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Course Descriptions

York currently offers a number of ESL credit courses and ESL tutorials for students taking Social Science courses.

York's ESL credit courses include:

AP/HUMA1220 9.0 | AP/ESL1000 9.0 Canadian Language and Culture

This course has two main objectives. First, it aims at fostering language skills which students using English as a second/additional language need to succeed academically in the multicultural, English-medium at York. The course accomplishes this goal primarily through content, rather than explicit language exercises, as is appropriate to learners at the university level. Second, the course aims to promote students' awareness of various aspects of Canadian society through the discussion and analysis of a range of texts exploring themes such as language and communication, culture, identity and Canada's diverse communities.

Note: This course comprises the English as a second language requirement for incoming English as a second language students. It may be counted as fulfilling the general education Humanities requirement. Course credit exclusions: ESL 1450.

AP/HUMA 1745 | AP/ESL1450 6.0 Thinking About Contemporary Canada

This course examines issues critical to Canadian society and culture through texts representing a range of voices and genres - from text to film, official to creative, rooted in Canada to immigrant. Key themes include those of arrival, belonging and the idea of nation. The course also aims to enhance English language and critical thinking skills necessary for academic success in university study.

Note: This course comprises the English as a second language requirement for incoming English-as-a-second language students. It may be counted as fulfilling the general education Humanities requirement. Course credit exclusions: ESL 1000.

AP/ESL 1010 3.0 Advancing Reading and Writing in Academic Contexts

This is a first year Humanities Foundation course. This course aims to help students from an ESL background to improve writing and reading skills necessary for academic success in undergraduate degree programs. The interdisciplinary course draws on a range of topics and texts to help students understand and communicate academic content and ideas. Emphasis is placed on strengthening language and critical thinking skills in reading and writing that promote student engagement with a range of texts relevant to academic studies.

Note: This is an approved LA&PS General Education course: Humanities Pre/Co-requisites: ESL 1000, ESL 1450 or permission of the ESL Coordinator; Open to: Undergraduate students from an ESL background;  Not open to: Undergraduate students who speak English with native proficiency 

AP/ESL2000 6.0 Language in Use

This course provides non-native speakers of English with opportunities to further advance their academic communication skills through a content-based approach. Students engage with multiple genres and texts about issues related to English specifically and languages more broadly. Varieties of English and subtleties of the language are highlighted; nuances from other languages spoken by students in the class inform the discussions and deepen students' understanding of English. This course is intended for those who are beyond their first year of study.

AP/ESL 2000 Prerequisites: First language other than English; AP/ESL1000 or AP/ESL 1450, or permission.