Welcome to our Credit ESLA pages. The School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS) offers three credit English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes (ESLA) course levels to improve your academic English in stages. The courses have been developed to target both language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) and the research and study skills that you need in order to be successful in an English language university. Depending on your English skills and the ESL placement you receive from us, you may start your ESLA studies at the introductory, intermediate, or advanced level.

Our Academic ESL courses (ESLA 1300, ESLA 1500, ESLA 1900), offer you the opportunity to start your university studies BEFORE you have satisfied Carleton’s English as a Second Language Requirements (ESLR) (see item 4 in the calendar). While in your degree program, you can satisfy the ESLR by completing Carleton’s ESLA courses. If admitted with an ESLR, you will be studying ESLA while also being permitted to take some academic program courses. Most of the university’s undergraduate degree programs allow admission with English as a Second Language Requirements (ESLR). Special students (students taking courses but not admitted to a degree program) can also be admitted with an ESLR. Graduate students are also welcome to study ESLA, however, the ESLR for graduate students (see section 3.6) may vary from program to program.

What you need to know about ESLA

Please note:

  • If your ESL placement is below the acceptable level for admission to Carleton University (as listed in section 4, option 2 in the calendar), you are not permitted to register in credit courses at the University.
  • ESLA is not open to native speakers of English.