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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Available at: Kingston

Overview

The purpose of the pre-academic ESL program is to provide students who speak English as a second language with instruction and support that will enable them to improve their English language skills to succeed in their academic studies. The program uses Canadian materials particularly aimed at improving the English language skills of students who intend to enroll in a college diploma and degree program.

Students are offered an enriching English experience with authentic readings, audio and video segments, activities and exercises designed to build vocabulary, text comprehension and pronunciation. There will also be opportunity to learn about Canadian culture and the local area through meaningful experiences in the community, which will include field trips to various historical and cultural sites. Students receive a total of 24 hours of instruction a week, which includes 4 hours of computer lab time.

Students enrolled in the ESL pre-academic program have full access to the fitness centre, library, cafeteria, computer labs, and more. Homestays are also available

Highlights
There are three levels – Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced (or Advance+). To enroll in the appropriate level, you will take a placement test upon arrival. If you have taken an International English test, such as IELTS or TOFEL, within 12 months prior to the program start date, you can provide the score for placement.

When students successfully complete the Advanced level with a minimum average of 60%, they receive a Statement of Achievement. With this Statement of Achievement, they meet the English language requirements for most programs at St. Lawrence College, with no further English testing required.

Advanced level (14 weeks or 7 weeks)
You will gain sufficient English proficiency to enter an academic program in a Canadian post-secondary institution. You will focus on English communication skills across disciplines and learn effective strategies to become successful in the academic environment. The features of this level include:
• integrated curriculum emphasizing all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
• further emphasis on academic writing
• development of cross-cultural communication skills
• tutorial session to target language use in course-related content (see Advanced+ below)

Advanced+ (14 weeks)
Students in the Advanced level have the choice to take a credit course in consultation with an academic advisor. In other words, they will be immersed in a regular academic class environment and receive intensive support from the ESL program at the same time. By taking a credit course, students will be better prepared and have less workload in their future studies. 

Intermediate (14 weeks or 7 weeks)
You will improve your English proficiency and be ready to move into the Advance level upon completion of the intermediate level. You will focus on grammar and vocabulary frequently used in business and academic environment. The features of this level include:
• Integrated curriculum emphasizing all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
• Frequent practice and lab sessions
• Emphasis on academic writing
• Opportunity to learn about Canadian culture
• Development of cross-cultural communication skills


Pre-Intermediate level (14 weeks or 7 weeks)
You have some basic knowledge of English language and this course will help you improve your proficiency to the intermediate level. You will acquire more vocabulary through real-life topics and interactive activities. The features of this level include:
• Learning vocabulary and grammar
• Integrated curriculum emphasizing all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
• Opportunity to learn about Canadian culture
• Development of cross-cultural communication skills

We also offer ESL Summer Programs and Customized ESL Training Programs
 

Highlights

What level will I attend?
You will take a placement test when you arrive on campus. No prior testing is required to register in the ESL program. However, if you have done an international English test, your score can be used for placement. The table below list the entrance level for each level.

 

St Lawrence Placement

IELTS

TOEFL iBT

TOEIC

Pre-Intermediate

30

3.5

30-52

255

Intermediate level

50

4.5

53-65

405

Advanced level

70

5.5

66-78

605

Start Dates - 2017 

 
 
 
 
 
  Orientation   Classes Begin
January  January 4 January 9 (14 weeks) 
February February 20 February 27 (7 weeks)
May April 24  May 1 (14 weeks)
June June 12  June 19
July See short term ESL/Summer Camp  
September       September 5 September 11 (14 weeks) 
October October 23  October 30 (7 weeks) 

 

How to apply:
Step 1: Fill out the application form and pay the application fee of $100 CAD. Application - click here.

Step 2: Mail your original or certified copies of your high school diploma and transcript to St. Lawrence College at:

International office
St. Lawrence College
100 Portsmouth Avenue
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 5A6

Please note we only accept Original documents or certified copies. If your documents are not in English, we need the English translation as well.

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Program Name

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Program Code

0394

Credential

Statement of Achievement

Start Dates

January
February
May
June
July
September
October

Program Duration

7 or 14 weeks

Location (Campus)

Kingston

Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fees (14 week semester): $1,089.48; Compulsory fees $744.15 All fees subject to change for 2017-18. **Contact us to verify fees as they vary depending on season and duration(14 weeks or 7 weeks): Ivy Zhang, 613-544-5400, ext. 1689 or xzhang@sl.on.ca

International Fees


2016-17 International tuition fees (14 week semester): $4,450.00; Compulsory fees $700.40. All fees subject to change for 2017-18. **Contact us to verify fees as they vary depending on season and duration: Ivy Zhang, 613-544-5400, ext. 1689 or xzhang@sl.on.ca

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit "Paying for College".

Program Outline 2017-18

ESL Advanced Level (14 weeks or 7 weeks)

ESL Advanced+ Level (14 weeks)

Intermediate Level (14 weeks or 7 weeks)

Pre-Intermediate (14 weeks or 7 weeks)

Admission Requirements

  • English language skills at the Intermediate starting level 

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Prerequisites

Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit: www.ontransfer.ca

    Testimonials

    I have been really enjoying the studying in the ESL classes here and have learned a lot from them, especially in writing and speaking activities. The classes give us all kinds of grammar and sentence skills to improve our academic writing ability. They are always vivid and challenging. There are a lot of interesting discussions, speech, debating and presentations to improve our communicating skills. I am able to practice more and have made many times of my speech or presentation with much confidence, which I can’t imagine in the past. Moreover, our teachers are so amazing and always available to help us in English studying or other problems. In addition, studying here gives me a great chance to meet the people from different countries and learn different cultures. In fact, I have made many friends from different countries here. Because we should communicate always in English, I have improved my speaking greatly.



    Michelle Yuping Wan

    Program Contact

    Recruiting Contact

    International Office
    international@sl.on.ca


    Additional Information

    Students are thoroughly tested upon enrolment for placement in the appropriate level (only Intermediate and Advanced offered). Upon arrival at the College, students will have an oral and written assessment of their English skills and will be placed at the appropriate level.

    Need help with your OCAS application?

    One of our recruiters will provide personal assistance to walk you through your OCAS application. Call 1-800-463-0752 or email dreamit@sl.on.ca.

    Unable to produce your high school diploma?

    Contact the ESL program coordinator, Bev Smith, at 613-544-5400, ext. 6787 for an assessment appointment. If the program coordinator determines that you are eligible for the program, she will notify Admissions of your eligibility.

    On your OCAS application, check "transcript to follow." Complete your application and submit it with your application fee. A positive assessment from the program coordinator will ensure your acceptance into the program, as long as seats are available, even though your high school transcript is unavailable.

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