English for Academic Purposes

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program provides support in academic language and intercultural communication for undergraduate students who are non-native speakers of English. The program is designed for degree-seeking students who have TOEFL scores of 500-550 (paper-based), 173-213 (computer-based) or 61-80 (Internet-based).

The EAP program provides the language and cultural support necessary for success in academic and student life. Small class sizes and a committed faculty help create a friendly environment that promotes active learning. The program emphasizes participation in social, cultural and educational events with the campus community, which helps to ease the transition into American culture.

Individual Tutoring

The EAP program provides language tutoring and resources that address the specific needs of all Salve Regina students who are non-native speakers of English. Experienced and supportive tutors are available for both occasional and regularly scheduled academic assistance.

Conversation Partner Program

Each semester, students who are non-native speakers of English are invited to participate in the conversation partner program. Participants are matched with a conversation partner who is a native speaker of English. Conversation partners meet for one hour each week during the semester to practice speaking English and communicating cross-culturally.

Courses

Academic Communication Skills

Core Complement course in foreign languages for EAP students

This course strengthens students' English language skills, primarily in listening and speaking in academic settings; however, reading and writing skills are also integrated into the course. The goal is to increase fluency in English in order to be successful in academic studies and social interactions. Students enhance their study skills, cross-cultural awareness and conversation skills by completing various in-class activities and homework assignments. This course is open to undergraduate students who are non-native speakers of English.

Prerequisite: TOEFL scores of 500-550 (paper-based), 173-213 (computer-based) or 61-80 (Internet-based).

Advanced Communication Skills

Core Complement course in foreign languages for EAP students

This course strengthens students' oral communication skills in English that are essential to academic success in higher education. Students increase fluency by preparing for and participating in academic and cultural discussions, completing listening and speaking projects and reflecting on ways to increase intercultural communication. Students also enhance their study skills, cross-cultural awareness and conversation skills by completing assignments. This course is open to undergraduate students who are non-native speakers of English.

Prerequisite: Academic Communication Skills or permission of the EAP coordinator

Academic Research and Writing

Core Complement course in foreign languages for EAP students

This course focuses on strategies for academic research and varieties of expository writing for different audiences and situations. Students improve their proficiency in the English language by developing effective styles of writing paragraphs and essays, culminating in a final research project. They also expand their understanding of grammatical structures and academic vocabulary. Weekly individual work with a tutor in the EAP program or at the Writing Center is required.

Academic Writing in the Disciplines

Core Complement course in foreign languages for EAP students

This course focuses on strategies for research, reading and writing in various academic disciplines. Students improve their proficiency on the English language by developing effective styles of writing essays, analyzing texts and using appropriate forms of MLA/APA citations. They also expand their understanding of grammatical structures and academic vocabulary. Weekly individual work with a tutor in the EAP program or at the Writing Center is required.

Prerequisite: Academic Research and Writing or permission of the EAP coordinator