General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes

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Program Code: 6616

School: School of Advancement

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Certificate program

Program Length: 1, 2 or 3 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Ashtonbee Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 7683

The English for Academic Purposes program is an intensive, full-time, post-secondary undertaking that helps build English language skills for success in college or university.

English for Academic Purposes courses emphasize developing effective academic communication skills by focusing on the key areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. These language skills are developed and practiced through communicative activities, interactive exercises, group work and presentations. Academic study skills are also taught in the offering.

You learn in a college environment with full access to resources and services such as the Centre for Academic English, which provides tutoring, conversation groups, workshops, computer labs, access to the library and counselling.

English for Academic Purposes faculty members are highly qualified and dedicated ESL teaching professionals who provide quality instruction plus encouragement and guidance.

The program is accredited by Languages Canada, which means it has met rigorous standards in terms of curriculum, teacher qualifications and administration.

For this English for Academic Purposes program you are placed into one of three levels depending on the results of a placement test. Each level lasts for one semester. If you achieve a B grade or higher in Level 3 reading, writing and speaking courses you will have met the College English requirement for most Centennial College programs and will be placed in COMM 161 in your program of study. Level 3 students also earn a college credit to apply to future study.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
EAPP-096 Building Basic Language Skills: Reading Ashtonbee Campus
EAPP-097 Building Basic Language Skills: Writing Ashtonbee Campus
EAPP-098 Building Basic Language Skills: Listening Ashtonbee Campus
EAPP-099 Building Basic Language Skills: Speaking Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
EAPP-201 ESL Reading Techniques Ashtonbee Campus
EAPP-202 Guided Writing in English Ashtonbee Campus
EAPP-203 Speaking Up Ashtonbee Campus
EAPP-204 Skills for Student Success Ashtonbee Campus
EAPP-205 The Canadian Context Ashtonbee Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
EAPP-301 Reading College-level Texts Ashtonbee Campus
EAPP-302 Approaches to English Composition Ashtonbee Campus
EAPP-303 Communicating in the Classroom Ashtonbee Campus
EAPP-304 Academic Life Ashtonbee Campus
GNED General Education Elective Ashtonbee Campus

Program Highlights

  • In English for Academic Purposes, you build English language skills necessary for success in college, university or a career while developing academic study skills.
  • You come to understand a Canadian academic environment.
  • You have access to faculty and practice material through Internet-accessible programs and eCentennial.
  • While learning from qualified and dedicated ESL teaching professionals, you use multimedia ESL software in scheduled lab classes that have a lab monitor for support.
  • You receive academic advising to transition to college or university programs.

Career Outlook

  • University Arts program preparation
  • Career preparation
  • College preparation

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years of age or older)


  • This is not a program for absolute beginners
  • International students require the following minimum scores for admission:
    • IELTS - 3.5-4.0
    • TOEFL - 397-433
    • ibTOEFL - 30-40
    • iTEP - 3.5-3.6
    • Pearson TE (Academic) - 36-40
    • Cambridge Exams - Preliminary English Test ( PET) - Pass
  • All students must complete a specialized English placement assessment to determine English for Academic Purposes program placement
  • All applicants will receive a conditional offer, which will be confirmed based on English Skills Assessment results

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,522.00 $912.00 $3,434.00
International $12,400.00 $2,107.00 $14,507.00