University of Calgary

Student credits language program for academic success

UToday HomeFebruary 20, 2013

By Clayton MacGillivray

Kohei Tanaka, a PhD student in geoscience, credits the English for Academic Purposes program for helping make his dream of studying paleontology in Canada a reality.Kohei Tanaka, a PhD student in geoscience, credits the English for Academic Purposes program for helping make his dream of studying paleontology in Canada a reality.For nearly 15 years, the University of Calgary’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program has helped students improve their English language proficiency in order to gain admission to both undergraduate and graduate programs. About 90% of EAP students go on to pursue their degree programs.

One such student is Kohei Tanaka, who credits the program with helping him make his dream of studying paleontology in Canada a reality.

“Although English was very challenging when I came to Canada, thanks to the EAP program, it was a much easier transition from my undergrad in Japan to the graduate program at the U of C,” says Tanaka.

Originally from Nagoya, Japan, Tanaka is currently pursuing a PhD in geoscience and is looking to find the answers to some intriguing dinosaur mysteries; such as if dinosaurs incubated their eggs, how parental care evolved from early reptiles to dinosaurs and finally to birds, and how reproductive strategies affected dinosaur diversification.  He recently received a Killam Scholarship for his work. 

"Kohei is exactly the type of student we are here to help. He is driven, professional, eager to learn, and more importantly — he is a teacher by profession and wishes to pass on what he has learned in EAP," says EAP director Anuradha Sengupta.

Upon completion of the program, students are able to write effective summaries, responses and essays at a university level, implement critical thinking skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and participate actively in all aspects of university life.

“We go far beyond everyday language learning and focus on what is necessary to succeed in the academic or business world,” explains Sengupta.

 

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