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General Arts & Science Certificate - English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Available at: Kingston


General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purpose (GAS-EAP) is a program designed for students who speak English as a second language who wish to achieve high proficiency in English in order to pursue a career or studies in an English-speaking environment. It focuses on communicative competencies on all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. At the Advanced level, English is taught in an integrated manner with academic subjects to accelerate learning. The program also emphasizes knowledge of Canadian culture and society and the awareness of global issues. It allows students to reflect on their multiple identities and develop a strong sense of citizenship in an intercultural context. This knowledge, awareness and sense of citizenship enhances students’ employability by providing them with personal and professional growth, within a complex, multicultural and globalized world.

Students enrolled in the GAS-EAP program have full access to the fitness centre, library, cafeteria, computer labs, and more.

*Successful completion of level 1 Pre-intermediate and level 2 Intermediate, allows you to take this program. 



  • Taking academic classes while studying ESL: GAS-EAP is a post-secondary program. Students will take up to four credit courses, which are transferrable to their future studies at the College.
  • No TOEFL or IELTS required for admission into post-secondary programs at the College: When students graduate from the GAS-EAP (Advanced plus level) they receive an Ontario College Certificate. With an overall grade of 60, students can enter certificate and diploma programs; with an overall grade of 70, students can enter degree and graduate certificate programs without further English Language testing.
  • Development of skills: Students will develop cross-cultural communication skills and study skills in order to succeed in the workplace or in future studies.
  • Highly qualified, experienced teachers: All teachers are certified and have many years of teaching experience.
  • Small classes and personal attention: Everyone in the class is able to participate actively in pairs or groups.

Program Structure

Self-Assessment Tool


There are two levels – Advanced, and Advanced Plus, each are 14 weeks.

Online: This assessment is designed to help determine your English level and consists on 90 questions. The test includes 3 parts and it should take about one hour to complete. 

Click here to start your online test. 

**Note: the results from this test cannot be used as official proof of English proficiency.

English Skills - Checklist: If you answer "YES" to at least 14 of these questions, then you are ready for the Pre-Intermediate English level. 

Click here to download the checklist. 

**Note: the results from this test cannot be used as official proof of English proficiency. 

Teaching/Learning Methods

Speaking and Listening

  • Focus on pronunciation and oral practice
  • Note-taking and paraphrasing
  • Group discussion and pair work activities
  • Audio/video-based skills practice
  • Small group problem solving, case studies
  • Role-plays, games and presentations

Reading and Writing

  • Authentic reading materials from academic content
  • Instruction in advanced grammar and academic vocabulary building
  • Focus on writing process and learning strategies
  • Individual, pair and group work, including peer editing
  • Writing paragraphs, essays and research reports from reading 

Admission to Post-Secondary Programs

When students successfully complete the GAS-EAP program with a minimum of 60% in EAP courses, they meet the English language requirement for diploma and certificate programs at St. Lawrence College. If they achieve a minimum of 70% in EAP courses, they meet the English language requirement for Degree and Graduate Certificate programs. If successful, no further English testing would be required for admission to St. Lawrence College programs.

Start Dates:

Start Date
Placement Test
Class Begins
September 2020 (suspended)  N/A N/A 
 January 2021  January 5, 2021 January 11, 2021 
 May 2021  April 26, 2021 May 3, 2021 

How to Apply

Domestic Students: Applications will be open at a later date. Please watch this page for details.

International Students: Visit our How to Apply page for instructions.

Program Name

General Arts & Science Certificate - English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 Semesters

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2019-20

EASL 70A Advanced Reading Module A
EASL 71A Advanced Writing Module A
EASL 72A Advanced Listening Module A
EASL 73A Advanced Speaking Module A
EASL 30 Advance Language Lab Tutorial

Advanced Plus
EASL 80A Advanced English for Academic Purpose I
EASL 80B Advanced English for Academic Purpose II
EASL 90A and 90B Advanced Plus Language Lab Tutorial
GENE 29 Global Studies
GENE 305 21st Century Canada
GENE 165 Introduction to Intercultural Communications
General Elective 1

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    • English language skills at the Intermediate Level
    • Entry to Advanced level: SLC placement test 60; IELTS 5.0; TOEFL iBT 53; TOIEC 600; CLB (completed) 5-6
    • Entry to Advanced Plus level: SLC placement test 70; IELTS 5.5 (no band below 5.5); TOEFL iBT 64; TOIEC 700; CLB (completed) 6-7
    • High school diploma or at least 19 years old prior to start of the program



    Health Requirements


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    Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Robin Cox

    Admissions Information

    If you are a Canadian resident and would like to apply, please connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

    If you are an international student, please contact one of the regional offices

    SLC Africa Office

    SLC Brazil Office


    SLC Europe and CIS Office

    SLC Gulf States and Middle East Office

    SLC India Office

    SLC Latin America Office

    SLC North-China Office

    SLC Philippines Office

    SLC Russia Office

    SLC South-China Office

    SLC South Korea Office

    SLC Turkey Office

    SLC Vietnam Office

    Additional Information

    Students are tested upon enrollment for placement in the appropriate level. 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.

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