Friday, September 24, 2010

Prepare for Further Study with the English for the Academic Purposes Program

If you want to get ahead in the Canadian corporate and academic worlds, strong English speaking and writing skills are a must. That’s because you will be required to articulate both verbally and in-writing in order to effectively communicate. There is no better program to get you comfortable with the English language and all that comes along with it than the Centennial College’s intensive English for Academic Purposes program.

To apply for this full-time undertaking that will see you attend school five days a week and study all areas of communication, there are a few prerequisites. First, you must present an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Second, there is a language skills are assessment. However, this is not a program for absolute beginners. Students must have completed a beginner’s level language program prior to applying to the English for Academic Purposes program. Also, please not that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Once you have been accepted, you will discover a post-secondary certificate program that will help you to build your English language skills for success in college, university or your career. The English for Academic Purposes program nurtures a supportive academic environment with faculty who are caring, dedicated and with you every step of the way as you build your language skills through communicative activities, practical exercises, group work, presentations and assignments. The emphasis here is to develop highly effective academic communication skills in: reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as academic study. This is achieved through courses such as: ESL Reading Techniques, Guided Writing in English, Speaking Up, Skills of Student Success, Approaches to English Composition and more. Also, as a student of English for Academic Purposes, you will have access to resources and services such as tutoring, conversation practice groups, counselling, the library and the computer labs.

The length of the program will depend on your future goals. You may be placed in the first level and take all three levels of the program (meaning three semesters) or you may be placed in the second or third levels. Students who achieve high grades in Level 3 are considered to have met the College’s English language requirement for most Centennial College programs. In addition, Level 3 students earn a college credit that they can apply to future study.

Another attractive feature of the program is that it is fully accredited by Languages Canada, Canada’s premier language organization. This means that the program has met rigorous standards in terms of curriculum, teacher qualifications, student services and administration. In other words, you can rest assured that the training you receive at Centennial College will help you in school, business and your personal life. For more benefits of the English for Academic Purposes program, check out its benefits webpage.

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