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New Program

In Fall 2017, the English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA) Department will launch a new curriculum to help students learn and develop the language skills that they need to succeed in their university studies.

This new curriculum is called Academic College English (ACE) and will improve students’ ability to participate in university-level conversations, understand academic texts and discussion, and write effectively in a college environment.

The ACE program consists of three levels. Each level focuses on a specific theme and contains four courses:

 

ACE Level

 

IELTS score for entry

 

Theme

 

Courses (3 credits each)

 

Length

ACE 1

4.5

Culture and Community

ELLA 0110: Discussion

ELLA 0120: Comprehension

ELLA 0130: Writing

ELLA 0140: Accuracy

1 semester

(if successful)

ACE 2

5.0 – 5.5

Academic Issues

ELLA 0210: Discussion

ELLA 0220: Comprehension

ELLA 0230: Writing

ELLA 0240: Accuracy

1 semester

(if successful)

ACE 3

6.0

Global Issues

ELLA 0310: Discussion

ELLA 0320: Comprehension

ELLA 0330: Writing

ELLA 0340: Accuracy

1 semester

(if successful)

Program Benefits:

The ACE program was developed to give students more time and opportunities to practice English in real-life situations and more flexibility to choose their courses.
In this program, students will spend 20 hours per week learning and practicing English:

  • 16 hours in classes
  • 2 hours in a computer lab
  • 2 hours in other educational activities, such as workshops and field trips

What will I study in the ACE program?

Each level of the ACE program consists of four 3-credit courses:

  • Discussion Course: speaking, listening and presentation skills
    ➔ This course includes 2 hours per week of additional educational activities, such as workshops and field trips.
    Comprehension Course: reading and listening skills

When will I be ready to study College-level courses?

After you complete four (4) courses at ACE Level 2 and at least three (3) of the four (4) courses at ACE Level 3, you will be able to take College-level courses.
(Please note that the Departments of English, Communications and Creative Writing are currently discussing entry requirements in their courses in light of the new ELLA curriculum)

What can I do if my IELTS score is lower than 4.5?

If your IELTS score is between 3.5-4.0, you can study in our Pre-Academic English (PACE) program.

The PACE program consists of four 3-credit courses and provides students with 20 hours of educational activities per week.

 

Courses

Weekly Hours

Lab/Weekly Hours

Other Educational activities/Weekly Hours

PACE

ELLA 0010: Speaking/Pronunciation

4

N/A

N/A

 

ELLA 0011: Listening

4  2

N/A

 

ELLA 0012: Reading/Vocabulary

4

N/A

N/A

 

ELLA 0013: Writing/Grammar

4  

N/A

N/A

When students complete the 4 PACE course successfully and pass the ACE entry test, they can study in the ACE program.

When will I be ready to study College-level courses?

After you complete four (4) courses at ACE Level 2 and at least three (3) of the four (4) courses at ACE Level 3, you will be able to take College-level courses.
(Please note that the Departments of English, Communications and Creative Writing are currently discussing entry requirements in their courses in light of the new ELLA curriculum)

What are the differences from the current ELLA program and the new ELLA program?

 

 

Current ELLA Program

 

New ELLA Program

Courses/semester

2 courses @ 6 credits each = 12 credits

 

4 courses @ 3 credits each = 12 credits

Type of courses

1 Listening/Speaking course

1 Reading/Writing course

1 Discussion course (listening, speaking and presentation skills)

1 Comprehension course (reading and listening skills)

1 Writing course

1 Accuracy course (grammar and vocabulary)

Hours in class

16

 

16

Hours in labs outside of class

0

 

2

Hours in other educational activities

0

2

Length of study (if successful at first attempt)

ELLA 0200 level = 1 semester

ELLA 0300 level = 1 semester

ELLA 0400 level = 1 semester

ACE 1 level = 1 semester

ACE 2 level = 1 semester

ACE 3 level = 1 semester

College Entry

ELLA 0360 with a “C”

ELLA 0460 to take ENGL, CMNS, or CRWR courses

Completion of all 4 courses at ACE 2 level + completion of 3 of 4 courses at ACE 3 level