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Why study English at St. Lawrence College?

Strong English skills are the foundation for your academic and career success. The College provides two programs with a total of four levels and you can start at any level based on your proficiency.  The programs offer an enriching English experience with authentic readings, audio and video segments, activities and exercises designed to build vocabulary, text comprehension and pronunciation. There will also be opportunities to learn about Canadian culture and the local area through meaningful experiences in the community, including field trips to various historical and cultural sites.

Our supportive faculty, state-of-the-art classrooms, and multimedia centres are fully equipped to help you as a non-native speaker of English to practice and improve your English skills in class and online. You will be in small classes with highly experienced teachers and learning with students from all around the world.

Four levels

Level 1: Pre- Intermediate

Level 2: Intermediate

Successful completion of level 1 and level 2 earns you a Statement of Achievement and allows you to take the General Arts and Science English for Academic Purposes (GAS - EAP) program. 

Level 3: Advanced

If you complete the first three levels, you will also receive a Statement of Achievement. You will be able to apply to one of our certificates or diploma programs if you achieve an overall grade of 70%. 

Level 4: Advanced plus. 

Successful completion of level 3 and level 4 will meet the requirements to get into academic programs at St. Lawrence College and you will earn an Ontario College Certificate. With an overall grade of 70% or higher you will be eligible to apply for a degree or a graduate certificate program. With an overall grade of 60% you will be eligible to apply for a certificate program or a diploma program.  

ESL pathways

Overview

ESL Pre-Academic (ESL): This program includes Level 1 Pre-Intermediate, and Level 2 Intermediate. Successful completion of Pre-Academic Level 1 and Level 2 earns you a Statement of Achievement and allows you to take the English for Academic Purposes program. The purpose of this program is to provide students who speak English as a second language with instruction and support that will enable them to improve their English language skills to succeed in their academic studies. There will also be opportunities to learn about Canadian culture and the local area through meaningful experiences in the community, including field trips to various historical and cultural sites. 

General Arts and Science English for Academic Purposes (GAS-EAP): This programs includes Level 3 Advanced and Level 4 Advanced Plus. Successful completion of English for Academic Purposes Levels 3 and Level 4 will meet the requirements to get into most programs at St. Lawrence College, and you will earn an Ontario College Certificate. This program is designed for ESL students who wish to achieve high proficiency in English in order to pursue a career or studies in an English-speaking environment. At the advanced level, English is taught in an integrated manner with academic subjects to accelerate learning. The program also emphasizes knowledge of Canadian culture and society and the awareness of global issues. 

You will take a mandatory placement test. No prior testing is required to register in the ESL program. However, if you have done an international English test, your score may be used for placement. The table below lists the entrance requirement for each level. 

  St. Lawrence College Placement  
  IELTS 
  TOEFL iBT  
TOEIC  
CLB
 Pre-Intermediate
 30 3.0
30-40
250
 3-4
 Intermediate  50 4.0  41-52  405  4-5
 Advanced  60 5.0  53-64  600  5-6
 Advanced Plus
 70 5.5  64-77  700  7

Self-assessment tools

Online: This assessment is designed to help determine your English level and consists on 90 questions. The test includes 3 parts and it should take about one hour to complete. 

Click here to start your online test. 

**Note: the results from this test cannot be used as official proof of English proficiency.

English Skills - Checklist: If you answer "YES" to at least 14 of these questions, then you are ready for the Pre-Intermediate English level. 

Click here to download the checklist. 

**Note: the results from this test cannot be used as official proof of English proficiency. 

Academic Credits While Studying English

Once you have reached the Advanced Level, you are in the GAS-EAP program. It is an academic program. You will earn academic credits that can be transferred to your further studies at the College.

Small Classes and Tutorials

All of our classes are small (approximately 20 students) and taught by highly qualified and experienced professors. There are also tutorials where you can practice more and get one-on-one help.

No TOEFL or IELTS required

When you finish the Advanced or Advanced Plus, you will have met the language proficiency requirement for admission into post-secondary programs at the College. No further testing is required.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact our program coordinator:

Robin Cox

RLCox@sl.on.ca

613-544-5400 ext 1628