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Academic Purposes and Pathway Course Toronto

Academic success is about more than language skills.

Our newly expanded English for Academic Purposes Pathway Program (EAP) at CES Toronto goes beyond listening, reading, writing and speaking. Students also develop essential study skills and interpersonal strengths. By the end of the 12-week course, successful students will demonstrate strong academic language skills and an understanding of college and university culture. Our innovative EAP course is uniquely designed to support students with a range of skills required for success.

Course Description:

This course prepares students with the skills and strategies they need to make the transition to college and university courses in English and other secondary school disciplines. Students are encouraged to develop independence in a range of academic tasks. They will participate in seminars, lead classroom workshops; read and interpret a range of academic texts; take effective notes during lectures and class discussions; write essays, narratives, and reports; and apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will develop their ability to respond critically to print and media texts, such as news reports. Students will learn about academic culture, time management, academic integrity and collaborative learning as part of a successful post-secondary experience.

Morning Classes 09:00 to 12:35

Through an integrated language skills approach, students will read a range of academic essays and research-based reports with a focus on note-taking and pre-writing strategies and improving editing skills. They will also practice academic speaking and listening, including formal presentations, seminar discussions and learning to communicate effectively with professors and peers. Critical thinking and academic vocabulary are incorporated into each unit of study.

Afternoon Classes 13:20 to 15:45

Through case studies, project-based assignments and collaborative learning, students learn about academic culture and personal success strategies in post-secondary education. Topics covered include:

  • Academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism
  • Stress reduction and time management
  • Students rights and responsibilities
  • Online learning and communication
  • Research skills
  • Working effectively in groups

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A wide variety of teaching and learning approaches are used to support student success. These include:

  • project-based learning
  • collaborative learning in groups
  • lectures with active listening exercises
  • close study of exemplar texts (student essays, reports)
  • on-line learning components for independent study
  • oral presentations and guest speakers from colleges and universities
  • academic portfolios

Course work, participation and class assignments will be 70% of the overall grade for the course; the final exam and oral presentation will be 30% of the overall grade. Student will receive weekly formative feedback on four assessment categories (Understanding, Problem-Solving, Application and Communication) to ensure academic progress

Percentage of Final Mark Categories for Assessment
70% 1 Knowledge and Understanding
How well do I understand?
70% 2 Inquiry and Problem Solving
How can I solve a problem using this knowledge?
70% 3 Application/Making Connections
How and where can I apply this skill?
70% 4 Communication
How well can I communicate my understanding?
30% Final Written Exam and Oral Presentation

Course Timetable

Integrated Skills for Success 09:00 – 10:30
Morning Break 10:30 – 10:45
Academic Reading & Writing 10:45 – 12:15
Effective Communication  13:00 – 14:00
Afternoon Break 14:00  - 14:15
Essential Campus Life Skills 14:15 - 15.15
Additional Learning Outcomes
Note Taking Research Writing Skills
Seminar Participation Critical Thinking
Classroom Workshops Formal Presentations
Learning Strategies Project Based Assignments

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