English for Academic Studies
- Program Code:
- Conestoga Language Institute
- Academic Year:
- 2018 / 2019
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the ProgramThis four-level English for Academic Studies program focuses on the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills required for college/university studies. Students start at a level determined by scores on an in-house placement test or an internationally-recognized English language test such as TOEFL or IELTS. In levels 2 and 3, students reinforce English skills through Canadian Perspectives courses, as well as through core English skills courses. Concurrent with English studies in Level 4, students take post-secondary credit courses including Student Success for Higher Learning.
Domestic students (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and refugees or convention refugees) wishing to pursue English language studies should enrol in General Arts and Science: English Language Studies.
Program InformationLength: One-year Certificate program
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2018 - Fall
Doon (Kitchener) - October/2018 - Fall
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2019 - Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - March/2019 - Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - May/2019 - Spring/Summer
Doon (Kitchener) - July/2019 - Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener) and Waterloo
Start: September, January and May
First-Year Capacity: 150
- You must be at least 18 years of age to enter the EAS program of study.
- Complete and submit an application form through the International Education Office.
- Applicants to the program will be required to write the in-house Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) to determine placement in the correct level in the program OR submit test scores from internationally recognized English language tests for placement in the correct level in the program, e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, TWE, MELAB, EIKEN.
- The following criteria must be met in order to progress to the next level of the program:
- Students must pass all core courses; the minimum passing mark is 70%.
- Students who fail one (1) or more courses must retake all core courses at that level.
- Students who fail one (1) core course may be allowed to continue at the discretion of the department.
- Students who fail more than one (1) core course in the same level twice will be discontinued from the program.
- Level 4 students who fail two or more core courses must retake all core courses at Level 4.
- One core course failed at Level 4 must be retaken, and a maximum of two credits may be allowed in that semester in some diploma programs in the college.
- CORE COURSES: Listening/Speaking, Pronunciation, Writing, Reading, Canadian Perspectives 1 & 2.
Tuition & Fees
Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
International fee details for the 2018-2019 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceFinancial Assistance is not available for this program.
Graduate OpportunitiesStudents who have successfully completed this program will have met the English language requirements for most post-secondary diploma programs at Conestoga.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
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|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
Description: This is the first of four courses in pronunciation. In this course, students begin to learn to produce vowel and consonant sounds through identification of articulators and areas of articulation, air pathways, and vibration of vocal cords. Stress and intonation are introduced.
|ELS1610||Reading Comprehension I
Description: This is the first of four courses in reading. Vocabulary building is the major focus in this course. Students also practice scanning for information in a variety of everyday texts. Recognizing basic grammatical sentence elements is also emphasized. Both intensive and extensive reading are encouraged.
|ELS1620||Listening and Speaking I
Description: Students learn language functions used in social interaction. Topics such as the use of telephone and banking services are introduced. Discussion centres around clothing, entertainment, and health. Listening exercises improve aural comprehension.
|ELS1630||Written Communication Skills I
Description: This is the first of four courses in written communication. Students learn the basic grammatical structures used in speech and writing, with emphasis on the use of basic tense forms and familiarity with the functions of the parts of speech. Basic rules of lexicography are covered. This is then applied to paragraph development. Journal writing is introduced.
Description: This is the second of four courses in pronunciation. Factors affecting comprehensibility such as syllable and sentence stress and unstress, intonation and rhythm are a focus. Students continue to learn to produce vowel and consonant sounds and to practice pronunciation features such as linking and spelling/sound correspondence. The correspondence between pronunciation and paralinguistic cues is introduced.
|ELS1650||Reading Comprehension II
Description: This is the second of four courses in reading. Students continue to work on scanning exercises as well as begin to skim short texts related to topics such as health, education, and entertainment. In this course, students begin to focus on recognizing a variety of reading structures. Students use both top-down and bottom-up processing skills to decode meaning from texts. Vocabulary building continues to be a major focus in this course.
|ELS1660||Listening and Speaking II
Description: Students review and continue to learn language functions used in social interaction. Topics such as the use of telephone and banking services are continued. Discussion of emergency procedures, health, entertainment, and education continue. Listening exercises improve aural comprehension, and dictations introduce lecture note-taking skills. Impromptu speeches on a variety of general topics are introduced.
|ELS1670||Written Communication Skills II
Description: This is the second of four courses in written communication. Emphasis is placed on the development and use of basic English structures and verb tenses, including present perfect and past progressive tenses, past participles, modals and gerunds. Structures are practiced in several paragraph types leading to the production of simple essays. In addition, students are required to keep a journal throughout the course. The writing of simple business and personal letters is encouraged.
|LIBS1790||Canadian Perspectives I
Description: This course introduces students to issues relevant to life in Canada. Students will acquire a basic knowledge of geography, history and government as well as the social and cultural aspects of Canada through current print and electronic materials.
