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EAP Curriculum

  • International students must take the EAP placement test before registering for EAP classes. This test is given once each quarter, during the week before the quarter begins.
  • Resident students must take the CASAS ESL test in the Assessment Center and either place at 225 or higher on both parts of the test or complete Adult Basic Education ESL Level 5 before taking the EAP placement test.

  • For information about the CASAS ESL test or the ABE ESL program, call 566-5144
  • For information about the EAP program, call 566-5295.
  • For information about international student visas, call 566-5190.

The following course descriptions are meant to give a general idea of TCC's EAP curriculum. Courses may change. Please see the TCC Class Schedule for the most current information.

English for Academic Purposes

EAP 089    Pronunciation and Conversation I  (3)
A beginning-level course in conversation and pronunciation for non-native speakers of English. Students are introduced to the pronunciation of specific English sounds and basic intonation patterns, contextualized and practiced in conversation. Prerequisite: EAP placement exam.

EAP 090    Pronunciation and Conversation II  (2)
A course in pronunciation and conversation for non-native speakers of English at the advanced-beginning or low-intermediate level. While developing conversational fluency, students improve their pronunciation of both the specific sounds and the intonation patterns of English. Some practice in note-taking is also included. Prerequisite: EAP-089 with a grade of "C" or higher, or EAP placement exam.

EAP 091    Grammar and Speaking I  (5)
The first in a series of five grammar and speaking courses for non-native speakers of English at the beginner level. The course is designed to introduce students to basic English grammar and speaking skills. Prerequisite: EAP placement exam.

EAP 092    Grammar and Speaking II  (5)
The second in a series of five grammar and speaking courses for non-native speakers of English at the advanced-beginner level. This course is designed to give students a strong grammatical foundation in English and to improve their speaking and listening skills. At least one oral report is required. Prerequisite: EAP-091 with a grade of "C" or higher, or EAP placement exam.

EAP 093    Grammar and Speaking III  (5)
The third in a series of five grammar and speaking classes for non-native speakers of English at the low-intermediate level. The focus is on grammar in writing and speaking with work on the comprehension of spoken English. Prerequisite: Eap-092 with a grade of "C" or higher, or EAP placement exam.

EAP 094    Grammar and Speaking IV  (5)
The fourth in a series of five grammar and speaking classes for non-native speakers of English at the high intermediate level. The class focuses on grammar plus classroom discussion and oral reports. Prerequisite: EAP-093 with a grade of "C" or higher, or EAP placement exam.

EAP 095    Reading and Writing I  (10)
The first in a series of five reading and writing courses for non-native speakers of English. Students learn the basics of the writing process as they progress from writing simple sentences to short narrative paragraphs. Reading assignments provide support for the writing projects while developing students' reading comprehension and vocabulary. Prerequisite: EAP placement exam.

EAP 096    Reading and Writing II  (10)
The second in a series of five reading and writing courses for non-native speakers of English. Students are introduced to the writing process as they progress from sentences to one-paragraph compositions. Reading assignments provide support for the writing projects while improving students' reading comprehension, speed, and vocabulary. Prerequisite: EAP-095 with a grade of "C" or higher, or EAP placement exam.

EAP 097    Reading and Writing III  (10)
The third in a series of five reading and writing courses for non-native speakers of English. Students practice the writing process of short narrative, descriptive, and summary compositions. Grammar and mechanics are practiced in the context of writing assignments. Reading lessons support writing activities and build reading comprehension, retention, and vocabulary. Prerequisite: EAP-096 with a grade of "C" or higher, or EAP placement exam.

EAP 098    Reading and Writing IV  (8)
The fourth in a series of five reading and writing courses for non-native speakers of English. Students progress from one-paragraph to multiple-paragraph compositions, focusing on the writing process for persuasive, descriptive, narrative, and expository essays. Readings provide background for compositions while building students' vocabulary, comprehension, speed, and retention. Prerequisite: EAP-097 with a grade of "C" or higher, or EAP placement exam.

EAP 155    Grammar and Speaking V  (5)
The last in a series of five grammar and speaking courses for non-native speakers of English at the advanced level. The course focuses on areas of English grammar that present difficulties to advanced students of the language; aural comprehension, speaking skills, and vocabulary development are also included. Prerequisite: EAP-094 with a grade of "C" or higher, or EAP placement exam.

EAP 159    Reading and Writing V  (7)
The last in a series of five reading and writing courses for non-native English speakers, designed to prepare advanced students for composition classes with native speakers. Focuses on multiple-paragraph expository essays, stressing revising and polishing skills. Readings provide background for the writing component, with emphasis on comprehension, speed, retention, and vocabulary.Prerequisite: EAP-098 with a grade of "C" or higher, or EAP placement exam.

EAP 190    American Culture and Conversation  (3)
A course in conversational English focused on contemporary American culture for non-native speakers of English at the high-intermediate or advanced level. Students explore current issues in American life through interview projects, readings, videos, and conversation. This course may be taken twice for credit.Prerequisite: EAP- 090 with a minimum grade of C or EAP 093 with a minimum grade of C or EAP placement exam.

EAP 191    Pronunciation and Conversation III  (2)
Instruction and practice in recognition and production of individual phonemes of American English and of word accent and intonation patterns at the high intermediate-advanced level. Students participate in a variety of speech activities: speech giving, poetry reading, role playing, debating, and pronunciation practice. Prerequisite: EAP 090 with a minimum grade of C or EAP 093 with a minimum grade of C or EAP placement exam.

EAP 192    The American Accent  (3)
A course in reducing accent-related errors in spoken American English. Students target the individual challenges they face in making their speech comprehensible to native listeners. Through voice recordings of readings and conversations, instructor modeling, and pronunciation practice, students learn to modify their accent to conform to standard American English speech patterns. Prerequisite: EAP-094 with a grade of "C" or higher, or EAP placement exam at EAP-155 level or higher.

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