TFS English as a Second Language (ESL) Pathway Program
This fully online program enables students with less than the minimum required language proficiency scores to be accepted into Toronto Film School programs in Ontario. The ESL Pathway Program must be completed first.
The Toronto Film School ESL program will help you brush up your English and adjust to the Canadian academic environment. We’ll work on such areas as:
Analyzing academic reading materials
Critical thinking skills
Delivering effective presentations
Research and referencing
Addressing differences in academic culture
The ESL program or testing is not necessary for those:
Who have successfully studied for three years in an English-speaking country.
Who have studied in English for at least two years at a recognized college, or have successfully completed one year of study at a recognized university.
Who have a one-year post graduate certificate (completed in English) at a recognized college.
ESL Pathway Program Levels
There are three levels of study. Each level is 12 weeks in duration and involves 15 hours of instruction and 10 hours of lab work per week.
Please note that applicants with an IELTS score (or equivalent) of 5.5 can start their Toronto Film School program by taking an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course in their first term.
All students will continue to have access to language and international student services once enrolled at Toronto Film School.
IELTS LEVEL ESL
PATHWAY PROGRAM LEVEL
4.5 and 5.0
Level 1 and Level 2
Beginner, Level 1 and Level 2
Recognized Tests and Minimum Scores
TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL)
INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM (IELTS) ACADEMIC
CANADIAN TEST OF ENGLISH FOR SCHOLARS AND TRAINEES (CANTEST)
MICHIGAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT BATTERY (MELAB)
PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH (PTE) ACADEMIC
CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT
CANADIAN ACADEMIC ENGLISH LANGUAGE (CAEL)
CANADIAN ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY INDEX PROGRAM (CELPIP)
To be accepted into the ESL Pathway Program, you must:
Pay the $100 ESL application fee (non-refundable).
Provide a high school diploma from your home country.
Provide a score of 4.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). See “Recognized Tests and Minimum Scores” below for other acceptable tests.
Once accepted, you will be required to pay the tuition deposit of $3908.
Students applying without an IELTS score will be asked to complete the online Oxford Placement Test to determine their placement in either Beginner Pathway, Level 1, or Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program (subject to change after testing upon arrival). Students with an IELTS score of at least 5.5 (or equivalent) but below 6.0 are able to enrol in Yorkville University’s or Toronto Film School’s regular academic programs. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a required course in their first term of studies. There is no additional cost to the program when students take the EAP course.
Students whose IELTS score (or equivalent) is 4.5 or higher but lower than 5.5 will have to successfully complete Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program.
Students whose IELTS score (or equivalent) is lower than 4.5 but above 4.0 will have to successfully complete Level 1 and Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program.
Students whose IELTS score is lower than 4.0 will have to successfully complete Beginner, Level 1 and Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program.
*This program does not require approval under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.
(each program level)
Payment options are available for new students.