Introduction In previously British colonies, such as South Africa, India, Kenya, and Nigeria, the end of colonialism did not end the dominance of English. Indeed, in many post-colonial contexts, although multilingualism is the norm, English, the first language of few, continues to dominate in ‘official’ settings such as government, education, and commerce. In such environments, English for academic purposes (EAP) can play an important role in providing meaningful access to tertiary study for students for whom English is a second language.