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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. After completing the Intermediate level, you can progress to the General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (GAS-EAP), which also has two levels - Advanced and Advanced Plus. 

Duration per level = 14 weeks

Self-assessment tools

*No band may be lower than the overall score.

Online: This assessment is designed to help determine your English level and consists of 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. 


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

Start Dates

 Start Date
 Placement Test
 Class Begins
September 2020 (suspended) N/A N/A 
January 2021

January 5, 2021 

January 11, 2021 
 May 2021 April 26, 2021 May 3, 2021 

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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International Fees

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

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries


Program Outline 2020-21

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
    • Entry to Pre-Intermediate level: SLC placement test 30; IELTS 3.0; TOEFL iBT 30; TOEIC 250; CLB (completed) 3-4
    • Entry to Intermediate level: SLC placement test 50; IELTS 4.0; TOEFL iBT 41; TOEIC 405; CLB (completed) 4-5
    • 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

    Program Coordinator: Robin Cox

    Admissions Information

    If you are a Canadian resident and would like to apply, please connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

    If you are an international student, please contact one of the regional offices

    SLC Africa Office

    SLC Brazil Office


    SLC Europe and CIS Office

    SLC Gulf States and Middle East Office

    SLC India Office

    SLC Latin America Office

    SLC North-China Office

    SLC South-China Office

    SLC South Korea Office

    SLC Philippines Office

    SLC Russia Office

    SLC Turkey Office

    SLC Vietnam Office

    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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