English for Academic Purposes


Polk State College offers classes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to help non-native speakers master the English language and continue their education. Polk’s EAP courses provide intensive practice in reading, grammar, writing, and communications. EAP is not the same as English as a Second Language (ESL).  Because the purpose of the EAP Program is to develop specific academic language skills, the courses are suitable for students with at least basic level of English.

The instruction is based on modern teaching strategies and training multimedia tools. Under the guidance of experienced and devoted instructors, students improve their level of English working in class, college labs, and online. Successful completion of EAP Program makes your English language skills sufficient for taking college credit courses. More information about EAP/ESL courses can be located in the Basic Course Information Catalog.

You can enroll in EAP courses on both Lakeland and Winter Haven campuses. Classes are small and offered days and evenings in all semesters. It is easy to register if you follow these steps:

  • Speak with an academic advisor in Admission Office
  • Complete the Level of English Proficiency Test (LOEP) in Teaching Learning Computer Center (TLCC) for placement into EAP courses of different levels
  • Follow the academic advisor’s instructions for registration

You can see when the classes start in Academic Calendar. You can also learn what courses are available in Winter Haven and Lakeland by going to Course Schedules and choosing the term in the drop-down menu and typing in the keyword ESL.

For more information, contact Professor Ivanova (livanova@polk.edu).