The English for Academic Discourse (EAD) courses are offered by the Writing Program to serve matriculated undergraduate students with language backgrounds other than English to build linguistic competence in English so that their verbal level more accurately reflects their ability to read, conceptualize, and frame complex arguments in English. Most of them focus on reading and writing skills with the exception of 356:152, which focuses on discussion and presentation skills.

The specific writing course you need to take depends on your English Placement Test result or your writing instructor. All students must begin with the course in which they place, and continue along until Expository Writing is completed. Many international students are placed in one of the EAD courses, but it is possible for an international student to be placed into Basic Composition or Expository Writing.

Students successfully completing Intensive EAD (151) or EAD fundamentals (154) will progress to EAD I and then EAD II. (Note: Some students completing EAD (151) might be placed into EAD 154) Discussion and Presentation Skills (152) is intended as an optional support course for EAD 1 or EAD II and can be taken only once at the student’s request or the request of an advisor.


RELI Contacts

RELI Director: Nicole Houser


Director of EAD: Agnieszka Goeller


Director of Graduate ELL & ITA Program: Nela Navarro


Director of Intensive English @RELI: Mark Keitges



Writing Program Main Office

Murray Hall Room 108

TEL (848) 932-7570