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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Available at: Kingston


The purpose of the ESL program is to provide international and domestic students who speak English as a second language with instruction and support that will enable them to improve their English language skills and prepare for further academic studies.

Students will develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and will have the ability to successfully participate and function in an English-speaking academic environment in Canada.

Students will also have the 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.



There are two levels – Intermediate and Advanced. At the Advanced level, students have the opportunity to take credit courses of their choice in consultation with an academic advisor. 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.

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.

The curriculum is structured according to theme or topic-based teaching that relates to real-life topics and issues of current interest. Business English and test preparation are also included.

Final marks will be based upon completion of assignments, periodic testing, class participation, and an exit exam.

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Program Name

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Program Code



Statement of Achievement

Start Dates


Program Duration

14 Weeks

Location (Campus)


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: Sandy Lee-Smokal, 613-544-5400, ext. 1365 or

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.

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/EAP – Intermediate Level

ESL/EAP – Advanced Level

Admission Requirements

  • English language skills at the Intermediate starting level 

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


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:


    I think that the program is really good because it is very integral. It covers ground in all the skills. As a student, I have learned about everything. This program also gives you a good chance to improve your English fast and understandable. The teachers are great and for sure well prepared. I am happy to have made this choice. I am 100% sure that was the right one. 

    Jorge Montes

    Program Contact

    Bev Smith

    Recruiting Contact

    Recruitment Office

    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

    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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