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English for Academic Purposes

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme is offered as an afternoon elective to students taking an intensive or semi intensive course.  It is aimed at students who are planning to study a postgraduate or undergraduate degree at UCT or another university where English is the medium of instruction.

EAP course focuses broadly on the language skills and competencies you need to succeed in an English speaking academic environment, including academic writing, giving presentations, making oral arguments, understanding lectures and note-taking.  The course is comprised of a Speaking and Listening module and a Reading and Writing module.

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EAP Speaking and Listening

The Speaking and Listening module will teach you to understand lectures, take part in seminars and tutorial discussions, give presentations and formulate a spoken argument.

  • Learning Outcomes
  • Presenting and supporting a spoken argument
  • Defending an argument using evaluative language
  • Engaging in collaborative discussion
  • Summarizing key concepts
  • Identifying key points in lectures
  • Note-taking techniques
  • Using visuals in presentations

EAP Reading and Writing

The Reading and Writing module will teach you to read and understand academic books and articles and produce complex written academic texts with a well constructed argument.

  • Quick Guide
  • Presenting a written argument
  • Structuring a range of essay types
  • Using key academic vocabulary
  • Constructing complex sentences
  • Identifying arguments and evidence in a text
  • Evaluating a written argument
  • Navigating complex extended texts

Applying to UCT

As the premier university on the continent, UCT is home to over 4000 international students from Africa and around the world.  Many students come to ELC with the aim of getting admission to UCT when their level of English reached the level required to be considered for admission.

Admission to UCT is highly competitive and to be successful as an international undergraduate applicant you need to have excellent high school grades.  As a research-intensive university, UCT particularly welcomes applications from international students for its postgraduate programmes.

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Academic writing is just about not about using academic vocabulary.  A good academic essay must have appropriate structure, and must present and support an argument with clarity and concision.

One of the most important skills for university success in the ability to take clear notes.  This is vital for lectures, but it is also very useful to take notes when you are reading texts or taking part in a seminar or tutorial.

The course will introduce you to the concept of critical thinking so you can engage critically with advanced topics and give thoughtful, logical responses to questions of an academic nature.

IELTS Preparation

Many students choose to combine an IELTS course in the morning with English for Academic Purposes in the afternoon on an intensive or semi-intensive course.  The IELTS preparations course is designed to prepare you for the IELTS academic English exams, with focused training in exam strategies and techniques to allow you to maximise your potential and achieve the grade you need.

While EAP course focuses more broadly on the language skills and competencies you need to succeed in an English speaking academic environment, the IELTS preparation course emphasizes tips and strategies for the IELTS exam specifically.

Find out about IELTS preparation

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