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Programs

The English Language Institute’s core academic program provides students with the skills necessary to begin studies at Laurentian University. The curriculum in these programs is based on the Common European Framework (CEFR).

 

 

The English as a Second Language (LU-ESL) program is fully accredited by Languages Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Colleges, and the Canadian government. All teachers have TESL certification and are experienced in teaching English to international students. LU-ESL also has an International Academic Advisor, and trained and experienced tutors. 

The LU- ESL courses are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). The Canadian Benchmarks are a 12-point scale of task-based language proficiency descriptors used to guide the teaching and assessment of ESL learners in Canada. Like the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the Canadian Language Benchmarks describe ESL learners' successive levels of achievement.  The following chart outlines the entrance marks for each level.

 

Entrance Requirements

There are two ways a student can be placed into the ESL program:

  1. Write our in-house Placement Test:
    Upon arrival, students will be required to write the placement test. Based on their results, students will be placed in the appropriate level
     
  2. Produce a recognized language proficiency score from TOEFL or IELTS:
    During the application process, students will be required to submit official documentation indicating their test score. 

 

Laurentian English Language Institute - ESL
  CEFR TOEFL ibt IELTS
ESL - Level 1 A1 0-19 0-2.5
ESL - Level 2 A2 20-39 3.0-3.5

 

Exit Requirements

In the ESL program, students require a minimum final grade of 70% to proceed to the next level. Upon successful completion of ESL 2, students will transition into the English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program.

Students who do not meet the expectations of the level will be required to repeat the level in its entirety.

 

Course Materials

Each ESL level has assigned textbooks; these can include a listening and speaking text, reading and writing text, and grammar workbook. Students must purchase the required textbooks for their level. Required course materials are an integral part of the learning experience, and provide students the tools necessary for both in-class instruction and at home practice. 

 

Tutor Assistance Program

All students enrolled in an English Language Institute program have access to the Tutor Assistance Program (TAP).  In partnership with the Faculty of Education, many of our TAP tutors are teachers in training who are completing their program practicum hours.

TAP tutor support may come in the form of in-class assistance and small group or one-on-one tutorials. One-on-one tutoring sessions, occur once a week for one hour at no additional cost to the student. During a tutoring session, students can receive support with homework, understanding of course concepts, grammar, oral conversation, writing, editing and more. Students may also request additional tutor hours if they choose.

 

Program Scheduling

Students registered in an English Language Institute program have a schedule that mimics that of an undergraduate student at Laurentian University. This will allow for a smoother transition into full-time academic studies.

This means that each term, students may have a different daily schedule with varying start times, length of class, and end times. It is also expected that students will find time within their schedules to allow for one-on-one tutoring.

 

 

If students meet the admission requirement to their choice of degree programs but still need to improve their English skills in order to be successful, they may be accepted to Laurentian University, at the undergraduate or graduate level, under the condition that they meet the university's English language proficiency requirements. The Laurentian University English Academic Preparation Program (LU-EAP) is divided into three levels of competency with an optional bridging course available afterwards. The following chart outlines the entrance marks for each level.

The University Pathways (LU-UP) Program is an academic bridging course. This course allows students to study part-time at Laurentian University while honing their language skills. During the bridging course, they will practice academic and language activities that they are encountering during their courses, that is, they will be developing English language skills integrated with discipline specific curriculum.

The English Language Institute’s English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program offers:

  • A three-level program; EAP 1 (B1) for intermediate, EAP 2 (B2) high-intermediate, and EAP 3 (C1) for advanced learners
  • A full-time, non-credit course
  • 21 hours of instruction per week for 13 weeks
  • The instruction and refinement of language skills necessary for post-secondary studies
  • The development of critical thinking skills and academic inquiry
  • Varied assessment; such as, in-class assessment, assignments, presentations, homework, quizzes/tests, midterm and a final exam 

 

Entrance Requirements

There are two ways a student can be placed into the EAP program:

  1. Write our in-house Placement Test:
    Upon arrival, students will be required to write the placement test. Based on their results, students will be placed in the appropriate level
     
  2. Produce a recognized language proficiency score from TOEFL or IELTS:
    During the application process, students will be required to submit official documentation indicating their test score. 

 

Laurentian English Language Institute - EAP
  CEFR TOEFL ibt IELTS
EAP 1 B1 40-54 4.0-4.5
EAP 2 B2 55-74 5.0-5.5
EAP 3 C1 75-80 6.0 (Undergraduate Students)

 

Exit Requirements 

In the EAP program, students require a minimum final grade of 70% to proceed to the next EAP level.

