FOUN 1001 English for Academic Purposes

Pre-requisite: Students must have one of the following in order to register for FOUN1001:


  • CXC English Language (General Proficiency) - Grade I
  • GCE English Language - Distinction (Grade A or I or II)
  • General Paper - Grade A or B
  • UWIDEC/Open Campus Language and Communication – Grade B or above
  • TOEFL (minimum writing score of 22)
  • A Pass in the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)
  • A Pass in FDMU 0005
Course Description:


English for Academic Purposes is a Year 1 course that examines specific strategies for expository writing necessary at the tertiary level. Students are exposed to multiple ways of organising material using selected expository techniques. A high premium is placed on utilising standard English grammatical patterns pertinent to formal exposition. Developing research skills and the accurate documentation of sources are also emphasised. The course is specially designed to facilitate the transfer of skills to faculty courses read by undergraduate university students and paves the way for sound postgraduate academic writing.

This course is compulsory for students of the Faculties of Humanities & Education (FHE) and the Social Sciences (FSS). The purpose of the course is to assist students in developing expository writing skills that will enable them to produce essays that are well-researched and documented and reflective of the level of analysis and presentation required at the tertiary level.

The aim of this course is to build students’ skills in the production of expository academic writing based on sound research and documentation appropriate to tertiary level studies.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • recognise a range of functions for language;
  • distinguish between written language and spoken language;
  • appreciate the language variety in the Caribbean and differentiate between official and vernacular forms;
  • choose a language code appropriate to context;
  • express ideas in clearly stated objective language;
  • utilise grammatical and other language skills pertinent to formal expository writing;
  • plan, write, revise and edit a formal expository essay, and
  • produce a well researched and documented essay utilising selected expository strategies.