EAP085 is designed to integrate and further develop students' English language skills, critical thinking skills, team skills, and overall readiness for academic study at the Year 2 level. Towards this end, development of target academic and language skills and learner outcomes will be achieved using content from the Global Issues in Context database through RRU Library involving themes and issues which students are likely to encounter in their degree major streams. Learners will improve their ability to engage with academic materials and participate in learning activities and assignments and which reflect what they will be expected to do throughout the university studies. In particular, students will develop and research global issues, take a stance, and write an argumentative research essay of significant length. Additional exposure to some of the lexicon and themes in their academic streams will come through an extended reading program of essays.