English for Academic Studies

2017/18 Program Handbook

Program Code: 1324
School of Language and Communications Studies
Waterloo Campus

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide

Program Handbook Guidelines

The purpose of this handbook is to provide students with program-specific details and other important information. The material in this handbook is accurate at the date of posting, and is applicable for the current academic year. Students will be informed of handbook changes that occur, if any, through college email. Program handbooks are updated yearly and students must check their program handbook for the current edition. 


A Message from the Dean, Academic Administration

Welcome to Conestoga!

Congratulations on being accepted into the English Language Studies/English for Academic Studies Program offered through the Conestoga Language Institute at Conestoga College ITAL.

This program focuses on the development of the English language skills needed for success in post-secondary education in Canada. You will also take General Education courses which will give you an opportunity to use language within a variety of contexts.

Our faculty members are dedicated educators committed to providing a supportive learning environment. A variety of current language learning methods and techniques are used to encourage active participation in class and meaningful language practice to enhance language learning and acquisition.

This handbook provides you with specific information related to the academic standards, guidelines and protocols related to the Program. If you have any additional questions please contact your faculty, your coordinator or contact me directly.

I wish you all the very best in your studies.


Christine Buuck

Dean, Academic Administration

Program Academic Team

Dean, Academic Administration
Christine Buuck
Room: 2A139
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3675
Chair, Conestoga Language Institute
Crystal Brown
Room: 2A139
(519) 748-5220 ext. 2178

Administrative Assistant for the Conestoga Language Institute
Liliana Pereira
Room: 2A139
(519) 748-5220 ext. 3751

Program Coordinator/Professor (Waterloo)
Janice Bennett 
Room: 2A02
(519) 885-0300, ext. 5245

Lois Molto 
Room: 2A05
(519) 885-0300, ext. 5451


In addition to the full-time program faculty, a team of dedicated part-time faculty will work with you for the duration of this program. These include faculty from other Schools such as those teaching Student Success for Higher Learning. All faculty and support staff are available to assist you throughout the program.

Contact information for your teachers will be provided on the first day of the respective classes. Contact your teacher first, the coordinator second, and then the Administrative Assistant in the event of an emergency or school-related issue.

Program Overview

Program Description

This English Language for Academic Studies (ELAS) program focuses on the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills required for university studies. Concurrent with English studies, students take Student Success for Higher Learning, and a Mathematics or Computer science course at the University of Waterloo.

Program Curriculum Sequence/ Design

The following is the anticipated sequence of the program beginning in September 2017. Occasionally, minor program design changes do occur and students are notified of these changes.

Course Name Hours per Week
Academic Writing 6 hours
Pronunciation 3 hours
Reading Comprehension 4 hours
Listening and Speaking 4 hours
Student Success for Higher Learning 3 hours
Math or Computer Science at UW 3-5 classroom hours

Program Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to

  1. Communicate effectively at a level appropriate to access further academic and vocational studies.
  2. Use complex language structures to convey meaning clearly in both written and oral communication in an academic setting.
  3. Identify, evaluate, and correct individual grammar and pronunciation difficulties in speech and writing for academic purposes.
  4. Interpret academic level texts critically using a variety of reading skills as appropriate.
  5. Apply a systematic approach to vocabulary expansion tailored to individual academic and career goals.
  6. Differentiate between and produce a variety of writing styles and formats used in college/university courses.
  7. Develop skills in researching, drafting, editing and proofreading a variety of written materials reflecting individual academic/career plans.
  8. Identify key information in post-secondary lectures and talks in order to take study notes and demonstrate listening comprehension.
  9. Participate effectively in discussions, presentations and informal dialogues which take place in an academic setting. 
  10. Utilize critical thinking and problem solving techniques in the application of research techniques to both oral and written academic assignments.
  11. Identify and employ effective study skills and strategies for success in post-secondary studies in an English language context.
  12. Analyze various aspects of Canadian culture as they appear in academic texts and talks.

Student Services

Refer to your “Student Guide” for Conestoga’s student services information.


On the first day of classes, a Conestoga representative; the Math/ ELAS coordinator at UW; and the CC ELAS coordinator visit each class and review program protocols and requirements. Network IDs will be provided to allow students to log in to the college computer system. Students will be given instructions on obtaining lockers and parking passes. Within the first two weeks of classes, Conestoga College student I.D. cards are issued. A presentation on counselling services is given.

Program Information and Requirements

Academic Assistance

The program coordinator and faculty can advise you on specific program and course information. Access the Conestoga website for assistance provided through Accessibility Services.

Academic Dates

Refer to the University of Waterloo: Math/ELAS for academic dates relating to your Math/Computer Science courses.

