The primary objective of the English Language Studies (ESL) program at Sheridan College is to prepare non-native speakers of English to successfully function in an English speaking postsecondary environment. As such, the program aims to:
- Develop English language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing by having learners engage in a range of communicative tasks and activities from Canadian Language Benchmarks levels 4 to 9.
- Encourage the use of strategies, such as contextualization of new vocabulary, use of previewing, skimming and scanning techniques, and knowledge of text organization and discourse markers, to aid the comprehension of written and spoken language.
- Expand the learner’s use of grammatically correct and situationally and culturally appropriate language in speaking and writing for effective communication in a variety of interpersonal and academic situations.
- Create awareness about learning styles and college resources, encourage the adoption of study skills, and increase competence in the use of technology so that learners may more effectively achieve academic goals.
- Build cross-cultural understanding and confidence in using language through collaboration with classmates, increased participation in college activities, and increased interaction within the college and the larger community in order to complete class assignments such as surveys, reports and presentations.