The EAP (English for Academic Purposes) program is designed to aid students’ acquisition of American academic and professional English at Eastman. Each EAP course focuses on the study of authentic reading and lecture materials from both academic and professional contexts that aid students in their integration of the core language skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Subjects that are related to music are given special attention. The goal of EAP courses at Eastman is to help students be full and confident participants in the Eastman community.
The first-year course sequence introduces students to a range of academic disciplines related to music and their studies at Eastman. The sequence begins with the receptive skills of reading, listening and vocabulary-building, and during the year focuses increasingly on productive skills of speaking and writing. All courses place emphasis on sustained speech in English through critiqued oral presentations. In written work, students focus on developing an authentic voice, composing a thesis and incorporating evidence with the use of proper citation.
Eastman also offers advanced-level EAP courses, entitled “The Versatile Musician: Professional Writing and Public Speaking.” These courses are cross-listed in the Humanities department and available as electives to advanced undergraduate and graduate students.