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English as a Second Language

ESL@Algoma: A Community of Students Learning Together

International ESL students, regardless of their background or country of origin, are welcome to come to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to experience a Canadian experience while they study English. ESL@Algoma was established in 2002. It 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.

The program is Languages Canada accredited, and all of the teaching staff are either TESL Ontario or TESL Canada certified. ESL@Algoma is open to all non-native speakers of English who have a serious desire to improve their language skills and/or prepare for academic study. Below you will find information on the two programs we offer: English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP) and Short-Term ESL Program (STEP)

Earn credits upon completing EAPP!

Students who complete EAPP Level 4 (Advanced Program) or EAPP Level 5 (Bridging Program) with an average of 80 per cent or above will earn three (3) transfer credits (HUMA 9101, first-year non-equivalent) toward their degree studies.

  • Earn credits toward your degree
  • Languages Canada accredited
  • Experienced, trained staff certified by either TESL Ontario or TESL Canada
  • Five levels of programs including a Beginners Program (Level 1) and a Bridging Program (Level 5)
  • 14 weeks to complete each level
  • 24-30 hours of instruction per week
  • Small class size (5-15 students in class)
  • An integrated skills approach for listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and research skills development
  • Personalized instruction for various academic streams (i.e. business, computer science, humanities & social sciences)
  • Options to audit academic classes
  • ESL instructors work collaboratively to meet the needs of students both inside and outside the classroom
  • Extensive individual attention given to all students including one-to-one tutorials
  • Up-to-date online technologies integrated into all classes to enrich learning and increase student engagement
  • 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.

 

 

Upcoming Program Dates

2020 Winter Semester2020 Spring Semester2020 Fall Semester
Start date/End dateJanuary 6, 2020May 4, 2020September 9, 2020
Last date of registrationJanuary 17, 2020May 15, 2020September 18, 2020
Date of placement testFriday, January 3, 2020 (Date subject to change)Friday, May 1, 2020 (Date subject to change)Friday, September 4, 2020 (Date subject to change)

Program Fees (Per Semester)

    1. ESL tuition fee:
      • Level 1- Level 4: $3,750 CAD per level
      • Level 5 Bridging Program: $1,950 CAD
    2. Ancillary fees: $405 CAD (approximately)
    3. UHIP (health insurance): $208 CAD
    4. Textbooks: $200 – $250 CAD

 

How to Apply for EAPP

  1. Complete the Algoma University Application online.
  2. Contact esl@algomau.ca if you have further questions regarding application and admission.

 

Program Overview


Level 1: Fundamentals

Entry Requirements:

  • IELTS 4.0  overall or lower
  • TOEFL iBT 49 or lower
  • TOEFL ITP 400 or lower
ESL Courses/Special FeaturesExit Requirements
Core Courses:
  • Reading/Writing
  • Speaking/Listening
  • Grammar
  • Students must achieve 75% in each core course to progress to the next level.

 


Level 2: Intermediate I

Entry Requirements:

  • IELTS 4.5  overall
  • TOEFL iBT 50-59
  • TOEFL ITP 401-450
ESL Courses/Special FeaturesExit Requirements
Core Courses:
  • Reading/Writing
  • Speaking/Listening
  • Grammar
  • Students must achieve 75% in each core course to progress to the next level.

 


Level 3: Intermediate II

Entry Requirements:

  • IELTS 5.0  overall
  • TOEFL iBT 60-69
  • TOEFL  ITP 451-500
  • TOEIC: 600 – 649
ESL Courses/Special FeaturesExit Requirements
Core Courses:
  • Reading/Writing
  • Speaking/Listening
  • Grammar
  • Students must achieve 75% in each core course to progress to the next level.

 


Level 4: Advanced (Earn three credits if completed with a minimum average of 80 per cent)

Entry Requirements:

  • IELTS 5.5 overall or 6.0 overall with two or more bands under 6. 
  • TOEFL iBT 70-74
  • TOEFL ITP 501-540
  • TOEIC: 650 – 699
ESL Courses/Special FeaturesExit Requirements
Core Courses:
  • Reading/Writing, Research Skills, Speaking /Oral Presentational Skills, Listening/ Note Taking, Grammar.

  • Strong L4 students may be permitted to take one academic course, case by case.

  • Graduating Level 4 students with an 80 % average or higher will have the option to enter directly into an academic program.

  • 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% (Average): proceed to BP + three academic courses (9 credits)

  • Students failing to achieve 70% in average must repeat the L4 program.

 


Level 5: Bridging Program (Earn three credits if completed with a minimum average of 80 per cent)

Entry Requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0+ overall with one band in 5.5. 
  • TOEFL iBT 75-78
  • TOEFL ITP 541-549
  • TOEIC: Over 700
ESL Courses/Special FeaturesExit Requirements
  • 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.
  • Successful completion of academic course(s).
  • Completion of the BP classes with an average of 70% or higher

Algoma University’s Short-Term ESL Program (STEP) is ideal for all non-native speakers of English who would like to spend 3-6 weeks to improve their English skills. At the same time, students can enjoy sports, volunteer work and/or a variety of recreational and cultural activities in an immersive environment in the beautiful surroundings of Northern Ontario.

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 or by emailing us at esl@algomau.ca

The ESL office is located in SH200, across from the international lounge “The Globe”. Come check us out!

 

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