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English for Academic Studies

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1324
School:
Conestoga Language Institute
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018
Accelerated Delivery?
No

About the Program

This 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.

Domestic students (Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and refugee claimants) wishing to pursue English language studies should enrol in General Arts and Science: English Language Studies.

Program Information

Length: One-year Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall
         Doon (Kitchener) - October/2017 - Fall
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2018 - Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - March/2018 - Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - May/2018 - Spring/Summer
         Doon (Kitchener) - July/2018 - Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener) and Waterloo
Start: September, January, and May
First-Year Capacity: 150

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

International fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is not available for this program.

Graduate Opportunities

Students 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: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga 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.

Program Courses

Course Details (1324)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ELS1600 Pronunciation I

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.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
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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.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
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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.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5
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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.
Hours: 112
Credits: 8
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Level 2
ELS1640 Pronunciation II

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.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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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.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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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.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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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.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6
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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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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Level 3
ELS1680 Pronunciation III

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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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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.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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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.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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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 journal entries, business messages, several short essays reflecting various patterns of essay organization, and a brief research project. Plagiarism and its consequences are presented and discussed.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6
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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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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Level 4
ELS1720 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: 42
Credits: 3
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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.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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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.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
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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.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6
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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.
It provides a structured and supportive learning environment to help students define and develop the academic habits and skills for a successful transition to a Canadian college culture. The course will address the diverse issues facing students who are beginning their academic path in college.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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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".

COMP1894 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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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HEAL1690 Wellness: The Better You

Description: This one-semester 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, spirituality, 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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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LIBS1036 Oceans

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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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LIBS1820 World Religions

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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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LIBS1831 Theatre Arts

Description: This course introduces students to the fundamentals of live performance with a focus on voice, movement and character development. Students learn techniques for memorization and creating characters through mental preparation, voice and physicality. Students will develop the craft of memorizing and performing scripted pieces both on their own and in groups and will learn the fundamentals of improvisation. An appreciation of theatre is developed through an examination of the history of theatre and by attending and reviewing a live stage performance.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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LIBS1840 Essentials Of Canadian History

Description: This course is a study of recurrent themes in public affairs within the historical context of the development of Canada from Confederation to the present. It is designed to increase the student's understanding of how our past conditions our present and to develop an understanding of the forces which will shape our future.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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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.)
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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PSYC1171 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.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
MAR, 2018 Doon Open
MAY, 2018 Doon Open
JUL, 2018 Doon Open
SEP, 2018 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students
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