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English Language Studies

The English Language Studies program provides courses designed to meet the demands of the contemporary competitive professional environment. The program also provides you with a credential attesting to advanced knowledge and communicative competence in professional contexts.

The ELS Minor provides undergraduate students from an ESL background a learning path for sustained and ongoing development of language proficiency to meet their needs as they progress through their degree studies and prepare for success as graduates of York.

The program is open to students from all faculties and programs.

We cover a broad foundation of cross-disciplinary language awareness and development. Additional courses in the program aim to address the development of advanced English language proficiency and competencies directly relevant to your specific program of study and professional communication goals.

Overall, the Minor consists of 30 credits, 24 credits of which are to be completed from courses identified as English Language Studies courses. The remaining 6 credits may be selected from courses in the Writing Department, TESOL Certificate Program in DLLL and the ESL Program at Glendon College.

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What you’ll learn 

  • Develop advanced English language proficiency to communicate effectively in cross-cultural contexts and communities, to enhance academic success and international opportunity.
  • You will achieve an advanced level of English language proficiency that includes linguistic, sociolinguistic and strategic competencies relevant to academic, professional and social contexts.


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