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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

English Language Studies (ESL)

Improve English language skills for college and university study.

Sheridan’s English Language Studies (ESL) program improves your ability to read, write, speak and listen in English.

Training for all skill levels

Exclusively for non-native speakers, this program offers five levels of instruction, from Foundations to Advanced levels and ultimately the English for Academic Purposes level. When you complete the program (and pass one General Elective course), you'll receive a General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate and may apply to other Sheridan programs without further language testing.

Hands-on learning

The ESL program encourages classroom interaction. You’ll work on group projects and assignments that require interaction in the community. You’ll practice speaking and listening in a computerized language lab, and you’ll learn to conduct computer research, note taking and essay writing in English.

English for Academic Purposes

The program’s highest level, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), helps to prepare you to function in an English-speaking college or university environment. At the EAP level, you’ll take one General Education course of your choice for credit in your post-secondary program along with an introductory computer communications course.

Additional information

Professors in the English Language Studies program are TESL Ontario certified and include educators holding PhDs and master’s degrees. They are knowledgeable in the most innovative and proven methods of teaching English as a second language.

There are five levels of instruction:

  1. Foundations
  2. Pre-intermediate
  3. Intermediate
  4. Advanced
  5. English for Academic Purposes

Students will be placed in the appropriate level based on the results of the ESL Placement Test. Students will receive information about how to book the test after they apply to the program.

Examples of Intermediate ESL program outcomes:

  • Make or cancel an appointment.
  • Express an apology or make an excuse.
  • Relate a detailed sequence of events from the past.
  • Convey congratulations or thanks.
  • Offer assistance.

Examples of English for Academic Purposes outcomes:

  • Give a 20-minute persuasive presentation on a researched issue.
  • Compare data in charts and graphs.
  • Demonstrate critical comprehension of an extended oral exchange between several speakers.
  • Write a paragraph to explain information in a graph or flow chart.

The English Language Studies (ESL) program is offered at the following locations:

  • Davis Campus in Brampton (day time)
  • Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville (day time)
  • Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) in Mississauga (day time/evening)

Please note that ESL students at HMC will require Internet access from home/outside of the college to access some program areas.

English Language Studies (ESL) Information Sessions:

Please attend one of our information sessions to learn more about the English Language Studies program at Sheridan.

Oakville – Trafalgar Road Campus:
Every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., Room C226

Brampton – Davis Campus:
Every Tuesday at 1 p.m., Room B236b

Mississauga – Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC)
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 3 p.m., Room A165
December 8 and 22
January 12 and 26
February 9 and 23
March 9 and 23
April 13 and 27
May 11 and 25
June 8 and 22

Program Offerings

  • Ontario College Certificate

    • Full-Time
    • 1 yr (2 semesters)
    • Program code: PGASE