English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

English for Academic Purposes Program – 100% Online starting April

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Dalhousie EAP Program is proceeding without interruption during the suspension of face-face classes because of the COVID-19 situation. We are pleased to inform you that the EAP Program will now be delivered 100% online starting April 2020.

The online EAP course will reflect the same material you would study in person and will meet the same high standards of teaching and learning as the face-to-face EAP courses. Successful completion of the EAP Program in this online format will continue to meet the English language requirements for admission into your degree program at Dalhousie University.

There are currently three (3) start dates you can choose from to join the EAP Program Online:

  1. EAP September 2020 session: September 14 - December 11, 2020 (all EAP levels)
  2. EAP January 2021 session: January 11 - April 09, 2021 (all EAP levels)
  3. EAP APril 2021 session: April 19 - July 09, 2021 (all EAP levels)

For EAP courses beginning in January 2021 or later, all levels of the EAP Program will be offered 100% online. When international travel restrictions are lifted and Dalhousie University allows in-person English language classes again, we will offer the EAP Program in two modes: 100% online or face-to-face mode in Halifax. If you choose to switch to face-to-face mode at that time, we will inform you and make any necessary adjustments to your EAP Letter of Acceptance (LOA). The usual pre-requisites for entry into Canada as a student, such as a valid study permit and visa, will continue to apply as we are able to again offer the EAP Program in face-to-face mode.

Click here to learn more about the EAP 100% Online courses.

If you have any questions, please contact us at esl@dal.ca.

EAP courses are for:

  • Students planning to take a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate at Dalhousie or any English-speaking university
  • Students who have been conditionally accepted into a Dalhousie academic program but do not meet English language requirements
  • Any advanced English student who wishes to improve their English. Students do not have to be conditionally accepted into a Dalhousie academic program to take Dalhousie’s EAP courses.

There are 4 levels of EAP:

EAP Foundations 1 (360 hours)

CEFR Level A2 (What does this mean?)

Length: 12 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $4500
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
April 13 - July 3, 2020 (Online)
Sept. 14 - Dec. 11, 2020 (Online)

Jan. 11 - April 9, 2021 (Online)
April 19 - July 9, 2021
Sept. 13 - Dec. 10, 2021

EAP Foundations 2 (360 hours)

CEFR Level B1 (What does this mean?)

Length: 12 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $4500
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
April 13 - July 3, 2020 (Online)
Sept. 14 - Dec. 11, 2020 (Online)

Jan. 11 - April 9, 2021 (Online)
April 19 - July 9, 2021
Sept. 13 - Dec. 10, 2021

EAP Level 1 (360 hours)

CEFR Level B2 (What does this mean?)

Length: 12 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $4500
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
April 13 - July 3, 2020 (Online)
Sept. 14 - Dec. 11, 2020 (Online)

Jan. 11 - April 9, 2021 (Online)
April 19 - July 9, 2021
Sept. 13 - Dec. 10, 2021

EAP Level 2 (360 hours)

CEFR Level C1 (What does this mean?)

+optional Bridging Program (details below)

Length: 12 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $4500
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
April 13 - July 3, 2020 (Online)
June 08 - Aug. 28, 2020 (Online)
Sept. 14 - Dec. 11, 2020 (Online)

Jan. 11 - April 9, 2021 (Online)
April 19 - July 9, 2021
June 07 - Aug. 27, 2021
Sept. 13 - Dec. 10, 2021

 

We also offer 4 intensive summer EAP courses:

EAP Foundations 1 Summer Special Course (240 hours)

CEFR Level A2+ (What does this mean?)

Length: 8 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $3000
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
July 13 - Sept. 4, 2020 (Online)

July 12 - Sept. 3, 2021

EAP Foundations 2 Summer Special Course (240 hours)

CEFR Level B1+ (What does this mean?)

Length: 8 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $3000
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
July 13 - Sept. 4, 2020 (Online)

July 12 - Sept. 3, 2021

EAP Level 1 Summer Special Course (240 hours)

CEFR Level B2+ (What does this mean?)

