GAS – English for Academic Purposes

Ontario College Certificate
1 Year

Program Code: 1438Y01FWO
Academic Year: Fall 2013


Our Program

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program is intended for those whose mother tongue is not English and are interested in improving their English language skills. A strong foundation in English language and communication is essential for success in college programs and in the workplace. Students build the necessary English language skills to operate within professional and college environments through academic reading, writing, listening and speaking courses. Learning activities focus on active participation and critical thinking in academic and workplace contexts through in-class and lab activities.

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP Canadian) program provides students with an intensive English immersion experience. Small class sizes promote maximum interaction with classmates and the instructor, thus offering an active and dynamic classroom environment. Students are part of a rich international and cross-cultural environment created by classmates from a wide range of linguistic, educational and employment backgrounds. Students also connect to the broader college through discipline-specific content from various programs of study, and may earn up to two General Education course credits towards select college programs. Graduates of the EAP Canadian program meet the language requirements for entry into many regular programs at Algonquin College.

Graduates of the EAP Canadian program communicate effectively in Canadian educational and workplace environments, leading to various academic opportunities, as well as career enhancement.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who: . Do not have English as their first language.

  • Are motivated to pursue further studies.
  • Desire an intense immersion experience in English language and Canadian culture.
  • Enjoy a dynamic multicultural environment.
  • Are committed to pursuing a career that requires advanced English Second Language skills.
  • Possess a minimum of high beginner-level English skills.

    Courses

    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 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. Students summarize and respond to texts, with an emphasis on accuracy and clarity. Activities include in class and lab components in addition to extensive reading assignments. 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. Students summarize and respond to texts, with an emphasis on accuracy and clarity. Activities include in class and lab components in addition to extensive reading assignments. 64.0
    ESL4002 The ability to express oneself clearly and accurately in writing is important for academic and career success. Students receive extensive feedback from instructors and use it 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. 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 and use it 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 Strong listening skills are the foundation of academic and professional success. Students identify key information and main ideas in a variety of adapted and authentic English listening texts on a wide range of subject matter. 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. Listening activities include both in-class and lab components. Basic Academic Listening Strong listening skills are the foundation of academic and professional success. Students identify key information and main ideas in a variety of adapted and authentic English listening texts on a wide range of subject matter. 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. Listening activities include both in-class and lab components. 48.0
    ESL4004 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. Students prepare and deliver oral presentations in a clear, concise format. Learning activities focus on active participation in class and small group discussions monitored by the instructor. 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. Students prepare and deliver oral presentations in a clear, concise format. Learning activities focus on active participation in class and small group discussions monitored by the instructor. 64.0
    Level: 02 Hours
    ESL6001 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. Students read both authentic and adapted passages in a variety of subject areas, and then summarize and respond to the passages, with an emphasis on accuracy and clarity. Activities include in class and lab components in addition to extensive reading assignments.

    Prerequisites: ESL4001
    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. Students read both authentic and adapted passages in a variety of subject areas, and then summarize and respond to the passages, with an emphasis on accuracy and clarity. Activities include in class and lab components in addition to extensive reading assignments.

    Prerequisites: ESL4001
    64.0
    ESL6002 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.

    Prerequisites: ESL4002
    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.

    Prerequisites: ESL4002
    96.0
    ESL6003 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. Listening activities include both in class and lab components.

    Prerequisites: ESL4003
    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. Listening activities include both in class and lab components.

    Prerequisites: ESL4003
    48.0
    ESL6004 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. Learning activities focus on active participation in class and small group discussions monitored by the instructor.

    Prerequisites: ESL4004
    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. Learning activities focus on active participation in class and small group discussions monitored by the instructor.

