Thursday, April 25, 2013

English Communication Training Is Essential to Personal and Professional Success

Mastering the English language isn’t just essential to communicating with friends, family and anyone else in Canada. It is also vital to your success in the Canadian workplace. Whether you are working as an auto mechanic, a secretary, a graphic designer, a bus driver, an engineer or anything else, you will need reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. And if you’re looking for a solid foundation, you may want to consider attending Centennial College’s English communication training, which is officially known as Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes.

This respected program takes into consideration busy schedules and even different levels of English knowledge through its three level options. With this English second language training structure, students are placed in Level 1, 2 or 3 based on the results of a diagnostic placement test. As a result, at the end of the third level, whether students have taken the first to third levels or just come in for the third level, they are given access to Centennial College academic programs and usually go into another School of study.

Courses within the English communication training are offered on a full-time basis and cover all aspects of English second language training in Canada. This has resulted in the offering being fully accredited by Languages Canada, Canada’s premier language organization as having met rigorous standards in terms of curriculum, teacher qualifications, student services and administration.

Among these specific English communication training courses are: Communicating in the Classroom (builds on a foundation of basic speaking skills to give students practice in presenting and participating in conventional classroom situations in a college environment); ESL Reading Techniques (prepares students to read with greater speed and fluency focusing on practical processing techniques such as following written instructions, scanning for information, identifying topics, main ideas and details, and using vocabulary comprehension strategies); Guided Writing in English (introduces students to the writing process. Students are given practice in a variety of grammatical and structural forms); and more.

All English communication training in this program features teaching tools such as communicative activities, practical exercises, group work, presentations, and assignments. Additionally, the program is facilitated from Ashtonbee Campus, which not only offers a variety of resources to support students, including, computer labs, the library, conversation practice groups and tutoring, but also houses community-based programs that allow peer-to-peer interaction.

English communication training applicants must have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Second, there is a language skills assessment. It should be noted that 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.

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