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EAP Program of Written and Spoken English

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Clarkson University's EAP courses in written English are designed for non-native speakers of English at a low-advanced to advanced level of proficiency in written English. These courses are generally taken as part of a full schedule of academic classes, and are offered for both undergraduate and graduate students. For undergraduate students, there are two courses that help prepare them for the written work they will do in their general education and elective courses, as well as in their major courses. Undergraduate students can count EAP courses toward their graduation requirements; please consult with the major departments for details. For graduate students, there are two courses that help prepare them for writing their theses, as well as research papers and reports.

The EAP Program also includes an oral communication skills course designed for international teaching assistants (TAs) and other international graduate students and visiting scholars. This course helps prepare students to interact with undergraduate students and faculty.

Both undergraduate and graduate students take a writing proficiency exam upon arrival at Clarkson, and students are placed in the EAP Program based on the results of this exam. The possible results are:

  • A requirement to take two courses in written English - EAP250 and EAP354 for undergraduates and EAP550 and EAP554 for graduate students,
  • A requirement to take only the more advanced course in written English - EAP354 for undergraduates and EAP554 for graduates students, or
  • An exemption from taking EAP courses in written English.

Graduate students who will be TAs also take an oral exam so that their spoken communications skills may be evaluated.  Based on the results, some graduate students will be required to take the course in spoken English for academic purposes - EAP555.