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 them, and move toward more natural-sounding speech.
|ELS1690||Reading Comprehension III
Description: In this course, students develop analytical and comprehension skills through reading and studying texts of intermediate-level complexity. Pre-reading skills as well as study skills such as making graphic organizers, summarizing, and analyzing formatted text are practised within an academic context. The vocabulary component includes recognition and use of context clues, study of common roots and affixes, and building of academic vocabulary.
|ELS1700||Listening and Speaking III
Description: In this course, students develop fluency in an interactive environment while participating in discussions/debates based on the content of in-class lectures. Students learn appropriate gambits and communication skills for a variety of social situations. Academic skills such as lecture note-taking and presentation skills are introduced and practised. Students deliver several presentations.
|ELS1710||Written Communication Skills III
Description: In this course, students learn the rules of structure necessary to produce clear and grammatically correct paragraphs and essays appropriate to college/university level proficiency. The course includes an in-depth study of verb tenses. Modals, conditionals, gerunds, infinitives, and prepositions are also studied. Students will develop and employ pre-writing, outlining, and editing techniques used in academic writing. Students will write business messages, several short essays reflecting various patterns of essay organization, and a brief research project. Plagiarism and its consequences are presented and discussed.
|LIBS1800||Canadian Perspectives II
Description: This course enables students to explore the geographical, historical, economical, and political aspects of Canada. In addition, students will research academic and professional aspects of career development in Canada. Current print and electronic materials allow students to examine the challenges and opportunities presented in contemporary Canada.
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.
|ELS1730||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.
|ELS1740||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.
|ELS1750||Written Communication Skills IV
Description: In this course, students learn and apply complex grammatical structures appropriate to post-secondary level writing, including a review of tenses, gerunds and infinitives. Clauses, modals, conditionals, passive voice, and reported speech are also studied. Emphasis is placed on organizational patterns, prewriting techniques, proofreading, and editing. Research techniques such as library and Internet use are developed. Students produce several short essays and reports, and research, format, and document a research paper. Plagiarism and its consequences are presented and discussed.
|LIBS1810||Student Success for Higher Learning
Description: This course enables students to know and believe in themselves by taking advantage of resources and opportunities that will support their success in college. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for achieving their academic, career and personal goals for reaching personal satisfaction.
Electives: Program Option
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
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Please note that all courses may not be offered in all semesters. Go to your student portal for full timetabling details under "My Courses".
|COMP1057||Business Computing Applications I
Description: During this course, the student will learn to effectively use the Windows operating system, apply word processing techniques, create basic business presentations, and explore the power of spreadsheets. Students will also learn the skills necessary to operate effectively within the Conestoga College computing environment. An emphasis will be placed on the development of solutions to business problems using commonly available microcomputer tools.
|ELS1760||English Skills - IELTS and TOEFL Preparation
Description: This course is designed to provide an overview of the knowledge and skills required for a non-native speaker of English to successfully complete the TOEFL and IELTS tests. Students are taught the listening skills, grammatical structures, reading skills, writing skills, and language functions required to complete both the written and oral sections of these tests. Students will practise answering questions such as those found on the TOEFL and IELTS, and write one practice test of each. One half of the course hours will be spent on each test. Test-taking strategies are also included.
|LIBS1025||Indigenous Studies: The North American Journey
Description: This course explores Canada's First Nations people's relationships with land, resources, cultures, and each other, as well as historical and contemporary relationships between Aboriginal people and settler governments in Canada. The course includes an overview of Indigenous cultures, colonialism, cultural and political re-emergence, and the importance of the wampum belt. The Truth and Reconciliation Report, UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal people, and the Ipperwash Inquiry will serve as core learning tools. Supporting the maintenance and revitalization of traditional indigenous values, languages, cultural identity and spirituality is highlighted. This is an experiential course and participation is required. Field trips will include a visit to the Residential School in Brantford, the building of a sweat lodge, and a visit to Crawford Lake.
