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Course Objectives

The goal of the EAP program is to prepare students to read, write, speak and listen to English well enough to succeed in university. During the program, students practice academic and language activities that they will encounter during their university studies. Activities include viewing and discussing videotaped lectures, listening and note-taking, practicing academic reading and writing and completing various university examinations. Students will also build critical thinking and research skills and participate in a number of discussions and seminars.
Students in the EAP Program have the opportunity to experience university life through peer-to-peer visits. Organized by ICEAP and the CBU Students' Union, the visits give ICEAP students a chance to meet current CBU students making the transition to CBU an easy one. ICEAP students are also encouraged to participate in the many social and cultural activities offered by CBU.


The EAP program has Seven with each being eight weeks in length, ranging from Beginner to Bridge Course Levels. On the first day of the semester, you will be tested and placed into the level best suited to your needs and interests.
  • Beginner Level(Foundations of English, Transitioning to EAP, Fundamentals of EAP):
    Are courses that emphasize the development of basic language skills and provide a cultural orientation. Basic vocabulary, conversation, reading, grammar, listening, and pronunciation skills are practiced in interesting topic areas to provide a solid foundation in language ability.
  • Intermediate Level(Intermediate EAP, Uppermost EAP, CBU Readiness):
    Are pre-academic courses that emphasize the academic use of language in a college-level atmosphere. They also help develop the skills necessary to be successful in university classes with students whose first language is English. Academic vocabulary development is an important part of these classes. At Intermediate Level 6, students are introduced to content-based courses. In these classes students develop their English skills while studying subjects that are culturally and linguistically rich. Classes in writing, speech and debate provide exciting opportunities for expression.
  • Bridge Course Level:
    Prepare students for work in Cape Breton University’s classrooms. Required courses in college preparation, academic writing and oral proficiency are combined with electives in advanced grammar, business, English, and intercultural communication.
  • For MBA Potential Students:
    The CBU Entrance Exam Preparation and extra Business Background Courses will prepare students through language and business background enhancement.
    Choosing the EAP Program, will give students a chance to improve their English skills while participating in a variety of exciting cultural and recreational activites held each year at CBU. Cape Breton University is just a ten-minute drive from Sydney's downtown shopping, dining and entertainment district. At the beginning of the EAP Program, students will be given a full orientation of Cape Breton University and Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  • Pre-MEd.: Education Background & Teaching/Learning in the 21st Century:
    The Pre - Master's of Education Pathway Course prepares students with the language and academic skills necessary to succeed in a Master's of Education degree with a focus on leadership and learning in the 21st century. It is a 4-month intensive program focused on modules such as Research Skills, Critical Thinking, Media Literacy, and Socio-Cultural Competence. Course work includes weekly student-led seminars and teach backs, daily listening and reading journals, several research papers, and analyses of various academic articles. In addition to these academic tasks, students also have ample opportunities to improve their abilities in the essentials of language: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Classes are delivered in varying formats, including seminar, lecture, and open discussion. Students' daily classroom participation is an integral part of their success in the course. Other class activities may include group discussions, case studies, writing assignments, peer feedback, reflections, presentations, volunteer tutoring and other activities deemed appropriate for this course. Students who successfully complete this course are adequately prepared in the academic and language skills required to perform well in a Canadian graduate program in Education.
  • Pre-Master of Science in Computer Science Pathway Course:
    The Pre-Master of Science in Computer Science course is a 16-week journey through various topics in Computer Science focused on preparing students with the language and academic skills necessary to succeed in a Master's of Computer Science degree program. Topics include algorithms, hardware, programming languages, and data structures. In addition, the vocabulary used in algebra and different maths will be studied. There will be many opportunities for students to speak with the teacher and fellow classmates about different cultural experiences that take place within universities and outside as well. By the end of the course, students will be able to confidently lead seminars, write research reports, and give presentations individually or in a group. Students will leave the course well-prepared to handle the rigors of university life while finding time to enjoy their surroundings wherever they go within Canada.

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