Intensive English Language for Academic Studies Certificate

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  • Entry requirements
    This intensive eight-week program is designed for students whose second language is English and who wish to acquire the academic English language skills required for college/university entry.
  • Academic title
    Intensive English Language for Academic Studies Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    ELS1120     Pronunciation IV

    Description: Specific areas to target are determined through an individual pronunciation analysis. Stress, rhythm, and intonation as features of speech which have great impact on intelligibility are emphasized. Students continue to learn to produce vowels, consonants, and consonant blends through practise and identification of articulators and areas of articulation, air pathways, and vibration of vocal cords. Students are encouraged to listen for their specific pronunciation errors, attempt to self-correct their occasional mispronunciation, and to approach fluent, native-like pronunciation.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    ELS1160     Reading Comprehension IV
    Description: This course focuses on the development of academic reading strategies and the acquisition of vocabulary. Students practise techniques necessary for success in academic programs. Skills such as skimming, scanning, predicting, making inferences, interpreting exam questions, and reading critically to comprehend and evaluate passages are acquired. Students produce summaries and graphic organizers of academic texts of college-level complexity. Vocabulary development is approached through a systematic analysis of word formation and study of context clues.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    ELS1220     Academic Writing IV

    Description: In this course, students learn the patterns of organization used in essay writing. Emphasis is placed on pre-writing techniques, proofreading, and editing. Research techniques such as library and internet use are developed. Students practice the academic style necessary for the production of essays at the college/university level. Students produce several short essays and reports, and research, format, and document a research paper. Plagiarism and its consequences are presented and discussed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    ELS1240     Listening and Speaking IV
    Description: This course focuses on academic communication skills necessary for success at a post-secondary level. In the listening component, students practise academic lecture comprehension and note-taking by listening to in-class lectures from a variety of academic fields. Skills such as predicting, evaluating and organizing lecture content are practiced. Students learn appropriate gambits and communication skills for in-class discussions and debates. Students study practical techniques for developing and delivering a variety of oral presentations and participate in individual and group presentations on academic topics.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    ELS1260     Grammar IV (Intensive English Language for Academic Studies)

    Description: In this course, students learn and practise complex grammatical structures appropriate to college/university level. The course includes a review of tenses and correct use of gerunds and infinitives. Clauses, modals, mixed and implied conditionals, passive voice, causative structure, and reported speech are also studied.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

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