Courses follow the Instructional Plans provided on eConestoga in the “Course Information” module. Access is available prior to the first day of classes.

Academic Standing and Promotion to Full-time Studies at UW Requirements

The following criteria must be met:

  1. Students must pass all courses; the minimum passing mark is 70% (55% for Student Success for Higher Learning).
  2. Students who fail (1) one course may possibly be allowed to continue to full-time studies at UW at the discretion of UW.
  3. Students who fail two courses may possibly be allowed to repeat the ELAS program at the discretion of UW.


The ELAS program provides multiple opportunities to practice English skills for academic purposes. In order for you to benefit from these opportunities, regular attendance is expected throughout the program. Please inform your teachers of any absences. In the case of missed assessments, read the section, “Evaluations.”

Clearance of Academic Deficiency

Supplemental Exams

Any student who has failed a course may apply for a supplemental in order to pass providing the student meets the eligibility requirements to complete the supplemental as outlined below.

It is the responsibility of the student to indicate to the course instructor and the Coordinator his/her intent to clear the deficiency. This must be done within five (5) working days after the final grade was posted. Within this time the course instructor, Coordinator, and student must complete the 'Supplemental Authorization and Terms' Form (RO 479) and the student must take this completed form to the Registrar's Office and pay the required fee.

Since the marks for the Fall semester are not released until just before the Christmas break, it may not be possible to give formal permission for the supplemental until the beginning of the Winter semester. In this case Form (RO 479) must be completed and submitted to the Registrar's Office and fees paid within five (5) working days from the beginning of the Winter semester.

Note: To be eligible to write a supplemental, the student must have a failing grade of not less than 65% in no more than one core language course at their level.

A successful completion of the supplemental will result in a final grade mark of 70%, which is the minimum passing grade for the course.


Conestoga College email accounts will be used as the primary method of communication between instructors, the College, and the students. You are expected to check your email accounts regularly for messages and updates.

Equipment, Supplies, and Texts

A list of textbooks and materials required for each level is provided on the first day of the semester.

Evaluations (Deadlines, Tests, and Examinations)

The following protocols for missed assignments will be followed:

1.A If a student contacts the teacher before the due date with a reasonable explanation, the teacher will set a new date in discussion with the student. The teacher will use his/her discretion to determine whether an explanation is reasonable. If the teacher determines that an explanation is not reasonable, section 1.B applies.

1.B If a student does not contact the teacher regarding a missed assignment or has not given a reasonable explanation for a missed assignment, an automatic 5% will be deducted for each day the assignment is late up to ten working days after the due date. After this time, the student will receive a grade of 0 for the missed assignment.

The following protocols for missed tests or exams will be followed:

2.A All tests and examinations are to be written on the dates and at the times scheduled. A student must notify the teacher before the beginning of class by email if he/she is not able to write a test in order to have one opportunity to write a make-up test without losing marks. Without prior notification, students will have one opportunity to re- take the test at a later date for a maximum grade of a pass.

2.B Instructors will make use of the test centre for make-up testing for students, or work together in consultation with the coordinator to provide proctoring opportunities.

If a student misses a mid-term or final exam, prior notification and/or appropriate documentation must be provided in order for the student to have an opportunity to reschedule. It is up to the faculty member to reschedule the exam for the student.

Standards of Conduct and Professional Practice

Refer to your “Student Guide” for “Student Code of Conduct Policy” on Conestoga's website.

Student Feedback

Student feedback is an essential component of our continuous improvement process. Opportunities for student feedback include completing Student Appraisal of Teaching (SAT) forms, attending forums and completing feedback forms.


Facility Information

Refer to the Student Guide for facility information, including hours of operation and closure practices.

Safety Protocols

Refer to the Student Guide for Conestoga’s Safety and Security Services and procedures.

Policies and Procedures

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 
Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following: 
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Integrity Policy & Violation of Academic Integrity Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Academic Credential Procedure
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Eligibility to Participate in Co-op Work Terms Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Honours Policy & Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Code of Conduct Policy
  • Student Concerns and Issues Policy & Procedure
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfill and enforce these standards.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Program Revision Log
Revision Date Scope of Changes
06/15/2017 Program information revised

Accommodation Disclaimer

Conestoga College is dedicated to promoting an equitable environment where students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga College recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

The Program Handbook is intended to provide general information with respect to program expectations. There may be individual accommodations and/or medical circumstances that require exceptions. For example, students may need to be accommodated for a missed assignment or evaluation. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services are not required to provide an additional doctor's note for a missed or late evaluation. For more information about Accessibility Services please drop in or visit our website.

We recognize that other extenuating circumstances may apply. Consult with your Professor. All exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Chair.