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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 is a first year Humanities Foundation course. The course explores a range of Canadian voices examining issues critical to arrival, belonging and the idea of nationhood while further advancing English language and academic skills. The course is delivered as an interactive lecture/seminar, with students expected to participate in a variety of ways: taking part in class discussions, making oral presentations, writing academic essays, doing library research and undertaking course activities designed to support both understanding of the course content and while advancing academic English language use.

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/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.