GAS – English for Academic Purposes

Ontario College Certificate
1 Year(s)

Program Code: 1438Y01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program is intended for speakers of English as a second language who wish to improve their academic language skills in Canadian educational and workplace environments. Students are provided a strong foundation in academic oral and written communication for further postsecondary opportunities, as well as career enhancement. Graduates meet the language requirements for entry into most regular programs of study at Algonquin.

Small class sizes provide students with an intensive English immersion experience. Students are part of a rich international and cross-cultural environment created by classmates from a wide range of linguistic, educational and professional backgrounds.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Do not speak English as their first language.
  • Are motivated to pursue further studies.
  • Desire an intensive immersion experience in the English language and Canadian culture.
  • Enjoy a dynamic multicultural environment.
  • Are committed to pursuing a career that requires advanced English language skills.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
  2. Communicate competently at a level required for college studies, showing flexibility and clarity of thought and expression.
  3. Utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques to anticipate problems related to language application in academic and workplace contexts.
  4. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  5. Employ basic vocational skills required for college studies and/or the workplace.
  6. Conduct research and write essays and reports according to academic conventions at a level required by college institutions and the workplace.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ESL4001 Basic Academic Reading Strong reading skills are necessary for academic and workplace success. Students increase reading speed and comprehension while using skills and strategies to understand adapted and authentic passages on a wide variety of topics. Through intensive and extensive reading assignments, students summarize and respond to texts, with an emphasis on accuracy and clarity. 64.0
ESL4002 Basic Academic Writing The ability to express oneself clearly and accurately in writing is important for academic and career success. Students receive extensive feedback from instructors to enhance their writing skills and complete a wide range of assignments. Exploration of sentence structure and grammar enables students to produce simple, compound and complex sentences. Students practise brainstorming and planning methods to produce clear, well-organized writing. 96.0
ESL4003 Basic Academic Listening Strong listening comprehension skills are essential to understand and communicate in academic and workplace environments. Students identify key information and main ideas in a variety of adapted and authentic English listening texts on a wide range of subjects. Students use listening strategies to record information accurately, identify patterns of organization, and complete speaking and writing tasks, such as summaries, responses and personal reflections on the topic. 48.0
ESL4004 Basic Academic Speaking The ability to express oneself clearly and accurately leads to academic and career success. Students develop pronunciation and fluency strategies to improve spoken expression in social, workplace and academic settings. Through group discussions and oral assignments, students prepare and deliver oral presentations in a clear, concise format. 64.0
Level: 02 Hours
ESL6001 Applied Academic Reading Reading skills are essential for success in academic and workplace environments. Students increase reading comprehension, fluency and vocabulary by building on and applying reading skills and strategies. Through intensive and extensive reading assignments, students read both authentic and adapted passages in a variety of subject areas and summarize and respond to the passages, with an emphasis on accuracy and clarity. 64.0
ESL6002 Applied Academic Writing Clear and accurate writing is required in academic and workplace environments. Students use appropriate structures and grammar to produce complex sentences that fulfill a range of communicative functions. Students apply writing process techniques to perform a variety of written communication tasks. Using extensive feedback from instructors, students systematically apply proofreading and editing skills to locate and correct common writing errors and improve written work. 96.0
ESL6003 Applied Academic Listening Listening comprehension skills are essential in order to understand and communicate in academic and workplace environments. Students identify key information and patterns of organization in a variety of adapted and authentic English listening texts on a wide range of academic subjects. Students apply pre-listening and note-taking strategies to create outlines and spoken or written responses to listening passages. 48.0
ESL6004 Applied Academic Speaking Clear and accurate spoken expression is vital for academic and workplace success. Students explore and apply techniques to improve pronunciation and communicate effectively in social, workplace and academic environments. In addition to developing formal presentation skills, students examine and practise self-expression on a wide range of academic topics through small group discussions. 48.0
Level: 03 Hours
ESL7001 Advanced Academic Writing Strong writing skills are required to communicate effectively in academic and professional environments. Students examine and select organizational patterns to produce coherent, clear and unified writing for college and workplace situations. Students produce discipline-specific research papers by applying research skills and documenting sources according to academic guidelines. Extensive feedback from instructors enables students to edit systematically and to enhance written work.

Prerequisites: ESL6002
ESL7002 Advanced Academic Speaking Effective speaking skills are necessary in college and workplace environments. Students use advanced pronunciation and oral interaction strategies to participate in academic conversations on a wide assortment of topics. Students deliver comprehensive academic presentations incorporating research and respond appropriately to questions and comments.

Prerequisites: ESL6004
ESL7003 Advanced Integrated Skills-Academic Students intending to study at the postsecondary level require a strong foundation of language and study skills. With focused feedback and guidance from the instructor, students gain independence in academic tasks which integrate listening, speaking, reading and writing on a wide variety of subjects. Through discussions, case studies, formal academic presentations and written reports, students integrate language skills with academic content. Students review assessment and problem-solving skills to prepare for the transition into postsecondary programs.

Prerequisites: ESL6001 and ESL6003
GED7001 Growing in Global Awareness In today's world, it is increasingly important for us to view ourselves not only as individuals from one country, but also as global citizens. Students trace a personal path towards global citizenship as they examine cross-cultural experiences and research the lives of ordinary and heroic people around the globe. Students explore terminology for social bias and current global issues on their journey from personal to global awareness. 45.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,665.45. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

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Books and supplies cost approximately $250 per level and can be purchased in the campus bookstore.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • To determine appropriate level of study, applicants to the EAP Canadian program are required to complete placement testing prior to the commencement of the program. The testing will be in the areas of reading, writing and listening.
  • A minimum of high-beginner level English knowledge is required for students of the EAP Canadian program. Students scoring below Level 1 will be placed in the Pre-EAP Canadian program.
  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the EAP Canadian program.

Application Information


Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Additional Information

Curriculum, materials and labs: The curriculum for each skill prepares the student to progress through the program. Graduates earn one General Education credit that may be applied to other College programs of study. Required texts must be purchased. Students use a variety of software during regularly scheduled hours in the language lab.

Teachers and methodology: EAP faculty are fully certified to teach English for Academic Purposes to adult learners. Professors use the latest teaching methods and adapt techniques to meet the needs of diverse groups of students. Students participate in a variety of activities including discussions, presentations and group work. Teachers are available for academic advising.

Placement: A placement test is used to assess language ability and determine entry level. Students may enter the program at any of the three EAP levels. A review of previously obtained sub-scores on standardized tests (IELTS, TOEFL or CAEL) may support a student`s placement.

Evaluation: Students receive regular evaluation through assignments, mid-term and final tests. For progression to the next level, a minimum grade of B- (70%) is required in each course except the General Education course in which D- (50%) is the minimum grade.

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