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English as a Second Language Pre-Academic

Available at: Kingston


The purpose of the ESL Pre-Academic 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. The program uses Canadian materials particularly aimed at improving the English language skills of students who intend to enroll in a college diploma or degree program.

Students are offered 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.

Students enrolled in the ESL pre-academic program have full access to the fitness centre, library, cafeteria, computer labs, and more.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes and personal attention: Everyone in the class is able to participate actively in pairs or groups.
  • Highly qualified, experienced teachers: All teachers are certified and have many years of teaching experience.
  • Diversified dynamics: We have students from different countries in our ESL classes.
  • Integrated Curriculum: The ESL Pre-Academic program emphasizes all four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
  • Development of skills and more practice: Students will develop their cross-cultural communication skills and study skills through field trips and in-class tutorial sessions.

Program Structure


There are two levels – Pre-Intermediate, and Intermediate, each with two modules to complete.After completing both modules (A and B), you can progress to the next level (entering Advanced Level in the General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (GAS-EAP) or graduate with a Statement of Achievement.


Teaching Methods

Speaking and Listening

 Focus on pronunciation and oral practice

 Note-taking and paraphrasing

Group discussion and pair work activities

 Audio/video-based skills practice

 Small group problem solving, case studies

 Role-plays, games and presentations

Reading and Writing

Focus on increasing reading fluency and speed through timed readings

 Engage in extensive reading for pleasure, academic or business purposes

Instruction in grammar, vocabulary building, the writing process

 Individual, pair and group work, including peer editing


How long does it take to complete each level?

In Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate level, you must complete BOTH modules (60% in all courses) and pass the exit test (60%) in order to move to the next level. Normally it takes 14 weeks to complete a level. However, if you achieve 80% on all courses in the first module, you may can progress to the next level. In such a case, it takes 7 weeks to complete a level.

Start Dates

 Start Date
 Placement Test
 Class Begins
October 2018
October 22, 2018
October 29, 2018
January 2019
January 2, 2019
January 7, 2019
March 2019
February 25, 2019
March 4, 2019
April 2019
April 22, 2019
April 29, 2019
June 2019
June 17, 2019
June 24, 2019
September 2019
August 26, 2019
September 4, 2019
 October 2019
 October 21, 2019
 October 28, 2019

Weekly ESL Sample Schedule

 Time Monday
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
 Morning Tutorial Reading Writing Reading Writing
 Noon Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
 Afternoon Tutorial Speaking Listening Speaking Listening

How to Apply

Domestic Students: Please apply at

International Students: Visit our How to Apply page for instructions.

Program Name

English as a Second Language Pre-Academic

Program Code



Statement of Achievement

Start Dates


Program Duration

14 Weeks

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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**Contact us to verify fees as they vary depending on season and duration: Liviya Xu, 613-544-5400, ext. 1410 or

International Fees

To view a detailed International fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

**Contact us to verify fees as they vary depending on season and duration: Liviya Xu, 613-544-5400, ext. 1410 or

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit "Paying for College".

Program Outline 2019-20

EASL 50A and 50B: Pre-Intermediate Reading
EASL 51A and 51B: Pre-Intermediate Writing
EASL 52A and 52B: Pre-Intermediate Listening
EASL 53A and 53B: Pre-Intermediate Speaking
EASL 10: Pre-Intermediate Language Lab Tutorial

EASL 60A and 60B: Intermediate Reading
EASL 61A and 61B: Intermediate Writing
EASL 62A and 62B: Intermediate Listening
EASL 63A and 63B: Intermediate Speaking
EASL 20: Intermediate Language Lab Tutorial

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    • English language skills at the Pre-Intermediate starting level
      St. Lawrence College
     Pre-Intermediate 30
     250 3
     Intermediate  50  4.0  41-52  405  3-4
     Advanced  60  5.0  53-64  550  4-5
     Advanced Plus
     70  5.5  64-77  605  6
    • High school diploma or at least 19 years old prior to start of the program

    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


    Health Requirements


    I have been really enjoying the studying in the ESL classes here and have learned a lot from them, especially in writing and speaking activities. The classes give us all kinds of grammar and sentence skills to improve our academic writing ability. They are always vivid and challenging. There are a lot of interesting discussions, speech, debating and presentations to improve our communicating skills. I am able to practice more and have made many times of my speech or presentation with much confidence, which I can’t imagine in the past. Moreover, our teachers are so amazing and always available to help us in English studying or other problems. In addition, studying here gives me a great chance to meet the people from different countries and learn different cultures. In fact, I have made many friends from different countries here. Because we should communicate always in English, I have improved my speaking greatly.

    Michelle Yuping Wan

    Program Contact

    Admissions Information

    International Students Contact:

    Additional Information

    Students are thoroughly tested upon enrollment for placement in the appropriate level. Upon arrival at the College, students will have an oral and written assessment of their English skills and will be placed at the appropriate level.

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