Intensive Academic English trainning

This is a *FREE* course, open to undergraduates in years 1-4 in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the St.George campus.  Undergraduates from any college may register.  Students who complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion.  The requirements for the Certificate are:  (1) attend 7/8 sessions; (2) complete all written work; (3) deliver an oral presentation.

The course is open only to undergraduates on the St. George campus.

How to Register for the course:

Register for this course on ACORN along with your Fall 2016 courses.

This is a non-credit course (it will not count toward your degree credits), and no grades are given, so it is not counted in your GPA. However, your transcript will note that you attended the course. Students who complete the course will earn a Certificate of Completion.

Should you run into any course load problems during registration for this course, contact your Registrar, who will be able to resolve them for you.   

Description of the course:

This intensive non-credit summer course will show you how to enhance the high-level language skills you will need in the coming academic year. The course is designed for undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts and Science whose first language is not English (ESL or multilingual students), as well as native speakers seeking to improve their English language skills. We will focus on reading comprehension in various subject areas, speaking in an academic context, listening to lectures, and academic writing linked to critical thinking. Learning goals include:

  • expanding knowledge of academic vocabulary and patterns of thought in sciences, social sciences, and humanities
  • improving high-level reading comprehension and speed
  • gaining understanding of how to structure and develop different types of university writing assignments
  • improving the ability to listen to and comprehend lectures
  • practicing speaking and giving oral presentations on academically relevant topics
  • getting to know faculty in ELL to build supportive relationships that can continue in the coming year
  • building your confidence for interaction in English with other students, professors, and teaching assistants.


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