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General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (International)

Algonquin College
1 year
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

Program description

General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (International)

The language skills you need for the life you want.

The General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Ontario College Certificate program is an academically-oriented English as a Second Language (ESL) Program designed for International and Canadian students whose first language is not English.

Improve your academic English language skills for college and job success in a dynamic multicultural setting. Upon successful completion of the program, you obtain an Ontario College Certificate, which provides a pathway into post-secondary studies by satisfying the language requirements for entry into most programs offered at Algonquin College.

The EAP Placement Test determines your starting point in the program, ranging from low-intermediate to low-advanced language skills. As you move through the program, you actively participate in a variety of large and small group activities that provide engaging opportunities to practice the four language skills of:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Smaller class sizes allow for ample feedback from your instructors on all in-class and online assignments. Additional features include regular visits to our well-equipped language lab and elective courses that provide opportunities to develop areas of personal interest.

Your classmates from countries all over the world bring with them a wealth of cultural perspectives and life experiences to share. The opportunities to grow your language skills are not limited to the classroom. As an International student or a newcomer to Canada, you can benefit from the many opportunities to apply your developing language skills in the nation`s capital city.

Admission requirements

Program eligibility

  • All applicants must complete a placement test through the Test Centre and will be required to pay the current fee of $50 (subject to change).
  • Applicants who have previously obtained scores on standardized tests (IELTS,TOEFL, or CAEL) may not be required to take the placement test.
  • Applicants who have completede Pre-EAP with a minimum grade of B- in every course are not required to take the placement test.
  • A minimum of high-beginner English is required for admission. Applicants who test below this level are eligible to take Pre-EAP.

Success factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Do not speak English as their first language.
  • Are motivated to pursue further post-secondary studies.
  • Desire an intensive immersion experience in the English language and Canadian culture.
  • Enjoy a dynamic multicultural environment.
  • Are committed to pursuing a career that requires advanced English language skills.

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Program content

Core courses include:

Level 01

  • Basic Academic Reading Part A
  • Basic Academic Writing Part A
  • Basic Academic Listening and Speaking Part A

Level 02

  • Basic Academic Reading Part B
  • Basic Academic Writing Part B
  • Basic Academic Listening and Speaking Part B
  • Pronounciation Strategies

Level 03

  • Intermediate Academic Reading Part A
  • Intermediate Academic Writing Part A
  • Intermediate Academic Listening and Speaking Part A

Level 04

  • Intermediate Academic Reading Part B
  • Intermediate Academic Writing Part B
  • Intermediate Academic Listening and Speaking Part B
  • Discover Ottawa

Level 05

  • Advanced Academic Reading Part A
  • Advanced Academic Writing Part A
  • Advanced Academic Listening and Speaking Part A
  • Healthy Lifestyle

Level 06

  • Advanced Academic Reading Part B
  • Advanced Academic Writing Part B
  • Advanced Academic Listening and Speaking Part B
  • Using English Beyond the Classroom

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the college website.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 



Ontario College Certificate

Learning outcomes

  • Analyze a variety of authentic readings from a range of subjects.
  • Critically read and analyze academic texts using effective reading and note-taking strategies.
  • Develop and apply fundamental skills and strategies to ensure academic success in post-secondary studies.
  • Conduct research and write essays and/or reports to ensure success in post-secondary studies.
  • Communicate competently at the level required for postsecondary studies, showing flexibility and clarity of thought and expression.
  • Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

About this institute

Algonquin College

Consider Algonquin’s unique campuses Algonquin College offers an experience that includes personalized learning and industry-ready skills through field-work, work placement and co-op. Employers value the combination of theory and experiential learning, at Algonquin College you get it all. In addition...

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