EAP Toolkit
The EAP Toolkit

The EAP Toolkit (for licence by institutions*)

The EAP (English for Academic Purposes) Toolkit is a comprehensive set of interactive learning resources for developing the language and study skills of international students and students whose first language is not English, for higher or further education. It comprises over 100 items (80+ hours of study) and can be used by students for independent study or by teachers in the classroom. It is available for licence by institutions and can be delivered over the web to students at a particular institution or through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) such as Blackboard or Moodle. It has been licensed since 2004 and underwent a third refreshment in 2014.

*If you are a student and want to licence the resources from the EAP Toolkit, please see our Pay, Access and Learn site.

The EAP Toolkit consists of seven folders. Click on the folder title to see the full list of contents.

  • Identifying the academic skills you need
    Managing your study time
    Setting your own goals and targets
    The best conditions for learning
    Planning how to meet your workload
    Prioritising study tasks
    Recognising your own approach to study
    Active and reflective learning skills
    Using tutor feedback to improve
    Learning logs and reflective journals
    Working with other people
    Dictionary use and your learning
    Evaluating different types of dictionary
    Understanding stress
    Managing stress

  • Understanding essay titles
    Improving your paragraphs with topic sentences
    Structuring your writing
    Using examples to support written statements
    Expressing fact and opinion in writing
    Introduction to describing graphs and tables
    Describing trends and change in graphs
    Interpreting trends in graphs
    Comparing data in graphs
    Finding out about plagiarism
    Identifying plagiarism and avoiding poor practice
    Introduction to quoting and paraphrasing
    Using quotations
    Using paraphrase in writing
    Understanding reference lists and bibliographies
    Describing types of source in reference lists
    Compiling a reference list
    The role of the introduction in academic writing
    Creating cohesion in your writing
    Typical language that academic writers use
    Introduction to revising your written work
    Improving paragraph structure
    Practise revising written work
    Introduction to writing conclusions
    Writing an effective conclusion
    Proofreading a text
    Presenting your written work

  • Introduction to reading skills
    Prediction strategies for reading
    Introduction to speed reading
    Introduction to scanning
    Scanning for specific information
    Reading to identify main points
    Skim-reading practice
    Reading and critical thinking
    Identifying text types
    Good practice in note-taking to avoid plagiarism
    Recognising fact, opinion and evidence in text

  • How to take good notes while listening
    Prediction skills for listening
    Using clues to understand lectures
    Listening closely to presentations
    Listening for signposting language
    Focusing on the language in a lecture
    Listening for and understanding new vocabulary
    Listening for theme words and examples
    Practising listening skills for lectures
    Listening for key points in a science lecture
    Recording data
    Listening to a complex description
    Listening to understand more difficult language

  • Contrasting spoken and written language
    Communicating in seminars
    Listening and speaking in seminars
    How to deliver an oral presentation
    Useful language for oral presentations
    Speaking without hesitating
    Sound linking in speech
    Word and sentence stress
    Unstressed aspects of pronunciation
    Checking and clarifying when speaking
    Contractions in speech
    Recognising academic register
    Communicating online
    Communicating politely across cultures
    The effect of culture in communication
    Cultural stereotypes and generalisations in communication

  • Language and grammar for cause and effect
    Understanding choice of tense
    Reviewing verb groups
    Structures for expressing purpose
    Impersonal style and the passive form
    When to use an article with a noun phrase
    Assessing yourself on articles
    Modal verbs and their meanings
    Modal verbs in writing
    Using noun phrases instead of clauses
    Forming complex noun phrases
    Reviewing dependent prepositions
    Verbs followed by gerunds or infinitives
    Changing the emphasis in a sentence
    Using colons and semi-colons
    Introduction to hedging or cautious language
    Recognising and using cautious language
    The sentence
    Simple and more complex sentences

  • Introduction to vocabulary learning
    Building your vocabulary
    Concordancing for vocabulary development
    Language for classifying
    Forming words with prefixes and suffixes
    Homophones, homonyms and homographs
    Confusable words
    Introduction to abstract vocabulary
    Stylistic effects of abstract vocabulary
    The importance of semi-technical vocabulary
    Phrasal verbs
    Using idiomatic language
    Researching specialist vocabulary

Try some content from the EAP Toolkit

Our Toolkits use HTML5 and therefore are accessible from PCs, laptops and tablets.

View summary of research into attitudes and uses by institutions, teachers and students:

EAP Toolkit poster (pdf, 1237kb).

What licensing institutions and teachers say:

  • "Excellent materials. The content has stood the test of time."
  • "Many of my students used the EAP Toolkit outside of class and I saw an improvement in their essays."
  • "It has been an invaluable resource for us over the years and long may it continue to be so."
  • "I think it is an excellent resource. It was so gratifying to find back-up and practice exercises for almost everything we covered during the course."

What students say:

  • "The topics and activities are good and useful. Everything is covered."
  • "The visual elements in activities like charts, graphs and the feedback parts were really practical and useful."
  • "It is a huge source that especially international students can profit a lot. I am happy to study with it."
  • "It is simple and organised very easy to follow. Categories are well-ordered so it's easy to find what I am looking for."