English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Courses for Undergraduates

All UWM undergraduate students must meet the English general education requirement (GER) for the Bachelor’s degree. Choose English Language Academy English for Academic Purposes courses for credit to complete this requirement.

Students enrolled in an EAP courses will be able to:

  • Learn academic writing and reading skills needed for academic and professional success.
  • Overcome English language challenges of non-native speakers.
  • Have in-class and individual instruction (one-on-one or small group) by an experienced ELA writing teacher.

To register for EAP courses, please consult our webpage here.

Please see below detailed descriptions of each EAP course.


EAP 100: Introduction to College Writing for Multilingual Students, 4 credits 

Prereq:  Open only to students who are non-native speakers of English; Level 2 earned via TOEFL, IELTS or other tests approved by EAP; level 1 earned via ACT, SAT or Guided English Placement (GEP); or grade of C or better in EAP 110(P).  Counts as a repeat of 4 credits of combined ESL 116 & ESL 117.

Students in EAP 100 will strengthen their academic writing and reading skills in English. While furthering their mastery of English grammar and vocabulary, EAP 100 students will expand their abilities to produce polished academic essays, write based on reading, and think critically. The goal of EAP 100 is to prepare students for EAP 101, for writing in other university courses, and for writing in the world outside the university.  This course includes individual one-on-one conferences with instructor to focus on specific challenges each student writer faces in English writing.

EAP 101: College Writing for Multilingual Students/English 101, 3 credits 

Prereq: Open only to students who are non-native speakers of English; Level 3 earned via TOEFL, IELTS or other tests approved by EAP; level 2 earned via ACT, SAT or Guided English Placement (GEP); or grade of C or better in EAP 100 (P) or ENGLISH 100 (P). Counts as a repeat of ESL 118.

EAP 101 has the same goals as ENG 101 as it Prepares and qualifies multilingual writers for ENGLISH 102 through critical reading, writing, and revision, with an emphasis on rhetorical analysis, synthesis, and academic writing conventions. Reflective inquiry used to produce a portfolio of revised writing.

ENG 102 (EAP Sections): College Writing and Research, 3 credits 

Prereq: Open only to students who are non-native speakers of English; Level 3 earned via ACT, SAT; Guided English Placement (GEP); English Placement Test (scores from 2019 or earlier), or a grade of C or better in English 100, English 101EAP 101, or EAP 118.  Registration only through EAP Coordinator, Brooke Haley, haleyb@uwm.edu, Curtin Hall 678.

This course provides Extensive engagement with foundational concepts in information literacy, critical thinking, and writing with genre awareness to approach research as a rhetorical endeavor.

EAP 110: College Reading and Writing Skills for Multilingual Students, 4 credits)

Prereq: Level 1 earned via TOEFL, IELTS or other tests approved by EAP or self-placement.

This course introduces non-native speakers of English to academic reading strategies and helps develop reading comprehension and critical reading skills along with basic compositional skills. This course is designed for students not ready for the higher-level EAP reading/writing classes. EAP 110 builds reading skills and optimizes future reading success.

EAP 120: Grammar and Editing in English for Multilingual Students, 3 credits (No placement test needed.)

Prereq: Open only to undergraduates who are non-native speakers of English. This course provides grammar and editing instruction for intermediate students whose home language is something other than English.

EAP 135: Basic Skill in Academic Listening & Speaking, 3 credits (No placement test needed.)

Prereq: Open to all undergraduate non-native speakers of English. This course is for English language learners who have had limited formal instruction or experience listening to academic lectures or taking notes. This course teaches students skills to give academic presentations, participate effectively in class discussions, take notes on lectures, think critically, and study for and take tests.

EAP 145: Practice in Academic Listening & Speaking, 3 credits 

Prereq: Open only to undergraduate students who are non-native speakers of English.  A grade of C or better in EAP 135(P) or consent of department.

This course is for English language learners who have had previous formal instruction and experience listening to academic lectures, taking notes, and giving formal talks and presentations. This course reviews and expands on these skills and provides many opportunities to practice and polish. ​


EAP 420: Advanced Reading, Writing, and Grammar Tune-up for Internationals, 4 credits

Refines advanced students’ overall confidence and skills in reading, writing and grammar through the following coursework:

  • Reading non-fiction articles extensively.
  • Composing reading-based, short writing assignments.
  • Writing for discussion forums.
  • Becoming familiar with the expectations of the American academic audience.
  • Building a deeper awareness of socio-cultural aspects of the US.
  • Discussing non-fiction articles with confidence.
  • Refining grammar primarily through individualized instruction.
  • Five individual conferences with teacher.

Some seats for auditing available

EAP 435:Advanced Listening, Speaking, and Note-taking Skills for Internationals, 4 credits

Refines advanced students’ overall confidence and skills in listening, speaking, and notetaking though the following coursework:

  • Engaging in extensive listening, speaking, and pronunciation.
  • Preparing and presenting topics covered in class and a final portfolio.
  • Becoming familiar with the expectations of the American academic audience.
  • Building a deeper awareness of socio-cultural aspects of the US.
  • Five individual conferences with teacher.

—Some seats for auditing available.

For more information about EAP undergraduate courses, please contact the Assistant Academic Director – EAP Brooke Haley at haleyb@uwm.edu.