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    General Arts - English for Academic Purposes

Program Code:GEA
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

The General Arts - English for Academic Purposes 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 fewer than four years of instruction in an English– speaking secondary school. As a student in this program, you’ll have opportunities to improve your speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in both language courses and career–oriented subjects. 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 this program, you may apply to the diploma program of your choice.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • 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. This program is designed for students who have completed fewer 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), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • An English Proficiency Test will determine an applicant’s suitability for this program.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, you’ll have the ability to:

  1. acquire effective and appropriate language skills in order to learn effectively, establish a framework for responsiveness, manage self and set personal and professional goals
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society in order to function with personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society
  5. Employ basic vocational skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities and Social and Behavioural Sciences of vocational studies.

Important Academic Dates

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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CLL100 Computer Assisted Language Lab: Intermediate 2
EAP330 English Remediation 8
EAP160 EAP: Intermediate Listening and Speaking 4
ICA001 Introduction to Computers and Applications 2
MTH159 Mathematics 4
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
EAP500 Developmental English 4
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.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Computer Assisted Language Lab: Intermediate
Intermediate Reading and Writing Skills
Intermediate Listening and Speaking Skills
Introduction to Computers and Applications
Applied Psychology of Learning and Careers
Semester 2
Introduction to Canadian Studies
Computer Assisted Language Lab: Advanced
Advanced Reading and Writing Skills
Advanced Listening and Speaking Skills
General Education Option
General Education Option

Note: After completing the English and mathematics skills assessment, students may be exempt from Intermediate Listening and Speaking Skills/ Advanced Listening and Speaking Skills and/or Mathematics.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Deanna MacDonald
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22584
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Kevin Countryman
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26749
Program Chair: Claire Moane
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26305
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“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."

Mahfuja Aktare
2010 Graduate

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