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/HUMA 1220 9.0 | AP/ESL 1000 9.0 Canadian Language and Culture

First year Humanities Foundation Course

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/ESL 1450 6.0 Thinking About Contemporary Canada

First year Humanities Foundation Course

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

First year Humanities Foundation Course

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/ESL 1015 3.0 Advancing Oral Communication for ESL Students

First year Humanities Foundation Course

This is a first year Humanities Foundation course. This course aims to help students from an ESL background advance their oral communication skills for academic success. The focus is on strategies for interacting in groups and with individuals, as well as presenting formally and informally. The course draws on theories of interaction and practical applications for effective oral communication in a variety of academic, professional and social contexts.

Note: This is an approved LA&PS General Education course: Humanities

Prerequisites: ESL 1000 or ESL 1450. ESL1450 can also be a co-requisite. Open to: Undergraduate students from an ESL background Not open to: Undergraduate students who speak English with native proficiency.

AP/ESL 1200 6.0 Society and Culture

First year Social Science Foundation Course

This is a first year Social Science Foundation course. This course provides an introduction to topics in the social sciences for students from an ESL background. The content focuses on social issues and the diversity of human experience while addressing the development of English language communication skills essential for academic success. The approach is interdisciplinary and aims to foster critical thought, broaden perspectives and develop understanding of rhetorical patterns and styles

Note: This is an approved LA&PS General Education course: Social Science

Prerequisites: ESL 1000 or ESL 1450. ESL1450 can also be a co-requisite. Open to: Undergraduate students from an ESL background Not open to: Undergraduate students who speak English with native proficiency.

AP/ESL 2000 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.

Prerequisites: First language other than English; AP/ESL 1000 or AP/ESL 1450, or permission.