Tuesday, September 24, 2013

EAP (English for Academic Purposes) program builds your education and career aspirations

Starting college life can be intimidating, especially when you move away from home. Perhaps you travelled to another city or even to a new country where the spoken language is new and daunting. A college program with an English Second Language Training can help you build credentials and a start of a learning journey in your field of interest. Centennial College is a diverse educational institution in Toronto, Canada, with 80 different languages spoken on campus. It offers the General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes (6616) program to provide learners with little English proficiency a starting point in their education and career success.

Students will learn the basics of reading, writing, and speaking in English and will progressively build on their English language skills to sufficient levels in understanding concepts required at school and at the workplace. The program is made possible with college’s support programs, vast resources, and advanced technologies and facilities:

•    Qualified ESL (English as a second language) professors present as first point to contact to non-native English speakers to help them transition into the Canadian culture and learn the language
•    'Let's Talk' English conversation groups is a weekly activity provided by the school’s library for each of the four campus to help English beginners become comfortable in speaking in English with their peers.
•    Peer tutoring service is available to reach student goals in completing assignments and class projects, with the guidance of student tutors.

In addition to basic language skills in reading, writing, and speaking, students are introduced to the customs and culture of Canadians, which language can be interpreted in different ways. The Canadian Context course familiarizes students with Canada and its people, so they can better understand and comprehends day-to-day activities in living in this country. Since a majority of students come from abroad, this course will set a good example on understanding the Canadian way of life.

This program is meant to develop the language skills of non-native English speakers. Students wishing to further progress their English skills and enrol in this program need to obtain the following requirements:

•    a high school diploma that is equivalent to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or enter as a mature student (must be at least 19 years of age)
•    achieve the following test results for international students:
o    TOEFL paper-based 395
o    iBT 30 or higher
o    IELTs (overall) 3.0 with no band below 2.5
•    complete a specialized English Placement assessment to determine EAP (English for Academic Purposes) Program placement

Depending on the student’s needs, the English communication training can last from one, two, or three semesters. Upon completion of the required tests, students will be placed on the proper classes to ensure growth and progress on student learning. The General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes program takes place at Centennial’s Ashtonbee campus and is open to start at any given semester. Centennial College welcomes international students abroad and those learners wishing to gain proficient language skills to compete in today’s workplace. Graduates of this program can enrol to their areas of interest or expertise and can easily transfer in Centennial’s certificate and diploma programs.

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