General Arts - English for Academic Purposes
|Duration:||2 Semesters (8 Months)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, Winter, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Certificate|
The GEA certificate program is designed for students for whom English is a second or additional language and who feel that they need to improve their language skills prior to beginning another college program or entering the workforce. It is also intended for students who have completed less than four years of instruction in an English–speaking secondary school. As a student in GEA, you’ll have opportunities to improve your speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in both language courses and career–oriented courses. TESL (Teachers of English as a Second Language) certified faculty will use a variety of interactive and multimedia teaching methods that will enhance your learning experience while maximizing your ability to interact with others in a multi–culturally diverse learning environment. In addition, you'll be eligible to register in up to five credit courses which may be applied to future studies in any of Seneca’s diploma programs. Upon successful completion of the GEA program, you may apply to the diploma program of your choice.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with the below prerequisite course(s) and where the majority of credits have been earned through the transfer credit process. The program is designed for students who have completed less than four years of instruction in an English–speaking secondary school.
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s) or their equivalent(s).
- An English Proficiency Test will determine a student’s suitability for this program.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
Upon graduation, you’ll have the ability to:
- Acquire effective and appropriate language skills in order to learn effectively, establish a framework for responsiveness, manage self and set personal and professional goals.
- Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop oral and written communication competencies to a level required by business and industry.
- Evaluate arguments, separate fact and opinion, recognize points of view, acknowledge diverse values and identify implications and consequences at a level required to maximize career success in the chosen field of study.
- Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society in order to function with personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
- Employ basic vocational skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences of vocational studies.
Important Academic Dates
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|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|CLL100||Computer Assisted Language Lab: Intermediate||2|
|EAP160||EAP: Intermediate Listening and Speaking||4|
|ICA001||Introduction to Computers and Applications||2|
|ISC100||Introduction to Seneca Studies||2|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|CAN118||Introduction to Canadian Studies||4|
|CLL200||Computer Assisted Language Lab: Advanced||2|
|EAP260||EAP: Advanced Listening and Speaking Skills||4|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
Note: After completing an English assessment, students may be exempt from EAP160/260 and may be required to take an editing course.
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Margaret Lim
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22806
|International Admissions Advisor:||Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22584
|Program Coordinator:||Kevin Countryman
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26749
|Program Chair:||Claire Moane
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26305
“As a newcomer, the GEA program helped me to develop my communication skills. The listening and conversation classes greatly improved my capacity to understand spoken English. It also helped me to write different types of essays using critical thinking. Now I am confident to present a Powerpoint presentation, write essays, and have a conversation with people which will help me in real–life situations."