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December 4, 2016
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LEAF reaches a milestone; 100th graduate of the program

Aug 7/12

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program has reached a milestone. Since beginning in September 2010, the program recently celebrated the graduation of its 100th student. 

The LEAF Program is an academic English program for students who meet Wilfrid Laurier University's academic requirements, but not Laurier's English proficiency requirements.  Students can study academic English in the LEAF Program starting with any level of English.  No TOEFL or IELTS scores are needed.

From September to December and from January to April, students study in a fourteen-week cycle.  During the summer, students can study in two eight-week intensive cycles.

When students arrive, they take a placement test to determine which of our five academic levels is best suited for them.  Students who successfully complete a level will progress to the next level.  When a student finishes level 5, they have met Laurier's English proficiency requirements and can move on to undergraduate studies.

The LEAF courses focus on academic English and are designed to prepare students for successful undergraduate studies.  Essay writing, academic research, listening to lectures, note-taking, reading academic texts, and comfort with Canadian university culture and technology are key features of the curriculum.

Students take the core courses of Listening & Speaking, Reading & Vocabulary, Writing & Research, and electives including Grammar, Pronunciation, and University Preparation.  The LEAF Program is offered at Laurier Brantford, a small, beautiful, and friendly campus located in the heart of downtown Brantford.  The campus is integrated into the city, giving students the opportunity to interact with locals as well as other university students.

The LEAF Program's instructors are highly qualified ESL instructors with experience teaching around the world and throughout Canada.


From left: Valerie Kilgour, Manager LEAF, Aijia "Vicky" Liu, LEAF's 100th graduate, Tom Buckley, Assistant Vice-President, Academic Services.

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