At Columbia College, we offer a comprehensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program which includes English 097, English 098, and English 099; English 097, English 098, and English 099 serve College level students who do not test to post-secondary English standard. All EAP courses are non-credit. High School students who do not meet High School grade-level standards are placed in English 097 before proceeding to the appropriate High School English level. Columbia College no longer offers English courses below English 097. Students testing below English 097 are referred to partner language schools prior to enrolling in English 097.
The EAP program is specifically designed to support academic delivery. Therefore the term EAP is the acronym now used for the programs that serve English Language (ELL) Learners at Columbia College. In English 097, the ELL High School Standards are embedded into the course design.
Instructors teaching EAP courses are skilled in making adaptations to the curriculum in order to make the subject matter comprehensible for ELL learners and to assist them in acquiring academic English appropriate to various content areas. Additional support may be deemed necessary and is provided through tutoring by trained tutors in the College Learning Centre.