Graduate English Language Support (GELS)
For Non-Native English Speakers:
All applicants who do not have English as their native or primary language must submit (a) a TOEFL score of at least 620 (iBT score of 105 with no skill section below 24 points), or the equivalent, (b) a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5.5, and (c) a score on the TOEFL Academic Speaking Test (TAST).
Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may be provisionally admitted to the M.A. TESOL program by enrolling for at least one semester in the Pre-Masters Program (PMP) offered through ESLI at Trinity Western University. For more information, contact the Director of Graduate Admissions or the Director of ESLI. Admission to PMP-1 requires an iBT TOEFL score of 88 points: Admission to PMP-2 requires an iBT TOEFL score of 100.
The M.A. TESOL program requires a high level of English language skill. To meet this need, a Graduate English Language Support (GELS) program is available to provide the mentoring support required to help students succeed in a graduate program. Non-native English speaking applicants may be required to enter the GELS program for the first three semesters online or the first two semesters in the RMT. (An additional fee will be assessed.) Students may exit the GELS program with the approval of their program director.
Students who need the GELS program are required to arrive on campus one week prior to the July summer courses. In fall and spring semesters, GELS support is provided both online and on campus. Students who require more personal support through the GELS program may be required to live in the Vancouver area for fall and spring semesters, again at the discretion of the TESOL Director.
For Native English Speakers:
Sometimes English speaking students come to Trinity Western from areas of the world or social contexts which have significant language or dialect differences from the English used in a Canadian university context. For these students, the GELS program may be of great practical assistance; students should consider this option since the enhanced opportunity for success in the graduate program outweighs the extra cost of this service. If it becomes obvious that a student is struggling to keep up due to English difficulties, the program director may require an assessment of Academic English competency, and entry into the GELS program may be a requirement for continuance in the graduate program.back to top
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