Trent University to Offer Undergraduate ESL Courses – Peterborough

Peterborough’s Trent University claims it is the first university in Canada to offer undergraduate ESL courses.

The university says its English as a Second Language (ESL) programming will mean that international students will now be able to accelerate their English and degree studies while also graduating within four years, saving time and money. money.

“The Trent ESL program has always maintained a reputation for excellence in English language programming,” said Glennice Burns, Associate Vice President, International at Trent. “Providing credit-worthy ESL programs is a testament to the academic integrity and rigor of these courses and elevates the value and benefits to a level unmatched across Canada. “

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Through the Trent ESL program, hosted within the Trent Faculty of Humanities, and in partnership with the Language and Linguistics Center, students enrolled in Academic English 1 and Academic English 2, Standard D courses. English as a Second Language will now earn two full academic credits for their program of study. .

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With the support of Trent ESL, students can also enroll in two half-credit courses from the degree program of their choice, allowing them to graduate eight to 12 months earlier, which saves them up to $ 10,000 in international tuition and living expenses, according to the university.

The Trent-ESL: English for University program was established in 1999 and is accredited by Languages ​​Canada, providing instruction in English – both for credits and not for credits.

“It didn’t make sense that credits weren’t given for learning English and were given for other languages,” said Cath D’Amico, director of Trent International.

“Trent’s credited ESL program has been in the works for a decade and I am delighted that we have reached this milestone for our students. This is a great added value for students who can start their degree by integrating their ESL courses into their program.

While the first three levels of ESL remain uncredited courses, the university says the addition of two credit courses “removes the perceived barrier” between ESL and degree programming.

“The future of the Trent-ESL: English for College program is bright, and we are excited to help our students achieve academic, social and professional success,” said Burns.

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