EAP Celebrates Two Years of Accomplishments

Over the past two years the CSLC’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program has worked to help international students achieve their academic goals. Since the very first EAP workshop in Fall 2010 we have presented nearly 50 additional sessions with topics ranging from “Editing & Revising Academic Writing” to “Interviewing and Networking Strategies for International Students.” In that time we have also offered four courses for graduate students and hosted countless one-on-one tutoring and consultation sessions.

One question we often hear is: “What advice do you have for international students studying in an English-speaking environment for the first time?” Second language acquisition is dependent on a variety of factors; students progress at different rates depending on individual characteristics. Those students who make the most progress apply the strategies they learned in their many years of English classes (and from EAP events) to every context. No matter what you are doing, whether you are in a class, studying, or talking with your colleagues, you can work on specific aspects of your academic English.

It is the goal of the EAP to have all students improve their oral and written communication proficiency by supporting them wherever possible. The courses and workshops are designed to help international students have successful academic experiences at Notre Dame. In addition, we work to promote international students’ professional development so they can excel in careers, fully prepared and with confidence.

If you or anyone you know as questions regarding EAP support, please contact me directly, markel.6@nd.edu or 631-4227.

Thank you for helping to promote EAP resources to international students and others.

Stew Markel

Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC)
Assistant Director for Assessment & Testing
Coordinator, English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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