Course Sequence - Honours BA with major in English as a second language

The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) offers programs in English as a Second Language tailored to the student’s needs and skill level, namely a minor, an advanced minor and a major. Our programs are designed to sharpen and broaden the student’s second language skills. Courses focus on the four basic types of communication (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and on more specialized areas, such as grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and culture. Students perfect their English through an array of activities that use all sorts of instructional materials and also have access to both high-tech and traditional learning tools, including multimedia materials and labs, a resource centre, video, Internet activities and conversation groups.

These programs are for non-Anglophone students only.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

The English as a Second Language program at the University of Ottawa leads to an honours bachelor’s degree, which requires the equivalent of four years of university studies and
120 credits (40 courses).

Bachelor’s degree

  • Honours BA with Major in English as a Second Language (ESL)

Minors

  • Advanced Minor in English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Minor in English as a Second Language (ESL)

Language of instruction

These programs are offered in English only.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

In Canada, employers actively look for people who are fluent in both English and French. Our graduates find employment opportunities in a wide variety of fields and sectors such as:

  • Teaching
  • Public service
  • Tourism
  • Private business

What can I do with my studies?

(www.sass.uottawa.ca/en)  is a tool that provides information on career opportunities for graduates of the English as a Second Language program.

 

HONOURS BA WITH MAJOR IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) - 120 CREDITS (4 YEARS) 

3 credits = 1 course

  Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
Total

120 credits 

(40 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

30 credits

(10 courses)

Core courses

12 credits

(4 courses)

FRA1710 Analyse, écriture et argumentation I

 

3 course credits from :              

PHI1501 Raisonnement et pensée critique

PHI1701 Philosophie : Idées et arguments

 

3 course credits from :

AHL1500 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts1

AHL1900  Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts/ Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

FRA1720  Analyse, écriture et argumentation I

 

3 course credits from :

AHL1500 Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts1

AHL1900  Initiation aux études interdisciplinaires en Arts/ Introduction to interdisciplinary study in the Arts1

PHI1502 Raisonnement moral
PHI1503 Les grandes questions philosophiques

PHI1504 Les grands philosophes

PHI1702 Philosophie : Thèmes et textes

 

 

 

 

English as a Second Language

42 credits

(14 courses)

ESL2100 Effective Language Learning

ESL2121 Reading and Writing Skills for Second Language Learners: Low Advanced

 

ESL2122 Listening and Speaking Skills for Second Language Learners: Low Advanced

6 credits from:

ESL2341 Advanced Reading Skills for Second Language Learners

ESL2351 Advanced Oral Communications Skills for Second Language Speakers

ESL2371 Advanced Grammar in Use: Written and Oral Expression

 

ESL2372 English Pronunciation for Effective Oral Communication 

9 credits from:

ESL2361 Advanced Writing Skills for Second Language Learners

ESL3331 Listening with a Purpose: Advanced Listening Skills for Second Language Learners

ESL3351 Oral Expression for Academic and Professional Contexts

ESL3361 Write to Be Read: Writing Academic Texts

ESL3363 Business and Administrative Writing for Second Language Learners

 

ESL3371 Exploring Language Conventions in Academic and Professional Contexts

ESL4100 Capstone Seminar

 

9 credits from:

ESL3373 Building your Word Bank: Vocabulary Enrichment in Context

ESL4375 The Cultural Dimension of Communication in a Second Language

ESL4391 Language through Literature and Film

 

ESL4351 Community-based Language Learning

3 optional ENG credits

3 optional ENG credits at the 2000 level

ESL3100- Second language certification (3 credits outside of the program)

Minor or major

42 credits (14 courses)


30 credits (10 courses)

Mandatory major or minor added after first year.

Students must add a second program, either a 42-credit major or a 30-credit minor, selected from any of a number of disciplines offered at the Telfer School of Management or at the faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences or Social Sciences. The faculties of Science and Engineering also offer many majors and minors. However, these majors require 51 to 60 credits.

 

Note that secondary school prerequisite courses may be required for the second program.

Electives

24 or 36 credits 

(8 or 12 courses)

The number of elective courses varies according to the second program:

  • In the major option, students must take 24 electives (8 courses).
 
  • In the minor option, students must take 36 electives (12 courses).
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