General English as a Second Language (ESL)

Program: ESLG
Credential: Recognition of Achievement
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018
Location: Barrie

Description

English as a Second Language (ESL) students are prepared for success in General English. Students are provided with introductory through intermediate level English language courses in the skill areas of reading, writing, speaking, grammar, vocabulary, and listening. The program curriculum includes classroom and technology-assisted ESL learning. ESL students explore Canadian and intercultural contexts through everyday situations.

Career Opportunities 

While most students choose General ESL courses as a pathway to English for Academic Purposes (EAP), some graduates of the program may find employment in occupations requiring intermediate English language skills. Many graduates also transfer their acquired English language skills to career advancement and opportunities in other countries.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • work independently and collaboratively in groups;
  • employ effective English language communication skills to function independently in everyday conversations and written tasks;
  • comprehend information presented in a variety of forms;
  • apply functional language skills in a variety of Canadian social situations.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018

Summer Intake

  • Sem 1: Summer 2018
  • Sem 2: Fall 2018

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission to this program:

  • OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent

Additional Information

All incoming students will be required to take a Georgian College English for Academic Purposes placement test during orientation to determine appropriate level of study. Students may also submit TOEIC (only public tests will be accepted), IELTS, or TOEFL results to be used to determine placement. These scores must be received by Georgian College before the start of the semester. See below for scores required for direct entry using IELTS or TOEFL.

IELTS (academic) for direct entry to Georgian College ESL

Overall IELTS Score Writing and Speaking Requirements Minimums Georgian College ESL Entry Level
4.0-4.5 4.5 4
3.5 4.0 3
3.0 3.5 2
2.5 3.0 1

TOEFL for direct entry to Georgian College ESL

Overal TOEFL Score Writing Requirement Minimum Speaking Reqiurement Minimum Georgian College ESL Entry Level
26-30 8 11 4
19-25 6 8 3
10-18 4 5 2
0-9 2.5 2.5 1

Graduation Requirements

4 Mandatory Courses: Level 1
4 Mandatory Courses: Level 2
4 Mandatory Courses: Level 3
4 Mandatory Courses: Level 4

Graduation Eligibility

Students must successfully complete all required courses as noted below. Further details, if applicable, are noted under "Additional Information" above.

Requirements

Mandatory Courses: Level 1
ESLG 0101Writing and Grammar 1
ESLG 0102Speaking, Listening, and Pronunciation 1
ESLG 0103Reading and Vocabulary 1
ESLG 0104ESL Survival English
Mandatory Courses: Level 2
ESLG 0201Writing and Grammar 2
ESLG 0202Speaking, Listening, and Pronunciation 2
ESLG 0203Reading and Vocabulary 2
ESLG 0204ESL Social English
Mandatory Courses: Level 3
ESLG 0301Writing and Grammar 3
ESLG 0302Speaking, Listening, and Pronunciation 3
ESLG 0303Reading and Vocabulary 3
ESLG 0304ESL Canadian Culture
Mandatory Courses: Level 4
ESLG 0401Writing and Grammar 4
ESLG 0402Speaking, Listening, and Pronunciation 4
ESLG 0403Reading and Vocabulary 4
ESLG 0404Introduction to Digital Media

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.