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ESL@Algoma – Explore. Study. Lead.

ESL@Algoma was established in 2002. It is Languages Canada accredited and all courses are taught by qualified and experienced instructors. 

The program is open to all non-native speakers of English who would like to improve their language skills and/or to prepare for academic study in Canada. 

Below you will find information on the two types programs we offer: 

  • English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP) – Online and In-Person
  • Short-Term ESL Program (STEP)

 

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CONTACT

esl@algomau.ca
705-949-2301, ext. 1035
Office location on SSM Campus: SH200, right across from the international lounge “The Globe”

 

Starting 2020 July, ESL@Algoma’s EAPP offers fully online programs. You can study English wherever you are! Please see “Program Overview” below for more detail.

 

Why EAPP online?

Convenient

  • Accessible from anywhere you are
  • No Canadian Study Permit required
  • No textbooks required

 

Unique

  • Earn credits toward academic study (eligible for Level 4 and Level 5)
  • Level 5 Bridging Program allows students to take 3 academic courses alongside EAPP classes

 

Engaging

  • Meet students around the world
  • Small class size (5-15 students in class)
  • 20-25 hours of live online lessons per week
  • An integrated skills approach for listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar
  • Up-to-date online technologies to enrich student engagement

 

Flexible Placement Methods

  • A placement test is available to determine the appropriate level of study.
  • If the students have taken a standardized English test before (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL), the test scores will be accepted for the placement. However, ESL@Algoma reserves the right to administer the Placement Test if deemed necessary.

 

Which level will you start at? Click the Entry Requirement below to learn more.

 

Upcoming Dates and Fees

2020 SUMMER SEMESTER2020 FALL SEMESTER
Program datesJuly 17 - August 28 (online)

- for Level 4 and Level 5 students
- L5 students will also take 1 academic course alongside
Level 3 & 4 (online):
Intake 1: Sep. 1 - Oct. 23;
Intake 2: Oct. 27 - Dec. 18

Level 5 (online):
Intake 1:
- Sep. 9 - Dec. 4 (12 weeks )
- Take 2-3 academic courses alongside
- Eligible for 3 transfer credits

Intake 2:
- Oct. 27 - Dec. 18 (8 weeks)
- No academic course alongside
- Not eligible for 3 transfer credits
Program fees
$3500 for each level$3750 for each level
Applicable additional fees
- Ancillary fees: $327 CAD (approximately)
- UHIP (health insurance): $212 CAD - this is mandatory for students physically in Canada.
- Ancillary fees: $327 CAD (approximately)
- UHIP (health insurance): $212 CAD - this is mandatory for students physically in Canada.
Date of placement testPlease contact esl@algomau.ca to make arrangements if you don’t have any standardized English test scores.Please contact esl@algomau.ca to make arrangements if you don’t have any standardized English test scores.

Please note that all on-campus sessions are currently suspended due to COVID-19. For the 2020 Fall semester, we will update this page in June when more information becomes available. 

Features

  • Earn credits toward your degree (eligible for Level 4 and Level 5)
  • Level 5 Bridging Program allows students to take 3 academic courses alongside EAPP classes
  • 14 weeks to complete each level
  • 24-30 hours of instruction per week
  • Small class size (5-15 students in class)
  • Fun cultural outings throughout the semester
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Placement test upon arrival to determine appropriate level of study. If the students have taken a standardized English test before (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL), the test scores will be accepted for the placement. However, ESL@Algoma reserves the right to administer the Placement Test if deemed necessary.

Level 2: Intermediate I 

Course features: 

  • Core Courses: Reading/Writing, Speaking/Listening, Grammar
  • Students must achieve 75% average with 70%+ in each core course to progress to the next level.

Level 3: Upper-intermediate Intermediate II

Course features: 

  • Core Courses: Reading/Writing, Speaking/Listening, Grammar
  • Students must achieve 75% average with 70%+ in each core course to progress to the next level.

Level 4: Advanced

Course features: 

  • Core Courses: Critical Thinking, Writing, Oral Presentation Skills, Listening and Note-Taking, Grammar
  • Students achieving 80% average or higher earn 3 credits
  • Students achieving between 70-79% average in their core courses must enter the Bridging Program with the following stipulations:
    • 70-74% : proceed to BP + two academic courses (6 credits)
    • 75%-79% : proceed to BP + three academic courses (9 credits)
  • Students failing to achieve 70% in average must repeat the L4 program.

Level 5: Bridging Program 

Course features: 

  • Eligible to enroll in 2-3 academic courses.
  • Academic advising to assist with course selection.
  • Full reading and writing support for academic assignments and all course content.
  • ESL classes: 6-9 hours per week, flexible to fit each student’s academic time table.
  • Focusing on four core competencies: Communication Skills, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Global Understanding and Intercultural Relations, Professional and Ethical Behavior.
  • Recognize students’ achievements in and outside the classroom.
  • Exit requirements:
    • Successful completion of academic course(s) and completion of the BP classes with an average of 70% or higher

 

Which level will you start at? Click the Entry Requirement below to learn more.

ESL@Algoma has the expertise to offer a customized program ranging from three to five weeks for international clients and partners with specific focuses on:

  • Volunteerism
  • Leadership and team management
  • Canadian cultural experience
  • Canadian business and entrepreneurship
  • Canadian fine arts and indigenous arts
  • English language training for working professionals

Through the STEP, students gain valuable learning experience not only through instruction in the classroom but also through carefully planned activities outside the campus. The program organizes various volunteer opportunities and educational outings so STEP participants can explore Sault Ste. Marie’s beautiful surroundings in depth.

We sincerely invite schools and partners to contact us at esl@algomau.ca to get more information on costs and available dates throughout the year. ESL@Algoma also welcomes individuals to join the program. Please visit the Contact section below to submit an inquiry regarding the program dates and costs.

The ESL Team

ESL@Algoma is Languages Canada accredited, and all of our instructors are either TESL Ontario or TESL Canada certified.

If you’re not sure where to begin and need additional information, contact us by filling out the form below.

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