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Academic Plan - Winter and Intersession/Spring 2022
, has been developed to support continued student learning, where possible. College of the North Atlantic will continue to maximize its online learning and alternate delivery capacities to ensure that all possible program deliveries are completed to the best of its ability.
English as a Second Language
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Program Length: One Year
English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed for students who are interested in improving their English language proficiency. Whether for academic, professional, or social purposes, College of the North Atlantic is here to help you achieve your goals. ESL is a set of three College post-secondary courses designed to assist individuals who have completed high school but who lack English language proficiency required for admission into most programs at College of the North Atlantic, with the exception of some Health Sciences programs that require a higher Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level. Specifically, ESL is intended for students who have completed “basic language ability” English language training up to a CLB 4.
ESL provides students with the essential reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills necessary to be successful in further studies at CNA. Through an integrated skills approach, listening, speaking, reading and writing are taught with a focus on general and academic contexts of language use. Grammar, vocabulary, spelling and pronunciation are incorporated within the teaching of the four skills. Student success strategies related to independent learning, academic study, and critical thinking are embedded in each of the courses.
Students interested in taking ESL course(s) are required to demonstrate English language proficiency either through a standardized test score (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, etc.), or by taking the College of the North Atlantic ESL placement test prior to admission into either of the three ESL courses. Students who need to take the CNA – ESL placement test will be required to complete it at a scheduled time.
Upon completion of the ESL III course, students will have met the English language requirements for admission into most programs at CNA, with the exception of some Health Sciences programs.
Pending sufficient enrollment, one ESL course will be offered per semester. ESL I is offered September – December, ESL II will be offered in January – April, and ESL III will be offered in April – June. Students may not enroll in additional courses while completing ESL I, ESL II, or ESL III.
ESL courses are intensive and immersive, requiring students to complete additional study outside of regular class hours. As per the course outlines, each ESL course is 20 hours per week. Students enrolled in an ESL course have full-time status.
Upon successful completion of ESL III, students will be able to:
Listen, speak, read and write at the CLB 7 “Profiles of Ability” as stated in the competency outcomes and standards of the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks.
Meet English language entrance requirements for most CNA programs.
Meet English language proficiency skills needed to succeed in post-secondary programs.
Enhance employment opportunities through improving English language proficiency skills.
– Provincial High School Graduation Certificate, or equivalent
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
– Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with General College Profile (or Business-Related College Profile or Degree and Technical Profile).
Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are 19 years of age or older, and have been out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission.
A minimum English language proficiency level equivalent to CLB 4
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS - ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS:
For additional information on English language proficiency requirements for admission into the College, please click the following link.
College of the North Atlantic - International Students (cna.nl.ca)
September - December 2021
January - April 2022
April - June 2022
Locations & Start Dates
Distributed Learning (fully online) - September 2021