Students in EAP 3 must obtain a minimum final grade of 70% to transition into their full-time academic degree of choice at Laurentian University. Those who obtain a final grade of 65-69%, will automatically be placed into our University Preparation (UP) program.

Students who do not meet the expectations of the level will be required to repeat the level in its entirety.

 

Course Materials

Each EAP level has assigned textbooks; these can include a listening and speaking text, reading and writing text, and grammar workbook. Students must purchase the required textbooks for their level. Required course materials are an integral part of the learning experience, and provide students the tools necessary for both in-class instruction and at home practice. 

 

Tutor Assistance Program

All students enrolled in an English Language Institute program have access to the Tutor Assistance Program (TAP).  In partnership with the Faculty of Education, many of our TAP tutors are teachers in training who are completing their program practicum hours.

TAP tutor support may come in the form of in-class assistance and small group or one-on-one tutorials. One-on-one tutoring sessions, occur once a week for one hour at no additional cost to the student. During a tutoring session, students can receive support with homework, understanding of course concepts, grammar, oral conversation, writing, editing and more. Students may also request additional tutor hours if they choose.

 

Program Scheduling

Students registered in an English Language Institute program have a schedule that mimics that of an undergraduate student at Laurentian University. This will allow for a smoother transition into full-time academic studies.

 This means that each term, students may have a different daily schedule with varying start times, length of class, and end times. It is also expected that students will find time within their schedules to allow for one-on-one tutoring.

 

 

The English Language Institutes University Preparation (UP) program offers:

  • An academic bridge from language studies to degree studies at Laurentian University
  • A non-credit course
  • 16 hours of instruction per week for 13 weeks
  • The opportunity to enroll in two 3-credit academic courses per semester
  • A variety of study skills needed to be successful in full-time academic studies; such as time management and goal setting, research skills, organization of information, and data analysis
  • Continued practice and application of critical thinking skills and academic inquiry
  • Varied assessment; such as, in-class assessment, assignments, presentations, seminars, homework, quizzes/tests, midterm and a final exam

University Pathway (UP) offers students specialized and individual attention during their first 2 courses (6 credits). Successful students then proceed to their undergraduate programs at Laurentian University. The conditional acceptance is waived after successful completion of this course. In other words, the successful completion of this course indicates that the student is ready for independent university studies. However, the supports provided by the Centre for Academic Excellence remain available throughout their stay at Laurentian.

 

Entrance Requirements

There are two ways a student can be placed into the EAP program:

  1. Write our in-house Placement Test:
    Upon arrival, students will be required to write the placement test. Based on their results, students will be placed in the appropriate level
     
  2. Produce a recognized language proficiency score from TOEFL or IELTS:
    During the application process, students will be required to submit official documentation indicating their test score. 

 

Laurentian English Language Institute - UP
  CEFR TOEFL ibt IELTS
University Preparation UP 81-87 6.0 (Graduate Studies)

 

Exit Requirements

In the University Preparation (UP) program students require a minimum final grade of 65% to proceed to full-time academic studies.

Students who do not meet the expectations of the level will be required to repeat the level in its entirety.

 

Course Materials

The UP program has assigned textbooks; these can include a listening and speaking text, and a reading and writing text.  Students must purchase the required textbooks for their level. Required course materials are an integral part of the learning experience, and provide students the tools necessary for both in-class instruction and at home practice. 

 

Tutor Assistance Program

All students enrolled in an English Language Institute program have access to the Tutor Assistance Program (TAP).  In partnership with the Faculty of Education, many of our TAP tutors are teachers in training who are completing their program practicum hours.

TAP tutor support may come in the form of in-class assistance and small group or one-on-one tutorials. One-on-one tutoring sessions, occur once a week for one hour at no additional cost to the student. During a tutoring session, students can receive support with homework, understanding of course concepts, grammar, oral conversation, writing, editing and more. Students may also request additional tutor hours if they choose.

 

Program Scheduling

Students registered in an English Language Institute program have a schedule that mimics that of an undergraduate student at Laurentian University. This will allow for a smoother transition into full-time academic studies.

 This means that each term, students may have a different daily schedule with varying start times, length of class, and end times. It is also expected that students will find time within their schedules to allow for one-on-one tutoring.

Below is a sample schedule a student might have for a term.

 

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