English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Course

The graduate school offers a free course to all international students and visiting scholars.

The Baylor Graduate School offers the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Course to international graduate students and scholars, with the focus on improving their English oral proficiency and communication skills to achieve academic success in the context of U. S. culture. Ms. Qingqing Chen, who is a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, is currently teaching the EAP course. Since she started working as the EAP program director in Fall 2016, sixty-five international graduate students and visiting scholars from eleven countries and regions, including China, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Tadzhikistan, Iran, Nigeria, Czech Republic and Portugal, were enrolled or are attending the course.

This course focuses on many of the language and communication skills necessary to achieving academic success in graduate school and beyond. Constructive feedback of students' videotapes and audio recordings is an essential component of the course. Students will have the opportunity to not only work weekly with the course instructor, but also work independently with an assistant course instructor outside of class.

The goals of the course are:

  • To encourage students to improve their pronunciation of American English so that they can be understood effortlessly in both formal and informal situations

  • To enable students to improve their listening comprehension and fluency in interactions which are typical of academic settings

  • To give students opportunities to practice making presentations

  • To encourage students to learn strategies for improving their communication skills throughout their careers

  • To develop students' confidence in their interactions with advisors, fellow students and other professionals in their field

Chian Chuan, a Malaysian doctoral student from the Mathematics Department, commented on the EAP course:

“I have gained a lot of valuable experience while attending the EAP course. Apart from improving my spoken English, I also manage to learn to provide a good presentation to my audience in the future. I really hope that all graduate students take advantage of this course to further improve their mastering of the English language.”

Chao Zhang, a doctoral student from China, who received outstanding scores for his teaching performance in the Physics Department in Fall 2016, said:

“I took the EAP course in 2016. Since that was the first year for me to be in Baylor, the course provided me with a good chance to improve my English skills, especially my speaking abilities. Besides, it also brought me an opportunity to meet with other international students and to share with opinions on the campus life in the U. S.”

The EAP course will have one section taught each Fall and Spring semester with times and locations to be determined.

Meet the Course Director, Qingqing Chen

All international graduate students who will be teaching undergraduates should contact the Course Director, Qingqing Chen, regarding their placement in this course.

Students and advisors who are interested in learning more about this course should contact the Course Director, Qingqing Chen.

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