Intensive English Language for Academic Studies

About the Program

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 entry.

Program Information

Length: 8-week Certificate program
Location: Waterloo
Start: July
First-Year Capacity: 30

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2019-2020 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for Intensive English Language for Academic Studies - Program # 0689

Waterloo - Spring 2020 Level 1 (Program Start: 2020-07-02)
Description Spring 2020
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00
Session Total $1483.00
Year Total $1483.00

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for
Intensive English Language for Academic Studies - Program # 0689

Waterloo - Spring 2020 Level 1 (Program Start: 2020-07-02)
Description Spring 2020
International Program Tuition $5500.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00
CSI International Health Fee– Session $82.50
Session Total $5717.50
Year Total $5717.50

Graduate Opportunities

Students who have successfully completed 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:

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 (0689)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
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: 42
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: 56
Credits: 4

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: 42
Credits: 3

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.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6

Program Outcomes

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Program Handbook


Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using the Ontario International applicant portal. Please note that not all programs are open to international students; check the list of open programs on our International Student Programs web page before applying.
For additional program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.