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.
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.