Intensive Academic Preparation Intermediate

Program Overview

(Program does not require approval from PTIB)

Intensive Academic Preparation Program (IAP) is for students who want to improve their English for personal and academic purposes. In this program, students will develop academic skills in gathering, conveying and integrating information in formal written and spoken forms. Students are also trained in listening, public speaking and note-taking skills, which are essential for their success in college.

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    Emphasis is placed on developing a set of language skills including


    • Locate information in workplace documents
    • Identify sequence words in texts
    • Use your own experience to decide if information is accurate
    • Identify cause and effect
    • Recognize a sequence of events
    • Distinguish between fact and opinion
    • Draw inferences and conclusions
    • Analyze characters
    • Choose sources for gathering reliable information:
    • Identify the tone of a text
    • Use an atlas


    • Clarify information
    • Discuss and respond to a story
    • Create oral summaries of information
    • Give a short presentation to a familiar audience
    • Use stressed syllables to sound out unknown words
    • Argue for and against something in discussions (and written assignments)


    • Apply pre-writing models
    • Generate ideas in a pre-writing strategy: select and narrow a topic, apply various strategies for getting started, imagine your audience’s needs
    • Develop strong, clear thesis statements
    • Organize ideas and write an outline
    • Compose a draft essay/text by writing body paragraphs, introductory and concluding paragraphs, develop relationships between ideas (sentence-level transitions and transitions between paragraphs and sections)
    • Complete detailed workplace forms
    • Write:
      • An opinion paragraph
      • Descriptions of events in an organized structure
      • A descriptive paragraph that describes an important place in your life
      • A narrative paragraph about a story from your childhood
      • An informal workplace email
      • A formal workplace email
      • A how-to paragraph about being a good listener
      • A cover letter to apply for a job
      • A paragraph about the advantages and disadvantages of divorce (or another social issue)
      • Multiple short essays or reports using what was learned about the writing process and the steps to develop an outline, draft, and revision.
    • Organize your writing in chronological order, an order of importance, and spatial order
    • Summarize information from a text
    • Use compound and complex sentences
    • Apply formulas and methods to write introductions, conclusions, summaries, paraphrasing, and quoting
    • Use sources correctly for crediting and citing in your writing to support ideas, document material, use quotes, and create a reference page
    • Use MLA to format documents, follow the four-step process for working with sources, and create works cited page
    • Use root words and affixes to understand words
    • Compare and contrast
    • Describe the purpose of persuasion, work with the structure of a persuasive essay, ways of being critical
    • Develop a convincing argument by coming up with a topic, use dialectics, organize your ideas, apply critical thinking and research, and write a persuasive essay
    • Develop ways to overcome writing anxiety and writer’s block while improving writing habits by practicing recursive writing, revise, learn how to use and fix procrastination
    • Apply methods of revision including higher and lower order concerns, reverse outlining, editing, document format, documentation style, proofreading, giving and receiving feedback, and conduct a peer review


    • Identify implied meanings in conversations
    • Distinguish between conversational and formal language


    • Use common prefixes, suffixes, and affixes
    • Identify the subject and verb in a sentence
    • Use pronouns correctly
    • Identify and correct sentence fragments, run-on sentences
    • Use subject-verb agreement
    • Use semi-colons in compound sentences
    • Use quotation marks
    • Use some common root words and affixes to build vocabulary
    • Use commas with introductory words and phrases, appositives, in a series
    • Use consistent verb tense
    • Know the rules for dividing words into syllables
    • Understand outcome
    • Apply knowledge gained about grammar and style, being aware of the most common errors, using a checklist, writing complete sentences, use proper punctuation, and access the best editing and grammar resources
    • Use apostrophes to show possession, in a contraction

    Interactivity & Integration Skills

    • Identify common Canadian workplace interactions and behaviors
    • Identify important personal management habits for Canadian workplace environments
    • Identify appropriate body language and eye contact for meetings and presentations
    • Practice dealing with complaints
    • Identify the key elements of a common feedback technique
    • Use a computer search engine
    • Tell the difference between fact and opinion

    Intensive Academic Preparation Intermediate is designed for students who are seeking admission to Quantum College’s Diploma Programs and who need some preparation to be academically ready. Successful completion of this intensive course will establish a intermediate level of English language fluency that fulfil the language requirements of Quantum College’s diploma courses.

    Course Objectives

    • Describe a talent or ambition in their life.
    • Discuss their career goals and hobbies and interests.
    • Demonstrate speaking skills, confidence, and fluency.

    Admission Requirements

    • A valid status in Canada