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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. 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)

For more details on our ESL programs, download our ESL@Algoma Brochure (PDF).

Not sure where to live? Our Homestay Program is set-up for the first-year experience, providing ESL students the opportunity to live with a Canadian family.

English for Academic Purposes Program

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.

Short Term ESL Program

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.

Beginning in Fall 2017, students who complete EAPP Level 4 (EAPP 4001 English for Academic Purposes: Advanced) with an average of 80 per cent or above, OR those who complete EAPP Level 5 (EAPP 5001 English for Academic Purposes: Bridging Program) successfully will earn three (3) academic credits (HUMA 9101, first-year non-equivalent) toward their degree studies.

Why ESL@Algoma?

  • Earn academic 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

2018 Fall Semester2019 Winter Semester2019 Spring Semester
Start date/End dateSeptember 5 – December 14, 2018January 8 – April 19, 2019April 30 – August 2, 2019
Last date of registrationSeptember 14, 2018January 25, 2019May 17, 2019
Date of placement testAugust 31, 2018January 4, 2019April 26, 2019

Program Fees (Per Semester)

  • ESL tuition fee: Level 1- Level 4: $3,500 CAD per level. Level 5 Bridging Program: $1,800 CAD.  * Effective January 2019, Level 1- Level 4: $3,750 CAD per level, Level 5 Bridging Program: $1,950 CAD.
  • Ancillary fees: $405 CAD (approximately)
  • UHIP (health insurance): $204 CAD
  • Textbooks: $200 – $250 CAD

How to Apply for EAPP

  1. Complete the Algoma University Application online.
  2. Get informed by downloading our ESL@Algoma EAPP Fact Sheet (PDF).
  3. 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

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: Upper-intermediate

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 academic credits if completed with a minimum average of 80 per cent)

Entry Requirements:

  • IELTS 5.5 overall
  • 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.
  • Three academic streams based on area/major of interest: Humanity & Social Science, Business, Computer Science.
  • Opportunity to audit an academic course related to the three streams.
  • ESL instructor accompanies the students in the audit course and then reviews the content and vocabulary of the course in the ESL class.
  • 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:
    • 70-72% (Average): proceed to BP + one academic course (3 credits)
    • 73-76% (Average): proceed to BP + two academic courses (6 credits)
    • 77%-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 academic credits if completed successfully)

Entry Requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 overall with one band under 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT 75-78
  • TOEFL ITP 541-549
  • TOEIC: Over 700

 

ESL Courses/Special FeaturesExit Requirements
  • Eligible to enroll in 1-3 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.
  • Portfolio-based assessment via a digital badging system 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).
  • Achievement of all learning outcomes based on the four core competencies.

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

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.

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.

The ESL Team

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

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