    Prerequisites: ESL4004
    48.0
    GED6001 People who have a sense of their place in contemporary culture and society are better equipped to meet the uncertainties of the future. Students investigate and then formulate their personal stance on a variety of issues and values raised by the transformations and developments in our changing world. Students examine broad range of modern cultural and social movements, including trends in media, advertising, popular culture, environmentalism and information technology. Our Changing World People who have a sense of their place in contemporary culture and society are better equipped to meet the uncertainties of the future. Students investigate and then formulate their personal stance on a variety of issues and values raised by the transformations and developments in our changing world. Students examine broad range of modern cultural and social movements, including trends in media, advertising, popular culture, environmentalism and information technology. 45.0
    Level: 03 Hours
    ESL7001 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
    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
    96.0
    ESL7002 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. Learning activities focus on active participation in class and small group discussions monitored by the instructor.

    Prerequisites: ESL6004
    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. Learning activities focus on active participation in class and small group discussions monitored by the instructor.

    Prerequisites: ESL6004
    64.0
    GED7001 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. 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
    Elective: choose 1 Hours
    ESL7003 Students intending to continue their studies at the college 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. In-class and lab activities, such as discussions, case studies, formal academic presentations and written reports, incorporate language skills and academic content. Students review assessment and problem-solving skills to prepare for the transition into college programs.

    Prerequisites: ESL6001 and ESL6003
    Advanced Integrated Skills-Academic Students intending to continue their studies at the college 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. In-class and lab activities, such as discussions, case studies, formal academic presentations and written reports, incorporate language skills and academic content. Students review assessment and problem-solving skills to prepare for the transition into college programs.

    Prerequisites: ESL6001 and ESL6003
    96.0
    ESL7004 Effective English language and communication skills are important for success in today's business world. With focused feedback and guidance from the instructor, students learn the essentials for business communication, such as building business-specific vocabulary, giving presentations, analyzing case studies, writing reports and memos, and developing pronunciation and fluency in oral communication. Students also discuss the conduct and culture of business in the Canadian context. Language lab and classroom learning activities focus on problem-solving, critical thinking and active participation.

    Prerequisites: ESL6001 and ESL6003
    Advanced Integrated Skills-Business Effective English language and communication skills are important for success in today's business world. With focused feedback and guidance from the instructor, students learn the essentials for business communication, such as building business-specific vocabulary, giving presentations, analyzing case studies, writing reports and memos, and developing pronunciation and fluency in oral communication. Students also discuss the conduct and culture of business in the Canadian context. Language lab and classroom learning activities focus on problem-solving, critical thinking and active participation.

    Prerequisites: ESL6001 and ESL6003
    96.0

    Fees & Expenses

    Tuition fees listed are in effect for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Tuition Fees: $1,113.58 per term.

    Incidental Fees: $36 in Levels 01, 02 and $27 in Level 03.

    Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

    Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

    Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

    Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

    Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

    Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

    Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. **

    A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

    A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

    International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

    * Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm

    ** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

    Books and supplies cost approximately $300 per level and can be purchased in the campus bookstore.

    Admission Requirements 

    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 recommended 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:

    ontariocolleges.ca
    60 Corporate Court
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
    1-888-892-2228

    Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca.>. A $95 fee applies.

    International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx

    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
    Email:
    AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com

    Additional Information

    Curriculum, materials and labs: The curriculum for each skill area prepares the student to progress through the program. Required texts must be purchased. Students use a variety of software during regularly scheduled hours in the Multimedia Language Centre.

    Teachers and methodology: ESL teachers are university graduates with certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language and teaching experience with adult learners. Teachers use the latest teaching methods and adapt techniques to meet the needs of various groups of students. Students participate in discussions, presentations and a variety of activities.
    Placement: A placement test is required to assess language ability and determine entry level.

    Evaluation: Teachers are available for academic advising during the term to help students establish learning goals. Students receive regular evaluation through assignments, and mid-term and final tests. A final grade is given for each subject. Upon successful completion of all courses in the program (a minimum grade of B- is required in each course), students receive an Ontario College Certificate.

    For more information regarding this program, please visit our website
    www.algonquincollege.com/languages.

    Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time