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English for Academic Purposes Faculty Resource Guide: EAP 1200

The Library in EAP 1200 Courses

Research is becoming a stronger focus within this course; however, it is still not a main goal. If you want your students to become acquainted with the library, you can direct them to the resources below. There are also accompanying Library Learning Outcomes that you can include in your teaching outcomes for the course; however, it is recommended that students begin to more thoroughly explore resources available via the library, such as GVRL and CQ Researcher.  


Library Learning Outcomes for EAP 1200

Students will be able to:

  • Recognize resources the library offers in order to meet their current and ongoing information needs. 
  • Identify the EAP Librarian in order to know where to go for help should they need research assistance. 

 Sample Activities + Assessments

  1. Ask students to reflect on their library use in their home country. Give them examples of how the library works in the United States and at SLU. Invite and encourage the students to use the library as a place to study or get help from the EAP librarian.  
  2. Ask students to watch the video about finding books in Pius Library. Have them go to the library and find a book on their topic. 
  3. Ask students to watch the GVRL  and/or CQ Researcher training videos explaining how to search the database. Have them find resources about their chosen topic for their assignments. 
  4. Ask students to watch the Library's video about searching SLUth, and have them use SLUth to find resources for their topic.

Resources

Recommended Information Literacy Goals for EAP 1200

If you would like to incorporate critical thinking about information into your course goals, objectives, or outcomes, here is a list of recommended goals based on the course syllabus. As always, you can contact the EAP librarian to tailor information literacy outcomes to your course, request assignment specific assistance, and request instruction sessions. 


Recommended Information Literacy Goals for EAP 1200*

  • Students will be able to identify interested parties, such as scholars, organizations, governments, and industries, who might produce information about a topic and then determine how to access that information.
  • Students will be able to utilize search strategies in order to find information on their topics in library databases. 
  • Students will be able to understand that they have a responsibility to cite their sources.
  • Students will be able to seek guidance from experts such as librarians, experts, and instructors. 

*These goals are aligned with the Association of College and Research Library's Framework for Information Literacy.


Sample Activities + Assessments

  1. Write a sample topic on the white board. Lead the students in a group brainstorm about where they might find information about that topic asking questions such as: Who might care about this topic? Who would want to write and/or read about information pertaining to this topic? Where might you find this information?
  2. After students have a discussion about the types of resources they might find about a particular topic, have them search for that information using Google and/or a library database like SLUth (a demo of SLUth should be done here). Students should identify keywords or phrases that they can use to search, and also be familiar with choosing specific types of information using database features.
  3. Citation is an important part of the research process, and it can be introduced to students through the World of Citation activity. This activity starts with a discussion about how, why, or if people cite sources in academic papers in students' home countries. Next, we will use the analogy of the address in a discussion to help students understand why having a complete and correct citation is important, and also learn why in-text citations are an important guide map for the reader. This demonstrates the how to cite as well as the why.