purposes and be aware of the importance of critical thinking, effective time-management, research, and mind-mapping, skimming, scanning, and reading for details, academic integrity particularly common referencing styles and the consequences of plagiarism.

The EAP course is intensive. Students do tests on a weekly basis, and at the beginning of each 4-week cycle, they are assigned a group project which they must submit at the end of the cycle. EAP students receive ample of much needed feedback regularly throughout the course, after each weekly test and at the end of each cycle. They greatly benefit from the wealth of our teachers’ experience in the field as well as from a well-maintained online platform, our learning Management System or LMS which supports and facilitates ongoing communication and interaction among students themselves and between the students and their teacher. Our LMS is fully equipped with the tools that ensure the students complete their assignments while observing best practices with regard to academic integrity and submit their work in a timely fashion.

Simply put, SCOTS’ EAP course will help the students build a strong foundation in academic English, optimize their learning potential giving them the best chance for success in their tertiary studies.

SCOTS is keen and eager on working with you, as it has been with TAFE NSW, Southern cross university, IMC and several other education providers, not just to be part of your students’ success stories, but also to create them.

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