Description: This course will help students to appreciate the interactions that occur between various natural processes in the oceans on a planetary scale. The students will develop an enhanced awareness of how the oceans influence humans' everyday life. They will better understand the processes that shape and transform the components of the Earth systems from planetary and regional prospective.
|LIBS1076||Anishinaabe 13 Moons: Awakening the Spiral
Description: Explore a year of Anishinaabe life by being exposed to various cultural activities practiced throughout a thirteen moon cycle. Anishinaabe is the name of an indigenous people who thrived throughout the woodlands of present day Canada and includes the Ojibway, Mississaugas, and Odawa. By honouring the earth, fire, wind, and water the Anishinaabe lived harmoniously with all of creation. Customary teachings including storytelling, maple sugar making, fishing, wild harvesting, planting, fasting, and sweat lodge ceremonies. These activities are known collectively as “the way of a good life." Awaken the spiral within and learn the four pillars of the Anishinaabe worldview.
Description: The Olympics can be the defining moment for athletes, participating teams, and host countries. This General Education course will take an in-depth look at the impact of the Olympic Games from a social, political, economic, historical, and cultural perspective that can impact both the athlete and the country. The Olympics have altered the way we view traditional sport and this course will dive into controversial topics such as doping, amateur status, gender, and the view of the Olympic journey from varying perspectives.
|LIBS1171||Introduction to Astronomy
Description: In this course, the student will acquire a basic understanding of the universe, what it is made of, and the inter-relationships between galaxies, stars, and planets. The course begins with a brief overview of astronomy including discussions on the motion of stars and planets, the cycles of the moon, the history of astronomy, and an introduction to telescopes. In the next section of this course, students learn about our solar system with an emphasis on comparative planetology, and will take part in discussions of life on other planets. The course continues with a deeper understanding of stars: what they are made of, how they are formed, and how they evolve. In the final part, students will take a look at the nature of galaxies, cosmology, and current ideas regarding space and time.
|LIBS1481||The Pleasure and Purpose of Music
Description: How does John Williams unify the Star Wars films through music? Why does the sitar music of Ravi Shankar put people in a trance? What is it about African drum music that makes people want to dance? The goal of this course is to enable students to understand the materials of music and music in four main social contexts throughout history: music in sacred spaces, music for the stage and screen, music among friends and music in public places. Musical developments will be explored from ancient to modern times. Through interactive activities and discussions, students will discover how music can both bring us pleasure and have purpose in our lives.
|LIBS1961||Exploring the World of Classical Myth
Description: This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the compelling world of Greek Myths from the prehistoric Mediterranean through the Classical world and beyond, reaching out to 21st century. The course emphasizes the broad diversity of cultural traditions as well as the role of the Greeks and their city-states at the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa, exploring classical mythology across the ancient lands stretching from Spain to India, and from the Eurasian steppes to Ethiopia. The legacy of Greek culture helps us to understand what is considered classical and based on core human values. Through interactive lectures, hands-on activities, discussions, and investigative assignments students will experience myth by taking the roles of viewers, listeners, readers and performers. They will examine the nature of myth in multi-faceted and authentic contexts. Students will also uncover the historical kernels of truth behind intricate mythical plots and characters. They will become familiar with the power of eternal literary narratives, archetypal concepts, images and symbols. Seminal discoveries in ancient history, classical archaeology, cultural anthropology, gender studies, psychology, astronomy, and other sciences will assist them with the exploration and in-depth understanding of the universal appeal of Greek Mythology to contemporary society.
|LIBS1991||Restless Planet: Understanding Natural Disasters
Description: In this course, students will examine the dynamic interrelationships between physical (geological, atmospheric and hydrological) processes that cause various natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, landslides, wildfires, and weather related hazards. The main emphasis is to provide the students the tools to apply scientific concepts to our everyday experiences of natural disasters. Through scientific inquiry and active learning, such as case studies, interactive lectures, and assignments, the students will learn to analyze and evaluate the impact of the natural disasters on human population (environmental, socio-economic, political, cultural.)
- Communicate effectively at a level appropriate to access further academic and vocational studies.
- Use complex language structures to convey meaning clearly in both written and oral communication in an academic setting.
- Identify, evaluate, and correct individual grammar and pronunciation difficulties in speech and writing in multiple contexts.
- Interpret academic-level texts critically using a variety of reading skills as appropriate.
- Apply a systematic approach to vocabulary expansion tailored to individual academic and career goals.
- Differentiate between and produce a variety of writing styles and formats used in college/university contexts.
- Identify main ideas and supporting details in post-secondary lectures and talks in order to demonstrate listening comprehension.
- Participate effectively in both formal and informal discussions and presentations in academic contexts.
- Develop skills in researching, drafting, editing, and proof-reading a variety of written documents reflecting individual academic and career goals.
- Utilize critical thinking and problem solving techniques in the application of research techniques to both oral and written academic assignments.
- Employ effective study skills and strategies for success in post-secondary studies in an English language context.
- Discuss various aspects of Canadian culture related to social and educational contexts.
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