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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Course descriptions and program timetable

This program is designed to prepare students whose English needs some fine-tuning and development for successful entry in Toronto Film School diploma programs and Yorkville University undergraduate degree programs. The Pathway Program is designed to assist students in adjusting to an English academic environment, addressing such skills as: academic writing (style, syntax, cohesiveness etc.), group discussions (presenting proposals, agreeing and disagreeing, organizing ideas), analyzing academic reading materials, critical thinking, delivering effective presentations, and research and referencing. This course also addresses any important differences in academic culture in an effort to reduce the likelihood of any cross-cultural misunderstandings.

The goals of this level are:

  • Develop academic listening skills (listening for the main ideas, listening for deeper understanding, listening to take notes)
  • Develop key skills in prediction, comprehension and discussion
  • Apply language to critical thinking activities
  • Navigate university or college life (asking questions in class, finding help, emailing professors, participating in a study group etc.)
  • Evaluate texts and information for their reliability and effectiveness
  • Plan, create and develop arguments for a discussion or presentation
  • Improve their recognition of some specific features of spoken English that usually impede comprehension

 

The goals of this level are:

  • Develop academic reading skills including: critical reading, identifying the author’s stance, interpreting evidence, recognizing bias, considering a text in its wider context etc.
  • Develop academic writing skills and avoid plagiarism by accurately referencing materials
  • Independently research a variety of topics
  • Apply language to critical thinking activities
  • Write a research paper, different kinds of academic essays, and a critical review of a text
  • Evaluate texts and information for their reliability and effectiveness
  • Plan, create and develop arguments for a discussion or presentation
  • Improve your recognition of some specific features of written English that usually impede comprehension