English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Credit Courses

We can help you:

  • Get focused instruction.
  • Improve your academic skills with our grammar, reading, writing and speaking/listening courses.
  • Earn credits toward graduation.
  • Invest in your future.

First-year composition courses

ESL 115 - Basic Writing in English as a Second Language (6 units; U)
Introduction to academic writing practices. Intensive grammar review and vocabulary expansion with individualized instruction. Extensive reading and writing. For non-native speakers of English. No cr for students with cr in ESL 116. Prereq: score at level 1 on ESL-PIC test.
ESL 116 - Introduction to College Writing in English as a Second Language (6 units; U)
Rigorous introduction to academic writing practices, including reading-based writing. Thorough review of grammar, with individualized instruction. Extensive reading and writing. Prereq: score at level 2 on ESL-PIC test; or grade C or better in ESL 115(P).
ESL 117 - College Writing in English as a Second Language (6 units; U)
Guidance in analytical reading and academic writing plus intensive language work, with individualized instruction. Extensive reading and writing. Prereq: score at level 3 on ESL-PIC test; or grade C or better in ESL 116(P).
ESL 118 - Advanced College Writing in English as a Second Language/English 101 (3 units; U)
Prepares and qualifies ESL writers for English 102. Writing analytical essays based on academic reading. Counts as repeat of English 101. Prereq: score at level 4 on ESL-PIC test; or grade C or better in ESL 117(P); or grade B or better in ESL 116(P) & cons instr.

Courses for graduates and undergraduates

ESL 105 - Skills for Academic Reading Success (3 units; U)
Introduces ESL students to academic reading strategies and builds basic reading competence in English. Uses high-interest materials to invite engaging class discussions. Open only to students who are non-native speakers of English. Prereq: ESL-PIC score of 0.
ESL 120 - Grammar and Editing in English as a Second Language (3 units; U)
Students engage in grammar instruction and writing. Individual feedback given in conferences with instructor. Open only to undergraduates who are non-native speakers of English. Prereq: none.
ESL 135 - Basic Skills in Academic Listening & Speaking (3 units; U)
Academic presentation and lecture note-taking skill development for English learners with no previous formal instruction in these areas. Open only to undergraduate students who are non-native speakers of English. Prereq: none.
ESL 145 - Practice in Academic Listening and Speaking (3 units; U)
Academic presentation and lecture note-taking skill development for English learners with previous formal instruction in these areas. Open only to undergraduate students who are non-native speakers of English. Prereq: none.
ESL 420 - Advanced Reading, Writing, and Grammar Tune-up for Internationals (4 units; U)
Refinement of advanced undergraduate and graduate students' language control; extensive reading, writing, and contextualized grammar; focus on American academic expectations. Intensive individual conferences. May enroll in one fall and one spring term to a combined total of 8 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
ESL 435 - Advanced Listening, Speaking, and Notetaking Skills for Internationals (4 units; U)
Refinement of advanced undergraduate and graduate students' listening and speaking skills and pronunciation. Focus on American academic expectations. Intensive individual conferences target unique needs. May enroll in one fall and one spring term to a combined total of 8 cr max. Prereq: jr st.

Even though I have been taking English classes my entire life, nothing compares to the experience of having native speakers as teachers. My classes helped me to develop, specifically, listening skills. Before IEP classes, I struggled to understand what was said to me. Because of my classes, I got used to the way Americans speak English, and that, indeed, was very important for me. I’m now taking Engineering classes at UWM and it’s really gratifying realizing that now English sounds natural for me.”

Juliana Ferreira Mocock, Brazil