Offered at both our Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses, the Academic English Program (AEP) and Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP) is designed to prepare you for academic studies if you do not meet Lakehead University's English language requirements. Our program targets all four language areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You will improve your ability to read academic materials, write essays, take notes, and give presentations.
The English Language Centre will be open on September 7 for in-person AEP classes. If you have any questions about the centre's reopening, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Fall 2021 term, there is an option to choose online programming if you are unable to travel to Canada after August 2, 2021 in time for in person classes to begin.
Academic English Program (AEP) - 13 Weeks
Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP) - 9 Weeks (compressed)
Students who have a conditional Offer of Admission and have the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 overall with no band lower than 6.0 may be admitted to the Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP). This compressed course takes 9 weeks (July & August) and runs Monday through Saturday from 9a.m. to 4p.m. (36 hours per week). This program will allow students to start their academic program in September upon successful completion of IAEP.
Review our AEP and IAEP Student Handbook here.
Fall 2021 Delivery Update
The English Language Centre is planning to deliver in-person classes subject to enrolment. At this time, students have the option of attending classes in person or remotely. Please let us know by August 16, whether or not you are planning to arrive on campus for September 2021. If you are planning to take classes in the AEP, you will need to provide your English proficiency score (for example, IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo) before August 16. If you do not have a score, you will need to do an online placement test before this date. You can contact us by emailing email@example.com.
January 10, 2022 - April 8, 2022 (all levels)
May 2, 2022 - July 29, 2022 (all levels)
September 12, 2022 - December 9, 2022 (all levels)*
June 27, 2022 - August 26, 2022 (level 5; IELTS 6.0 in all bands or equivalent only)
*Fall 2023 course delivery to be determined (online or in-person). Please check back for updates.
Academic English Program Tuition:
Placement Test Fee (if required):
A typical week in our in-person Academic English Program balances class time learning English with cultural excursions and free time, allowing you to learn about our city and culture as well as practice your English skills. Our online Academic English Program is a combination of synchronous (live lessons) and asynchronous (independent work). A typical day includes 3 hours of synchronous lessons starting at 7:00 am and 2 hours of asynchronous, independent work. Each week in the program introduces you to brand new experiences. Here is just a sample of what you could expect as an Academic English Program student:
Virtual Learning Model Sample Schedule
*ELC runs additional custom programming that supports ELC learners to practice their AEP skills in a practical setting.
In-Person Learning Model Sample Schedule (Resuming Fall 2021)
Some of the types of cultural excursions you could look forward to include:
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The application process for our Academic English Program (AEP) varies depending on what academic program (if any) you will be taking:
If you are unsure or have questions, contact us and we can help:
Phone: +1 (807) 346-7888