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Language Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

International applicants must meet Fleming College's English language proficiency requirements in order to gain admission to a study program.

Applicants may receive direct admission by submitting one of the following recognized English language test scores:

English Language Test Score
Diplomas and Certificates*
Pharmacy Technician Diploma
Post Graduate Diplomas
Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL 79 with no score less than 65 90 with no score less than 79
Paper-based (PBT) TOEFL 550 with no score less than 513 577 with no score less than 550
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 with no band less than 5.5*
* Note: As per SDS requirements, applicants from India must have a 6.0 with no band below 6.0
6.5 with no band less than 6.0
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Overall 60 with no bands less than 50 Overall 70 with no band less than 60
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 76 with no score less than 80 85 with no score less than 80

*Except Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Applicants with a minimum three (3) years of full-time secondary or post-secondary education with English as the primary language of instruction and an 'Advanced' or 'Senior' level English course may also be considered for direct admission.

Applicants who do not meet any of the above criteria may apply for conditional admission with one of the following:

  • Successful completion of English as a Second Language (ESL) or English for Academic Preparation (EAP) at an Ontario Community College or University
  • Successful completion of English as a Second Language (ESL) program at a partner institution

Note: Fleming College reserves the right to request an English language test from any applicant if the college deems it necessary.

ESL Bridge – Meeting English Language Requirements at Fleming College

The ESL Bridge Program is based on current research into language learning and uses proven methods of instruction. It is designed to support individual learning; we recognize that students differ in the level of language with which they enter the program, and we understand that students progress through the program at different rates. All professors, instructors, and tutors hold internationally recognized ESL teaching qualifications and have years of experience teaching English in Canada and abroad. The program is held at Fleming's Sutherland Campus, in Peterborough.

Five levels

There are five levels of English skill development:

  • Levels 1–4 (24 hours weekly)
    Levels 1–4 will help you to develop skills in academic reading, writing, speaking (discussion and presentations), and listening; you will also improve your grammar and vocabulary. These levels include an elective course which changes each semester (for example, you may create a newsletter or learn about music). You will also have the opportunity to take part in volunteer projects. In Level 4 you will be able to sit in on a post-secondary General Education course, such as GNED 14: Environmental Issues: The Human Factor, which will prepare you for your future studies.
  • Level 5 (22 hours weekly)
    Level 5 will also help you to develop skills in using academic language. Here, you will focus on specific academic writing; for example, you may write science reports or business proposals, and you will learn to create bibliographies and use references correctly. Level 5 includes enrolment in one post-secondary General Education credit course.

Intense immersion, in and out of the classroom

  • Mornings are dedicated to integrated language skill development and an elective course or specialized writing course (such as English for Science or English for Business).
  • In the afternoons you can participate in optional workshops, such as Pronunciation, Study Skills, Social Conversation, and Idioms and Expressions. These small-group workshops focus strongly on practice and refinement of speaking and study skills.
  • One afternoon each week is dedicated to a field trip away from the campus. You will have the chance to apply language skills to a specific situation, to interact with Canadians in the community, and to become familiar with Canadian culture.
  • Each week you will receive private tutoring for 45 - 60 minutes to help target specific challenges.

Placement test

Students who do not meet the minimum language requirement for a Fleming College post-secondary certificate or diploma program will complete an English Language Skills assessment. You will have the opportunity to speak with the Program Coordinator or Program Manager to determine which of the five levels is the most suitable for you.

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