EAP is an intensive, ten-level program is for non-native speakers of English. An integrated approach to learning will improve students' proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing, and prepare them for academic study in English. Communication skills will be reinforced through interactive activities in class, where students will work individually, in pairs, and in smaller and larger groups. Traditional learning will be combined with out-of-classroom experiences within the college and the greater community to maximize opportunities to use language in a real-world setting. Students will get additional skills practice using self-directed computer-based materials.

Level One – Pre-Beginner

Content will include the following:

  • Expressing ideas, orally and in writing, with increased confidence and accuracy;
  • Responding to basic questions with short answers and simple, complete sentences;
  • Reading simple stories, identifying basic information correctly;
  • Writing short passages using new vocabulary;
  • Using grammar structures including present tenses, subject pronouns, possessive adjectives, and basic singular and plural noun forms;
  • Completing forms.

Level Two – Beginner

Content will include the following:

  • Expressing opinions about texts, lectures and presentations;
  • Developing critical thinking skills;
  • Speaking and writing to respond in complete sentences to basic content and inference questions;
  • Learning basic reading strategies and word attack skills;
  • Writing short compositions with proper formatting that express personal ideas;
  • Using grammar structures including simple and continuous tenses, modals, possessive adjectives, count and non-count nouns and articles at basic level in oral and written forms.

Level Three – Beginner Mastery

Content will include the following:

  • Expressing opinions that demonstrate increasing critical thinking skills;
  • Identifying main and supporting ideas in lengthier reading and listening passages;
  • Responding in complete sentences to content and inference questions;
  • Building comprehension, vocabulary, and reading speed through the application of reading strategies and word attack skills;
  • Writing paragraphs with correct formatting and organization;
  • Using grammar structures including present and past tenses, major parts of speech, and introduction to sentence types in oral and written forms.

Level Four – High Beginner

Content will include the following:

  • Expressing ideas and opinions in both written and oral forms with well-developed supporting details, appropriate vocabulary, modifiers, and various word forms;
  • Applying integrated skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to theme-based activities;
  • Reading and demonstrating understanding of multi-paragraph, level-appropriate passages, using a variety of general and academic vocabulary;
  • Writing an 8 to 10 sentence composition with correct formatting, effectively using transitions to organize, present examples, and conclude;
  • Responding in complete sentences to content questions, developing ability to infer and predict;
  • Using grammar structures accurately: present, past, and future forms, pronouns, nouns and verbs with modifiers in various sentence types, orally and in writing.

Level Five – Low Intermediate

Content will include the following:

  • Developing competence in language functions, such as asking follow-up questions for clarification;
  • Comprehending and using target vocabulary in oral and written work via vocabulary strategies;
  • Using reading strategies to identify topics, main ideas, and supporting details, as well as to predict content and infer meaning;
  • Taking accurate notes to include main ideas and supporting details with short academic reading and listening passages and informal conversations;
  • Writing compositions using a variety of sentence types and well-structured paragraphs, with correct basic punctuation, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, and transitions;
  • Learning to use online resources, and basic citation of sources in oral and written work;
  • Using grammar structures including present, past and future, time clauses, the first conditional, and selected phrasal verb in oral and written forms.

Level Six - Intermediate

Content will include the following:

  • Increasing students' oral competence in a variety of communicative functions: e.g. turn-taking, interrupting politely, giving advice, etc.;
  • Improving reading speed and comprehension through reading fluency strategies; using context clues to build vocabulary through reading and listening;
  • Outlining, paraphrasing, summarizing, and note-taking from reading and listening passages to demonstrate comprehension;
  • Composing multi-paragraph texts on non-personal topics, demonstrating organizational strategies and ability to compose, revise, and edit;
  • Conducting research on unfamiliar topics, providing basic citation for sources used in oral presentations and written work;
  • Using grammar structures, including an introduction to perfect tenses, comparative forms, articles, and selected phrasal verbs.

Level Seven – Intermediate Mastery

Content will include the following:

  • Participating in academic discussions, including demonstrating critical thinking skills, expressing opinions about class content, and structuring discussion statements using gambits;
  • Using a variety of reading strategies and word skills, and recognizing language signals such as transitions and intonation, to aid comprehension of key ideas in reading and listening passages;
  • Comprehending written texts and lectures/presentations, including excerpts from authentic sources; paraphrasing and summarizing effectively to show accurate understanding;
  • Composing multi-paragraph texts on non-personal topics, demonstrating increasing mastery of organizational strategies and ability to compose, revise, and edit;
  • Researching to support ideas and producing properly formatted citations of sources used in writing and speaking assignments;
  • Using complex grammar structures, especially perfect tenses, in oral and written forms.

Level Eight – High Intermediate

Content will include the following:

  • Applying critical thinking skills: distinguishing between balanced and biased information; evaluating and discussing ideas; and arguing a point of view, orally and in writing;
  • Recognizing and using more advanced language signals, reading strategies, and word skills to improve comprehension, build vocabulary and increase speed;
  • Learning to interpret and discuss visual features such as charts, graphs, and tables;
  • Improving note-taking skills using written texts and lectures/presentations, including excerpts from authentic sources, accurately paraphrasing and summarizing key ideas;
  • Composing five paragraph essays which argue a thesis, display organizational strategies, and demonstrate effective editing and revision techniques;
  • Researching and properly citing sources in essays and class discussions;
  • Using grammar structures, including modals, conditionals, transitions and connectors, effectively in written and oral communication.

Level Nine – Early Advanced

Content will include the following:

  • Using reading and listening strategies to improve comprehension, build vocabulary, and increase fluency;
  • Distinguishing among ideas, opinions, and facts from materials presented in listening and reading passages;
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing content from texts and presentations effectively;
  • Conducting research and incorporating appropriate support into accurately-structured, well-organized academic essay writing;
  • Introducing students to Canadian culture, geography, history, and politics;
  • Using complex grammatical structures and pronunciation and intonation patterns successfully to communicate effectively.

Level Ten – Advanced

Content will include the following:

  • Applying advanced reading and listening strategies and word skills to improve comprehension, build vocabulary, and increase fluency with longer authentic texts;
  • Extracting important information through advanced academic reading and listening strategies to make accurate notes;
  • Analyzing texts, lectures, and presentations and responding within a restricted time limit in the form of a well-organized academic essay;
  • Researching to support ideas in spoken and written work, synthesizing information from various sources and producing properly formatted citations;
  • Using critical thinking to read, listen, speak and write about Canadian culture, geography, history, and politics;
  • Speaking and writing with generally accurate forms, including complex sentence structure, pronunciation, and intonation.