Coordinator/Contact: Agnieszka Goeller
English for Academic Discourse I (356:155), or EAD I, serves matriculated non-native English speaking or bilingual undergraduates. It is a 4-credit university course that meets three times a week and counts toward the GPA. EAD I introduces students to critical reading and writing, and EAD II strengthens those skills. Both courses are specifically designed to help students build linguistic competence in English so that their verbal level more accurately reflects their ability to read, conceptualize, and frame complex arguments in English. Rutgers recognizes how difficult it is to write fluently in a second language at this level of complexity, and for this reason EAD I students are awarded 4 credits.
In EAD I, the focus is on developing critical reading skills that aid the development of independent points of view and engagement in academic argument. Through discussion, rereading, and writing papers on various contemporary topics, students will encounter complex ideas and learn how to contribute their own ideas and make connections between various texts.