Length: 8 weeks
Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $3000
Class Times: 8:30-3:30, Monday to Friday

Dates:
July 13 - Sept. 4, 2020 (Online)

July 12 - Sept. 3, 2021

EAP Level 2 Academic Connections Program  (360 hours)

CEFR Level C1 (What does this mean?)

Tuition Fee (text included, tax exempt): $4500

Format:

  • July 13 – Sept 04, 2020 (Online): EAP 2 30h/week AND
  • Sept 08 – Dec 08, 2020 (Online): EAP 2 9h/week 
    + up to 4 academic credit courses

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Dates:
July 13 - Sept. 4 (Online) & Sept. 8 - Dec. 8, 2020 (Online

July 12 - Sept. 3 & Sept. 7 - Dec. 7, 2021

 

Course details

The EAP courses consist of 30 hours a week of classroom instruction.

Learn how to:

  • Write academic texts, including research essays and reports
  • Carry out research using the Dalhousie library and digital resources 
  • Apply strategies for more effective reading of academic texts
  • Better understand and take notes in university lectures
  • Prepare and deliver effective academic oral presentations 
  • Participate in seminars, tutorials and academic debates 
  • Develop advanced grammar and vocabulary skills, and the ability to edit and proofread your own writing

Level Descriptors

The EAP Program levels are benchmarked to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages. Click below to read about each level, what you will study and what it means to be at each level.

EAP Foundations 1

This is a pre-intermediate course at the A2 level that is an introduction to English for Academic Purposes (EAP). In this course students will develop their ability to understand and express themselves orally in formal and informal situations in the university context and understand short texts of a variety of styles and disciplines. Students will also expand their general and specialized vocabulary and write accurate sentences and paragraphs. Students will develop these language skills and abilities while starting to explore the topics, practices and behaviours associated with academic success at university.

EAP Foundations 2

This is an intermediate-level course at the B1 level with a focus on building a solid foundation in English for academic purposes. In this course students will learn to apply their English skills to academic tasks as they deepen their knowledge of English and develop their ability to use it in a university context. They will be introduced to the research process and learn to write well-structured, accurate essays and other texts. They will form strategies for reading and listening comprehension of short academic texts and lectures and improve their speaking abilities when discussing their area of study and other topics. Students will broaden their knowledge of the topics, practices and behaviours associated with academic success at university.

EAP Level 1

This an upper-intermediate course at the B2 level in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), helping develop students’ listening, speaking, reading, writing, research and academic skills in preparation for study at university. The course is focused around key spoken and written academic genres to allow students to develop a range of listening skills and strategies, participate in various speaking situations in the academic context, develop academic reading skills, and improve writing ability over a range of academic genres. The course also includes instruction on research and library skills along with academic behaviour, such as time-management, study skills for effective independent learning and knowledge of academic integrity.

EAP Level 2

This course is an advanced English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course at the C1 level which prepares students for undergraduate or graduate-level study in English. The course allows students to develop the ability to read effectively and comprehend high-level academic texts, acquire a rich academic vocabulary, and to apply listening and note-taking strategies to lectures on a variety of academic topics. Writing and research skills and honed as students produce texts in several important written academic genres and develop speaking ability for presentations, discussions and debates. Students will have the opportunity to delve into the vocabulary and genres associated with their disciplines of study. Academic integrity, along with other academic behaviours, such as time-management, autonomous learning and collaboration, are also taught and practiced.


Click here to find out about placement in the EAP Program.
 

EAP Level 2 Bridging Program

For students who have been conditionally accepted into certain programs at Dalhousie University, while students are enrolled in EAP Level 2, they are permitted to enroll as a special student at Dalhousie and take one undergraduate credit course at the same time. The credit course must take place outside of EAP 2 class hours. For more information or to enroll in the EAP Level 2 Bridging Program option, please send a message to esl@dal.ca and/or indicate this option when registering for EAP 2.


Course Materials

Course texts are included in the fee. They include course books as well as supplementary texts, and materials, including authentic materials for listening and reading. Audio-visual and multimedia material, such as videos, audio recordings, and web-based content is also used.

Course Fee

Tuition fees listed above are subject to change.