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English for Academic Purposes

This course is available


Level of Study

English Language Course


8-12 weeks

Next start date

Expected Sep 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


New programme name: The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme was formerly called the English Proficiency Programme (EPP). It is delivered by the English Language Institute at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. When you complete the requirements of the EAP programme, you will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in English (CertEnglProf). Improve your English - Proficiency in English is your key to academic success. Let us prepare you. The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme will develop your English language and academic skills for study at university. We offer 12-week courses in every trimester—this includes 10 weeks of teaching, orientation, and testing. In 2021, there are two courses: EAP for undergraduate and postgraduate study: on campus and online; EAP for postgraduate study (advanced): online. EAP for undergraduate and postgraduate study; EAP is offered both face-to-face on our Wellington campus and online. Each EAP course covers different material, so you can attend one or more courses. The length of your studies will depend on your English ability and your university study goals. EAP will help you improve your academic reading, writing, speaking, and listening. You will develop a wide range of critical- and creative-thinking skills and learning strategies. These skills and strategies will prepare you for further study at foundation, undergraduate, or postgraduate level. To study EAP, you need to have a pre-intermediate level of English or higher. You can provide an international English language test result, or we will assess your level before the course begins. EAP students who meet the University’s minimum English-language entry score will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in English (CertEngProf). For postgraduate-level study, a higher level of achievement is required. EAP for postgraduate study (advanced) - The EAP for postgraduate study (advanced) programme is currently offered only online. If you are aiming for postgraduate study and your English level is high enough, you’ll be invited to join this class. Entry - To enter the EAP programme for undergraduate and postgraduate study, you will need a pre-intermediate level of English or above, equivalent to at least IELTS 4.5 or TOEFL 32 or higher. To enter EAP for postgraduate study (advanced), you require the equivalent of Band 6.0 on IELTS, with a maximum of one skill below 6 and no skill below 5.5. Duration - 1 trimester; Location - Wellington campus. This programme can be started online if you are outside of New Zealand; Schedule - Daytime classes. Workload and duration - The EAP is a full-time, 12-week course including 10 weeks of teaching, orientation, and testing. You can expect a workload of 40–50 hours per week. This includes scheduled classes from Monday to Friday and independent study.

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