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Ontario College Certificate


Overview

The GEA Certificate program is designed for students for whom English is a second or additional language and who feel that they need to improve their language skills prior to beginning a college program or entering the workforce. It is also intended for students who have completed less than four years of instruction in an English-speaking secondary school.

As a student in GEA, you'll have the opportunities to improve your speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in both language courses and college level courses. In addition, you'll be eligible to register in (up to) five credit courses which may be applied to future studies in any of Seneca's diploma programs. Upon your successful completion of the GEA program, you may apply to the diploma program of your choice.

Prior to registering in courses for this program, all students must complete an English Language Assessment (ELL100).


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Curriculum

ESL932
Composition II
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Prerequisite(s):

ESL931 or English Assessment

In this course, students will focus on the structure of a well-developed paragraph to clearly communicate their ideas. Instruction in sentence structure, grammar and mechanics helps students develop key writing skills. Self-editing, summarizing and paraphrasing are also taught to prepare for further academic writing.




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ESL059
Speaking English Level 5
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Prerequisite(s):

ESL049 or English Assessment

Students learn how to:

  1. Express actions happening in the past, present and future
  2. Use first, second, and third conditionals
  3. Express actions using simple past or present perfect or present perfect continuous
  4. Describe actions using modal verbs
  5. Communicate at an appropriate level in spoken English through class activities and active participation



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MCT100
Introduction to Computers
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If you have little or no experience, this is the course for you! Students learn computer terminology, work with Windows, understand file management and are introduced to the internet, use e-mail and create documents with Microsoft Word and worksheets with Microsoft Excel.




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ESL069
Speaking English Level 6
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Prerequisite(s):

ESL059 or English Assessment

Students learn how to:

  1. Express actions happening in the past, present, and future
  2. Use narrative tenses
  3. Use modal, phrasal, and reporting verbs
  4. Use first, second, and third conditionals
  5. Communicate at an appropriate level in spoken English through class activities and active participation



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ESL933
Composition III
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Prerequisite(s):

ESL932 or English Assessment

In this course, students will review paragraph development and move towards a five paragraph essay. The focus will be on prewriting activities, the essay outline, development of a strong thesis statement, supporting paragraphs with clear topic sentences, appropriate support and details, and an effective conclusion. Grammar instruction will be included to enable students to identify errors and edit accordingly. Critical thinking skills will be developed through analysis of readings, summaries and group discussions.




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ESP939
Grammar for Writing
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Prerequisite(s):

A strong command of English is recommended

In this course, students develop proficient editing skills that enable them to identify grammatical weaknesses in their own writing. Through a focus on error analysis and guided practice, students will learn to become independent self-editors and be able to apply the strategies acquired beyond the duration of this course.




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COM460
Intercultural Communication
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Corequisite(s):

EAC149

This course explores ways in which cultural differences affect communication. Students must initially define culture as it pertains not only to racial of religious denominations, but also includes age groups, genders, social affluence levels, and group affiliations. From verbal expressions to body language, it is important for effective communicators to understand the message that is actually being sent and/or received.




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ESL934
Composition IV
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Prerequisite(s):

ESL933 or English Assessment

In this course, students will review and refine the structure of an academic essay. Fundamental writing skills and strategies will be taught and practiced through reading and writing activities that foster critical thinking, vocabulary building and the expression of ideas in an effective and concise manner.




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CAN530
Canadian Cultural Mosaic
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Corequisite(s):

EAC149

Students achieve a better understanding of themselves and Canadian society as they explore anti-racism, multiculturalism, gender inequality, ageism, ableism and sexual orientation issues. Addressed are recent patterns and policies of immigration and visible-minorities in relation to Aboriginal peoples of Canada.




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General Education Option General Education Option

Program Outcomes

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
  • Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
  • Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
  • Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  • Employ basic vocational, skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences of Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Program Contacts

Jennifer Stemerdink
Program Assistant
Jennifer.Stemerdink@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22507


Norma Columbus
Program Coordinator
norma.columbus@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22517