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Certificate of Completion - English Language Proficiency Program

English Language Proficiency Program

Regulations effective September 1, 2010.

The English Language Proficiency Program is not an undergraduate program; it is a program comprised of specific courses that will help prepare students, particularly those who are not native English speakers, for success in three areas:

  1. University entrance and success in university studies. Not only do the courses in the program make a university education more accessible to students currently faced with a language barrier, they also help to ensure that students take the courses they need to improve their language abilities before they register in other university-level courses.
  2. Employment. The courses assist second-language learners to acquire the language skills to enter the workforce and to enter it at a level that is more commensurate with their other skills, background, and education, and to improve their communicative ability and success in the workplace.
  3. Social situations. Improved language skills help individuals maximize their potential in a variety of social and communicative settings.

To progress satisfactorily through the program, it is recommended that students obtain a minimum grade of B before progressing to the next level.

Before enrolling in the program, all students are required to take the online self-assessment test. More specific advice is available from the English Language Studies coordinator or from the staff of the Write Site. Prospective students should register for the program as unclassified students (students who are not enrolled in an AU degree, diploma, or certificate program).

On successfully finishing the program, students will receive a certificate of completion.

Program Structure
Total courses in the program
Four courses
Required course One course
Elective courses Three courses
Residency requirement. A minimum of three courses, including ENGL 155, must be completed through Athabasca University. Three courses
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition credits None permitted
Required Course
ENGL 155 Developing Writing Skills (3)



A minimum of one or more of the following courses (dependent upon the results of the online self-assessment test).

ENGL 140 Grammar (0)
ENGL 143 Writing for Academic Purposes (0)
ENGL 146 Reading for Academic Purposes (0)
ENGL 149 Advanced Speaking and Listening Skills (in development) (0)
And a minimum of one of the following courses:
ENGL 177 English for Academic Purposes (3)
ENGL 189 English for Business (3)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2010 to Aug. 31, 2011.

Updated December 09, 2011

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