"When I decided to pursue my graduate degree in North America, I considered several universities both in America and Canada. University of Toronto was my choice. I researched and learned that there were a variety of courses in the University of Toronto's English Language Program (ELP).
I realized that even if I could get good scores in TOEFL, I still needed more essential knowledge of English in order to study and participate in my classes at university. For this reason, I chose the Academic English course. The Academic English course is designed for students who want to study in a university in Canada. This course provides a more solid groundwork for second language learners. Once you successfully complete the Academic English course, U of T recognizes this Academic English certificates as one of the options to verify students' English abilities. It helps students improve reading, writing, listening and spoken English. Instructors provide well-organized and practical material for students. They not only coach students how to take notes in the real lectures at the universities, but also teach students how to organize ideas and paragraphs in English writing. In addition, the ELP provides a variety of workshops for students in order to enhance students' English abilities. The administrative staff is friendly and supportive. They help students to deal with visa applications and living issues.
After completing the Academic English course, I applied to graduate school at the U of T. My instructor gave me feedback and suggestions for my application and I was successfully accepted into a Masters degree at U of T. Now I am in my second year of graduate studies, and I sincerely appreciate what I have learned at the ELP. It gave me this great opportunity to pursue my graduate degree at U of T. I knew that once I overcame the language barriers, studying abroad would broaden my professional perspectives and enrich my life experiences."