General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (R105) Program

PROGRAM
General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes
CODE
R105
SCHOOL
School of English as a Second Language
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
3 semesters Levels 1–9 depending on initial placement test
STARTING MONTH
September, January, May
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Certificate
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
George Brown College’s General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is a post-secondary program for immigrants who have permanent resident status, refugee status or Canadian citizenship. This program helps students learn or improve their English, and prepare for post-secondary study and future employment. Students come from around Toronto to study English in our supportive environment. The EAP program provides immigrant and international students exciting student life opportunities through co- and extra-curricular events and workshops (some free and some at additional cost). Learn more at www.facebook.com/GBC.ESL

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

George Brown College's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is a post-secondary program that helps students learn English. Students come from around the world to learn in our supportive environment. Students learn listening, speaking, reading and writing, vocabulary and grammar in integrated classes at each level. Certified teachers use a wide range of interactive teaching resources in state-of-the-art classrooms.

At the start of Level 7 or Level 8, students may choose*:

  • to continue in the regular English for Academic Purposes program, or
  • to pursue Level 7 or Level 8 English for Business Studies, or
  • to pursue Level 7 or Level 8 English for Hospitality Studies

*Space is limited and students may not receive their first choice stream.

In Levels 7 and 8, students can also choose to enroll in a General Education credit course or a Communication course (L8 only). These courses give students the opportunity to practice English (all four skills) outside the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, develop critical thinking abilities, and preview what it is like to be in a college program course.

Note: After completion of Level 8, there is also a Level 9 course to develop the higher language skills required for degree and postgraduate co-op programs or field education at college or university.

Students in English for Academic Purposes classroom

PROGRAM DURATION

There are nine levels from beginner to advanced. Each 16-week semester includes two levels. Students begin at the level determined by their placement test. Classes are held Monday to Friday.

CERTIFICATION

An Ontario College Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of Level 8.

Students who complete Level 8 are exempt from the English admissions test required for most post-secondary programs at George Brown College and many other Ontario colleges. Students who complete Level 9 are deemed to have met the English admission requirements for some George Brown College degree programs and graduate certificate programs with co-op or field education placements.

Please note: Mandatory admission testing, which includes English, is required for some programs. Check program requirements.

Part Time Study Options  

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are available in the evenings. Courses include IELTS test preparation, writing skills, business English and others. Please see georgebrown.ca/esl/parttime/ for details.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

To determine which level each student will start the program in, students either take a level placement test at George Brown, or submit an official, valid IELTS or TOEFL Test Report Form at the time of admission. Students taking the George Brown placement test will be notified by the ESL or Registration office to make an appointment for the test. Please bring proof of permanent resident status, refugee status or Canadian citizenship. Students should also bring their registration receipt to the placement test. Check the Key Dates for the placement test.

Students are expected to complete two courses in each 16-week semester.

semester courses
Code Course name
ESL1111 English for Academic Purposes 1
ESL1112 English for Academic Purposes 2
ESL1113 English for Academic Purposes 3
ESL1114 English for Academic Purposes 4
ESL1115 English for Academic Purposes 5
ESL1116 English for Academic Purposes 6
ESL1117 English for Academic Purposes 7
ESL1118 English for Academic Purposes 8
ESL1119 English for Academic Purposes 9

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 

Completion of Level 8 meets the English language requirement for most professional programs at George Brown College.

There is also a Level 9 course to assist students in preparation for the study, research and essay writing skills required for degree programs. Students who complete Level 9 are deemed to have met the English language admission requirements for some George Brown College degree programs and graduate certificate programs with co-op or field education placements.

Please note: Mandatory admission testing, which includes English, is required for some programs. Check program requirements.

Articulation Agreement 

Students who successfully complete EAP Level 8 at George Brown College are considered to meet the English language requirements for admission to diploma programs at 14 other Ontario colleges. Please contact the School of ESL for more information.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$1,815.00*

Additional Cost 

Total fees for one semester only. September fees are $1,608.47 + $206.53 for health insurance. January fees are $1,608.65 + $141.35 for health insurance. May fees are $1,608.00.

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for one semester of the program starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates. OCAS application fee: $95. Program is OSAP eligible.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (18 years of age and under)
  • Mature Student status*, no OSSD required (*19 years of age and older)
  • Permanent Residents of Canada will need to present legible copies of both sides of their Permanent Resident Cards, or other proof of residency
  • All applicants must complete a placement test and achieve a minimum of Level 1 to be considered for the program

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Success Stories  

The School of English as a Second Language is an exciting place to study. Watch the video below to hear from some of our students and graduates.

Wei Zhang

"Some of my best memories are of my time studying at George Brown College. From the faculty to the learning environment, my time there was more than I could ever have expected. George Brown taught me that I could succeed as a student, a contributor and a professional. The knowledge and skills I learned will last me a lifetime."

Wei Zhang (Graduate 2011, ESL Level 8; Graduate 2012, International Business Management)

Customer Service Executive, KVB Kunlun Canada Inc.

 

"My experience in the ESL program was wonderful. Although I am a person with hearing loss, this situation did not deter me ​from learning English because I received the full support of my professors and school. George Brown College provides valuable tools to their students to reach their goals. Today I feel privileged to have received a high-quality education."

Johanel Rocca (Graduate 2016, ESL Level 9; Graduate 2018, Culinary Management and Nutrition)

photo of Johanel Rocca, EAP graduate

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Call the English for Academic Purposes office at 416-415-5000, ext. 4826 or Advising Services at 416-415-5000, ext. 2949. Email esl@georgebrown.ca.

For more information about George Brown College, call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

This program is offered at our St. James Campus in our SJH building (341 King St. East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

Regular on-campus information sessions are offered. You can also visit our virtual tour.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.