EAP (English for Academic Purposes) - MC Academy

The course

Prepare for university studies. Improve your academic writing, academic reading, critical thinking skills, and awareness of academic vocabulary. Our EAP course is a skills class and can be studied alongside a General English or IELTS Exam Preparation course.

The EAP course at MC Academy is designed for students who wish to pursue an academic career by studying at a UK university. Our EAP course provides students with the academic skills and knowledge to progress to higher education in the UK.

“We chose to do the course because we knew it could offer us opportunities to prepare for university skills.

Not only was the course considered to be challenging and a little frustrating at times, but it was also found to provide new information about academic culture, develop complex grammar and improve vocabulary.”

Yara, Sara & Sami – EAP Course Students

Aims of the course

To improve students’:

– Academic writing for studying in the UK universities. 

– Academic reading related to academic texts. 

– Critical thinking skills, especially related to an academic context.

– Awareness of academic vocabulary and register.

– To Improve students’ ability to deal with the linguistics challenges of academic research. 


– Classes will be based upon analysis, with individual needs catered for as much as possible.

– Group work will focus on working on general materials in class, but with individuals reading, writing material that is relevant to their particular subject ambitions. 

– Students will practice tasks relevant to their future study and will receive feedback on this. 

Entry Into the course

– It is recommended that students on the pre-sessional programme undertake academic

– English classes when they are the equivalent of one

– IELTS band away from their required score.

– These will be extra classes in addition to their normal General English/ Academic Skills classes.


The course content will be adapted to the needs of particular learners. In group situations, a variety of topics will be covered.

All courses will focus on the following:

– Needs Analysis

– Understanding task questions and selecting ideas

– Types of academic assignment

– Academic writing genres

– Critical thinking

– Academic vocabulary (sub-technical)

– Editing/redrafting

– Reading academic texts

– Note taking

– Research and referencing

– Academic presentations

– University life/culture

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