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Language Assessment and Essential Communication Skills

In order to ensure Sheridan graduates have the skills they need to excel in their field of employment, we consult regularly with employers through Program Advisory Committees and through research into the skills required of employees in today’s complex workplace. One of the most essential skills is that of effective communication.

Essential Communications Skills (ECS) (course code COMM19999), is a communications course intended to help you develop the written and spoken communication and presentation skills your future employers tell us you will need. This course will also help you develop the academic writing skills you will need throughout your program.

For more information on the course curriculum, check out the course outline for COMM19999. Students who are required to take Essential Communications Skills as part of their program must first complete a Language Assessment prior to the start of classes so they can be placed into the correct Communications Skills course.

Please note: Language Assessment test scores are valid for three years. If you have not enrolled in a communications course within three years of your Language Assessment, you will have to retake the Language Assessment. 

Fall 2019 Term

Students who are admitted to the following programs are required to complete a Language Assessment at Sheridan before classes begin in September.

Applicants starting full time programs in September 2019 and requiring a language assessment will be able to register for their test via myStudent Centre beginning in June.

Fall 2019 Programs Requiring Language Assessment

PADMK, PAMCM      Advertising & Marketing Communications  - Management HMC
PANCR  Animal Care    Davis
PARTF Art Fundamentals   Trafalgar
PJRNL    Journalism         Trafalgar
PCYCD   Child and Youth Care  Davis & Trafalgar
PCAJS Community and Justice Services Davis
PCESD Educational Support Diploma FT&PT Trafalgar
PCVAD, PCVAT  Visual and Creative Arts (year 1) Trafalgar
PECED Early Childhood Education FT & PT Davis & Trafalgar
PINDE  Interior Decorating   HMC
PMDAF      Media Fundamentals Trafalgar
PMMCA   Makeup for Media and Creative Arts   Trafalgar
PPAPN Performing Arts – Preparation  Trafalgar
PPSWK Personal Support Worker Davis
PPHTO Pharmacy Technician   Davis
PPOLF Police Foundations Davis
PPNSG  Practical Nursing Davis
PSSWK Social Service Worker   Davis & Trafalgar
PSSWG  Social Service Worker – Gerontology Davis & Trafalgar
PVETT Veterinary Technician Davis
PVMAS     Visual Merchandising Arts HMC

Communication Foundations and Essential Communication Skills

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Booking your Language Assessment

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Completing your Language Assessment

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Essential Communication Skills and Advanced Standing

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International Students and Language Assessment

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Language Assessment Scoring Rubric and Samples

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