Georgian recognized for English language skills training
March 21, 2011

 

Student sitting at computer in computer lab

Go directly from English training to post-secondary studies

English for Academic Purposes is designed for international students who do not have the language skills to pursue post-secondary education in Canada (local students are welcome in the program as well). Four levels of study are available. Students may complete one or more levels, depending on their requirements.

Upon successful completion of level four, students can move directly into post-secondary programs at the college. Georgian’s EAP graduates are currently studying in several areas including the School of Hospitality and the School of Business.

Tamara Fisher-Cullen, co-ordinator of Georgian’s EAP program, is thrilled by the Languages Canada accreditation. She says Georgian’s highly trained faculty helped Georgian meet the rigorous standards set out by the national organization.

“We are very lucky at Georgian to have a great teaching team that is talented, hard-working and most importantly, supportive of the students and the challenges they face while learning English in another country and culture,” said Fisher-Cullen.

Living, learning and sharing perspectives

This accreditation goes hand-in-hand with Georgian’s renewed focus on international education and training. Ben Yang, Georgian’s Executive Director of International Education and Development, says Georgian is committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for international students, and that the recent accreditation of the EAP program demonstrates this commitment.

“Internationalization of our campus and promoting intercultural learning are the key objectives of the International department,” said Yang. “Our goal is to create opportunities for all of our students, faculty and staff to be exposed to different ways of living, learning and sharing experiences and perspectives across cultural boundaries.”

Teachers are “awesome”

Adan Hernandez, a Computer Programming student from Mexico, says that Georgian’s EAP teachers were especially helpful.

“They taught me pronunciation and grammar, but most importantly, they taught me not to be afraid of the real world,” Hernandez said, recounting the many challenges of arriving in a new country unable to speak the language. “The teachers were awesome,” he added, “It was worth it.”

For more information about Georgian’s English for Academic Purposes program, please visit http://www.georgiancollege.ca/international/eap-english-for-academic-purposes or call Tamara Fisher-Cullen at 705-728-1968, ext. 1216.

For more information about Languages Canada, please visit http://www.languagescanada.ca/.