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Should EAP courses count for degree credits?

TESOL thinks so. In a recent position paper, the American-based ESL teachers’ organization declared that preparatory ESL courses in colleges and universities “offer a rigorous, standards-based academic program that requires students to perform at a level similar to and on par with the subject matter in other degree-bearing courses, such as courses in English composition or in foreign language,” and should therefore earn students credits toward their degrees. Read the position paper here.

Comments (2)

  • Reply ClaudieG - July 6, 2012

    Makes sense to me.

    In addition this by extension would also recognise the professional work the EAP instructors/teachers do….

  • Reply Ellen - July 8, 2012

    Yes, and possibly motivate students to take the courses more seriously (especially if it counts for their GPA.

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