General Arts and Science: English Language Studies
- Ontario College Certificate
- College Code:
- Conestoga Language Institute
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
About the ProgramOur four-level English Language 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.
This program is designed for domestic students whose first language is not English. Students on an international study permit should enrol in English for Academic Studies.
Program InformationLength: Four-level Ontario College Certificate program
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - May/2018 - Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September, January and May (Levels 1, 2, 3&4)
First-Year Capacity: 300
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
- Applicants to the program will be required to write the in-house Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) to determine placement in the correct level of 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
- CORE COURSES: Listening/Speaking, Pronunciation, Writing, Reading, Canadian Perspectives 1 & 2.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
International fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesStudents who have successfully completed level 4 of this program will have met the English language requirement 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.
Learn more about PLAR.
|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.
|ELS1130||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.
|ELS1170||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.
|ELS1350||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.
|ELS1140||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.
|ELS1180||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.
|ELS1360||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.
|LIBS1020||Canadian Perspectives I
Description: IELTS/TOEFL and Canadian Language Benchmarks Level 4/5 Reading.
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.
|ELS1150||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.
|ELS1190||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.
|ELS1370||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.
|LIBS1030||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.
|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.
|ELS1200||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.
|ELS1380||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.
|LIBS1540||Student Success for Higher Learning
Description: This course enables students to develop skills that will enhance their success in college. Students will identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for success in their academic and personal lives.
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".
|COMP1893||Introduction to Word Processing and Spreadsheets
Description: During this course, students will learn to effectively use the Windows operating system, apply word processing techniques, create 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 software tools.
|ELS1210||English Skills - IELTS and TOEFL Preparation
Description: You will develop the knowledge and skills required to successfully complete the TOEFL and IELTS tests. Students will practise answering questions such as those found on the TOEFL and IELTS, and write one complete practice test of each. For information and to register for IELTS testing, click on: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/ielts/testdates.jsp
|HEAL1020||Wellness: The Better You
Description: This course will introduce students to the concept of wellness. You will develop strategies for a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of your life. Through traditional lectures and experiential learning activities you will learn through both individual and group processes. You will investigate wellness as it applies to mindfulness, self-responsibility, social/emotional development, stress-management, physical activity, substance abuse, nutrition, and complementary health. "Wellness - The Better You" provides the opportunity to evaluate your present lifestyle, identify your successes and develop areas requiring personal growth.
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.
Description: This course is designed to increase awareness and appreciation of the religious diversity of our global and local communities, and to develop inter-religious understanding through reflection on various religions' responses to universal human issues. Specifically, this course will examine the origin, development, worldview and values of Religions originating in the Americas and Africa, Indian Religions including Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions including Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto. We will study the religions arising from the Family of Abraham including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will also examine the ancient religions of Iraq and Iran. Finally, we will investigate some of the alternative religions including the Baha'i, the Church of Satan, Wicca, and Scientology. Moreover, this course will explore how the deeply rooted nature of our religious convictions has both the power to give meaning and passion to our human chaos, but also to debase, and even destroy our humanity. Students will have opportunity to consider their own religious expectations and values and to analyze their impact on personal goals.
|LIBS1160||Essentials Of Canadian History
Description: This course is a study of some of the major themes of Canadian history from Confederation to the present. It is designed to increase the student's understanding of how our past influences and engages with the present, and how we are shaping our future. This aligns with the general education themes of Social & Cultural Understanding and Civic Life.
|LIBS1480||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.
|LIBS1920||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.
|LIBS1990||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.)
|PSYC1080||Social Psychology: Social Thinking and Influence
Description: Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, influence and relate to one another. Students will be introduced to theories and research concerning social thinking. Topics related to this concept include the development of our ‘social self', how we explain our own behaviour and the behaviour of others, our self-fulfilling beliefs, and the relation between our attitudes and behaviours. Students will also be introduced to theories and research concerning social influence. Topics include the relation between culture and gender roles, conformity, persuasion and group influence. Throughout the course, the methods used by social psychologists to study social thinking and social influence will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the application of social psychological principles to our understanding of everyday behaviour. This course is designed to meet the themes of social understanding and personal development.
- Identify and correct his/her individual grammar difficulties.
- Demonstrate competence in the use of complex grammatical structures in both speaking and writing.
- Differentiate between and produce the basic writing styles and formats used in college/university courses.
- Develop editing and proof reading skills.
- Produce a portfolio of English language written material.
- Develop a systematic approach to academic reading and vocabulary expansion.
- Recognize and correct his/her pronunciation difficulties.
- Initiate and participate in group discussions.
- Prepare and give a presentation/session.
- Identify his/her own learning styles and develop individual learning strategies.
- Utilize effective study skills techniques.
- Utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
- Communicate effectively at a level appropriate to access further academic and vocational studies.
- Apply research techniques needed for English language post-secondary studies (including Internet access).
- Apply the basic techniques of career exploration to develop an academic/career plan.
- Outline the elements of Canadian culture, geography and history.
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