This paper explores the quality and effectiveness of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses offered to the first year monolingual students at a private university in Bangladesh. The aim of the study was to obtain feedback from first year (freshman) undergraduate students regarding the EAP courses delivered in the university and utilise the data collected to improve and hopefully meet the specific needs of students related to their success in their academic endeavours and acquisition of academic tools. To identify areas for improvement, a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods of data gathering were used. From a humanistic approach, the literature of EAP and programme evaluation are reviewed to discuss the findings of the data analysis considering students’ perspectives and suggestions. It is found from the study that the current EAP courses have major drawbacks in meeting learners’ expectations and replicating the acquired language skills for both academic and professional purposes. It is recommended that the EAP courses could be further improved by incorporating materials relevant to the core subject and by putting more emphasis on writing and speaking skills, the two productive skills that are considered most important and difficult by the students concerned.
Nasrin Pervin, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
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