EAP @ X has been designed to prepare students for studies at StFX by ensuring course materials practice the core academic skills needed in any academic discipline, while introducing students to important academic culture, such as the importance of understanding what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it.
An overarching theme is assigned each semester and course content is pulled from a range of disciplines. This allows students to develop familiarity with a theme, while exposing them to interdisciplinary content. However, students are not assessed on their retention of the content, but on their ability to apply the academic skills practiced throughout the program. For example, in the climate change semester, course content (videos, lectures, readings, projects, discussions, debates, and writing assignments) is drawn from the natural/physical sciences, business and economics, politics and public administration, geography, history, and engineering. Students engage in projects related to climate change in Nova Scotia, developing research skills by collecting primary data from community members and businesses.