Welcome English for Academic purposes


Equipping life-long learners with the necessary tools to advance professionally, personally and academically involves communication and multiple opportunities to autonomously experience success. In particular, I am interested in furthering the intellectual capacity of all learners by encouraging critical thinking, self-awareness, and autonomy infused with the cultural nuances of the region. I approach every situation with a combination of open mindedness and careful analysis of learner autonomy.


Studying English for academic purposes is different from studying other subjects areas. Learning English or any other language is geared towards acquiring skills, whereas, a content area subject relies on facts, laws, formulas and information that must be understood. In both learning a language or studying a subject there is information that must be studied, recalled and produced. Oftentimes a student studying English needs to recall information from various content areas as the information is built upon, like a house.

A strong foundation makes all the difference.

Studying English requires you to understand and remember definitions, rules, concepts and facts. Your professors help you by explaining these and your job is to remember and retell the information in an assignment or project and on examinations.

This type of assessment shows your ability to recall information.

English for Academic Purposes is different....

because hopefully a students has already learnt the basics of English-remember that strong foundation, EAP classes are designed to help students practice and demonstrate what they have learnt and refine it. In order to do this well, students need an experienced teacher. However, your teacher is more like a trainer or coach, identifying where or how students can do things better and coach you using advanced techniques to be a better communicator with English. Classes are like training and assessments or exams are like 'The Show' aka The Big Game. The coach gives you exercises to do, points out errors and shows you better ways to do things like reading, writing or speaking.

Guiding and modeling.

Similar to an athlete a student must practice if he/she is going to improve. A lack of practice is a problem when taking English classes. Students show up to classes and expect teachers to fill them with knowledge.

This will only improve the teacher's language skills. It is not helping students improve their English or pass the class. Students need to come to class and TRY. By working together over the duration of the semester students build community, speaking and listening skills.

To cross the finish line and be successful a student should practice in every class and slowly get better and better. Complete exercises your professor gives you for homework. But most importantly never miss an opportunity to use and practice your English skills.

What do you have to do?

  • Come to classes and participate. Do the reading even if you think it is difficult. Listen and continue to build your vocabulary.
  • Keep up with Blackboard.
  • Practice English for at least 30-60 minutes everyday. Do homework, read and maybe do some online vocabulary or grammar exercises.
  • Seek out a conversation partner to help build your speaking confidence.

Marsha Appling-Nunez (m.applingnunez@qu.edu.qa). Earned a MAEd in Curriculum and Instruction-TESOL from Cleveland State University, has taught English, in university and high school settings, in the U.S. and Middle East.


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