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Bridge Seminars is a small private academy that offers EAP/ university preparation seminars of uncompromising quality and rigor. Our goal is to prepare you for the challenges and opportunities of overseas study by strengthening and enriching the core areas of academic English that are essential for success at universities in the English speaking world.

Professor Ian MacDonald
Academic Director

On the first Monday of every month a small group of international students gather around my seminar table to study and practice the conventions of academic English.  For four weeks they engage in advanced English language training prior to beginning university study abroad. Students learn the structure of English—what it is, how it is put together, and how it works. Most importantly, they learn how to effectively express their ideas in written and spoken English.

From Monday to Friday you work with seven other international students for 6 hours of intensive English study each day. We begin at 9:00 a.m. with English reading, listening, and critical thinking. In this seminar, we develop reading, listening, and lecture note-taking skills through the use of authentic and adapted academic lecture materials. At 10:30 a.m., we take a 30 minute coffee break and then resume our labors with English vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure. The focus of this seminar is the development of lexical knowledge and essential grammar and sentence structure skills.

At 12:30 p.m. we adjourn to the patio for a delicious communal lunch prepared by our excellent Filipina cook.

We reconvene again at 2:00 p.m. for English speaking and presentation skills. This seminar focuses on making coherent, organized academic presentations and developing persuasive language for effective seminar leadership. At 3:30 p.m., it’s tea-time, and then from 4:00 p.m. until the end of classes at 5:30 p.m., we study English composition and rhetoric. Students who are not native speakers of English often find the written demands of their courses in English language universities to be very challenging, so in this seminar we practice the aspects of English composition and rhetoric that are most important for university study abroad.

In sum, our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program strengthens and enriches the following core academic areas:
• Reading and vocabulary development
• Pronunciation comprehensibility
• English grammar and structure
• Composition and rhetoric
• Research, presentation, and debate
• Autonomous learning

Please be advised that our seminars are rigorous. Studying at Bridge Seminars is not a beach holiday in the tropics—although we often make time on the weekends for that, too. The four week program comprises 120 hours of classroom time, which is equivalent to 2 semesters of English language study at most Asian universities. Therefore, if you wish to succeed, you must be committed. However, hard work does have its rewards. At the end of your four weeks with us, you will be well prepared to embark on a successful, rewarding university career anywhere in the English speaking world.
For further information about our program and to reserve your place at the seminar table, email me at

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