English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Courses

EAP ACADEMIC WRITING COURSES

All UWM undergraduate students must meet the English general education requirement (GER) for the Bachelor’s degree. Choose ESL writing courses for credit to complete this requirement. These courses have the curricular code EAP which stands for English for Academic Purposes.

WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT THE ESL WRITING COURSES?

In an EAP Academic Writing Course, you can:

  • Learn academic writing and reading skills need 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 ESL writing teacher.

MAY A GRADUATE STUDENT TAKE AN ESL WRITING COURSE?

Yes. Graduate students are welcome to take EAP writing courses. EAP 420 Advanced Reading, Writing and Grammar Tune-up for Internationals is recommended. There is no placement test for EAP 420.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR AN ESL WRITING COURSE?

  • Apply for and be admitted to UWM as an undergraduate.
  • Take the EPT-NNSE test.
  • The EAP Writing Coordinator will send you an email with your result and the in- formation to register for the course.

WHAT IS THE EPT-NNSE TEST?

The English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English (EPT-NNSE) test is the placement test for the ESL academic writing courses. It has two parts and takes 75 minutes:

Part One: Write an essay. You will be given a specific topic, such as “Do you think it is better to eat at home or at a restaurant?” (50 minutes)

Part Two: Complete a reading comprehension test. Read several short passages and answer yes or no questions. (25 minutes)

Based on your score, you will be placed in the appropriate EAP writing course. There is no fee for the test. You may take the test more than once.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO TAKE THE EPT-NNSE TEST?

Go online to schedule the day and time to take the EPT-NNSE test at the Testing Center in Mellencamp Hall B28, +1 (414) 229-4689. www.testingcenter.uwm.edu

Note: The EPT-NNSE test is not the same as the English Placement Test (EPT), which is the placement test for writing courses designed for native speakers of English. If you have already taken the EPT, you can also take the EPT-NNSE test.

ESL ACADEMIC WRITING & LANGUAGE COURSES

EAP 110: College Reading and Writing Skills for Multilingual Students, 4 credits (EPT-NNSE Test Level 1)

EAP 100: Introduction to College Writing for Multilingual Students, 4 credits (EPT-NNSE Test Level 2 or grade of C or better in EAP 110)

EAP 101: College Writing for Multilingual Students/English 101, 3 credits (EPT-NNSE Test Level 3 or grade of C or better in EAP 100)

EAP 120: Grammar and Editing in English for Multilingual Students, 3 credits (No EPT-NNSE score needed.)

EAP 135: Basic Skill in Academic Listening & Speaking, 3 credits (No EPT-NNSE score needed.)

EAP 145: Practice in Academic Listening & Speaking, 3 credits (No EPT-NNSE score needed.)

EAP section of English 102: College Writing and Research, 3 credits (EPT-NNSE level 4 or grade of C or better in EAP 101 or English 101)

MORE QUESTIONS?

For information about EAP writing courses or to register, please contact the ELA Office.