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General Arts & Science Certificate - English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Available at: Kingston


General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purpose (GAS-EAP) is a program designed for students who speak English as a second language who wish to achieve high proficiency in English in order to pursue a career or studies in an English-speaking environment. It focuses on communicative competencies on all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. 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. It allows students to reflect on their multiple identities and develop a strong sense of citizenship in an intercultural context. This knowledge, awareness and sense of citizenship enhances students’ employability by providing them with personal and professional growth, within a complex, multicultural and globalized world.

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

*Successful completion of level 1 Pre-intermediate and level 2 Intermediate, allows you to take this program. 



  • Taking academic classes while studying ESL: GAS-EAP is a post-secondary program. Students will take up to four credit courses, which are transferrable to their future studies at the College.
  • No TOEFL or IELTS required for admission into post-secondary programs at the College: When students graduate from the GAS-EAP (Advanced plus level) they receive an Ontario College Certificate. With an overall grade of 60, students can enter certificate and diploma programs; with an overall grade of 70, students can enter degree and graduate certificate programs without further English Language testing.
  • Development of skills: Students will develop cross-cultural communication skills and study skills in order to succeed in the workplace or in future studies.
  • Highly qualified, experienced teachers: All teachers are certified and have many years of teaching experience.
  • Small classes and personal attention: Everyone in the class is able to participate actively in pairs or groups.

Program Structure


There are two levels – Advanced, and Advanced Plus, each with two modules to complete.

Self-assessment tools

St. Lawrence College
TOEIC CLB (completed)
Pre-Intermediate 30
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 6-7


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. 

Teaching/Learning 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

  • Authentic reading materials from academic content
  • Instruction in advanced grammar and academic vocabulary building
  • Focus on writing process and learning strategies
  • Individual, pair and group work, including peer editing
  • Writing paragraphs, essays and research reports from reading

How long does it take to complete each level?

In the Advanced level, if you obtain over 80% in all four skill courses in the first module (A or B), you can progress to the Advanced Plus level. In such a case, it takes 7 weeks to complete a level.

In the Advanced Plus level, it takes 14 weeks to finish EAP and Academic courses.

Admission to Post-Secondary Programs

When students successfully complete the GAS-EAP program with a minimum of 60% in EAP courses, they meet the English language requirement for diploma and certificate programs at St. Lawrence College. If they achieve a minimum of 70% in EAP courses, they meet the English language requirement for Degree and Graduate Certificate programs. If successful, no further English testing would be required for admission to St. Lawrence College programs.

Start Dates:

Start Date
Placement Test
Class Begins
September 2019 August 26, 2019 September 4, 2019
October 2019 October 21, 2019 October 28, 2019

January 2020

January 2, 2020 January 6, 2020
March 2020 February 24, 2020 March 2, 2020
April 2020 April 20, 2020 April 27, 2020
June 2020 June 15, 2020 June 22, 2020

How to Apply

Domestic Students: Applications will be open at a later date. Please watch this page for details.

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

Program Name

General Arts & Science Certificate - English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2019-20

EASL 70A and 70B Advanced Reading
EASL 71A and 71B Advanced Writing
EASL 73A and 73B Advanced Speaking
EASL 30 Advance Language Lab Tutorial

Advanced Plus
EASL 80A Advanced English for Academic Purpose I
EASL 80B Advanced English for Academic Purpose II
EASL 90A and 90B Advanced Plus Language Lab Tutorial
GENE 29 Global Studies
GENE 305 21st Century Canada
GENE 165 Intercultural Communication
General Elective 1

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 Intermediate Level
    • Entry to Advanced level: SLC placement test 60; IELTS 5.0; TOEFL iBT 53; TOIEC 600; CLB (completed) 5-6
    • Entry to Advanced Plus level: SLC placement test 70; IELTS 5.5 (no band below 5.5); TOEFL iBT 64; TOIEC 700; CLB (completed) 6-7
    • High school diploma or at least 19 years old prior to start of the program



    Health Requirements


    I've always had a passion for good food and wanted to learn to make nice meals for those special people in my life. It's just one way I show my love.

    In fairly recent times, I received the opportunity to do so and am now entering my second year in the Cook Apprenticeship (Advanced) at St. Lawrence College.

    The program itself is excellent and comes with Chef Instructors with impeccable credentials who make learning fun.

    It is with their knowledge that I'm on the journey to success in the Culinary Field and am happy to recommend this program to anyone who may be contemplating entering the industry.

    Charlie Mercieca

    Program Contact

    Robin Cox

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    Additional Information

    Students are 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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