The Pre-Destination York (Pre-DY) is an eight-week English language program for high school graduates who have not yet achieved the language requirements to enter the Destination York (DY) program.
Study in Toronto or Beijing
For eight weeks, you will have the opportunity to improve your English and academic skills, and prepare for the demands of the Destination York course work and the expectations of the undergraduate studies that follow. Most graduating Pre-DY students have acquired English skills equivalent to an IELTS 6.0, which qualifies them to enrol in the Destination York program
The Pre-Destination York program runs in Toronto from January through February and from September through October.
The Pre-Destination York program is offered in Beijing in May and June.
Jerry Carson, BA, MA
Jagrati Chauhan, MA, PhD, TESL Diploma
Jagrati has taught in post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities in Canada and India. She has also presented at various conferences and conducted webinars. She enjoys having the opportunity to further expand her knowledge of technology enhanced pedagogies and introduce a variety of different teaching and learning activities to better reflect the cultural diversity of the English Language Institute students.
Lindsey Gutt, B.A., B.Ed., B.Lit., M.Ed.
Besides writing a number of EFL textbooks, Lindsey has taught ESL / EFL and assisted with curriculum development through teacher training in Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe, and Canada since 1992. Lindsey has also presented at a number of conferences in Canada and abroad. One of Lindsey’s favourite parts of teaching at the English Language Institute is that it is in Canada. Originally an immigrant herself, she has come to learn how wonderfully vibrant, exciting, invigorating, respectful and peaceful Canada is.
Kareen Sharawy, BA, TESL, MATEFL
Kareen has taught in post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations in Canada, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe, and has presented in multiple international conferences since 2002. She enjoys accompanying her students on the journey of lifelong learning and empowerment through experiential learning. She has a passion for test preparation, university skills, and using technology in a friendly and an enjoyable multicultural environment.
Greg Smith, HBA, BEd, MA, PhD, TESL, OTC
Danny Tan, BA, TESL Dipl., MA Applied Linguistics
Danny has taught in leading universities internationally and in Toronto since 2003. He is a regular presenter at local and international conferences as a specialist in the acquisition of pronunciation strategies and approaches to blended learning. He enjoys watching students develop and “own” their language learning process. He encourages all his students to keep trying, for “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
Johanathan Woodworth, BSc, TESL Dipl., MA Applied Linguistics
Johan has taught in top post-secondary institutions in Canada and Asia. He has presented in local and international conferences and is published in various journals and magazines in the field of ESL. He enjoys fostering the ‘eureka’ moment in students’ learning process, where everything fits together. He also enjoys nurturing acceptance and tolerance in his classrooms.
Juanita Zhou, BA, MA
Juanita has taught ESL, EFL, and Film Studies in China, Singapore, U.S., and Canada, and has presented at local, national, and international conferences including TESL Toronto, TESL Canada, TESOL, Asia TEFL, and CLESOL. Juanita enjoys working with highly-motivated, conscientious, and respectful students who endeavour to broaden their horizon by taking on the challenge of learning a new language.
The Pre-DY will run for 20 hours a week over eight weeks. Typically, a four hour day will be split between advanced-level speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities and content-based modules (academic discussion topics, readings, and debates).
- Have graduated from high school and be academically admissible.
- Have attained a language test score of at least IELTS 5.5 OR TOEFL iBT 69 OR TOEFL paper 513, or attain a suitable grade on a York University English Language Institute language test.
- Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
- Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.
- Online: Available sessions
- Bank Transfers: Please contact the English Language Institute if you intend to pay by bank transfer. Please be aware that most international bank transfers requests will be charged a bank transfer fee. Please ask your bank for details. Students are responsible to ensure the money they have sent to English Language Institute covers any bank transfer fees.
- Money Order: The Money Order should be made payable to York University. Please mail the original Money Order to our office at the following mailing address:
York University English Language Institute
Suite 035 Founders College
4700 Keele Street
M3J 1P3 CANADA
- English Language Institute Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time only, non-refundable) for new students.
- York University Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time only, non-refundable) to submit an application for York University undergraduate studies.
- Health Insurance (Emergency Medical coverage) is available for an additional cost of $100.00.
If you are unable to join the first day of the course, please immediately contact us in order to find out the last possible day to attend the program. Attendance deadlines do apply.
*Fees subject to change
Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy, collegiality and mutual respect and to refrain from actions that would be disruptive to such a relationship;
It is the responsibility of the instructor to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom and the responsibility of the student to cooperate in that endeavour; and,
The instructor is the best person to decide, in first instance, whether such an atmosphere is present in the class and may at their discretion, take steps that they feel are appropriate to resolve an issue or dispute.
In any case, where a student feels that this policy has been violated, they are urged to: notify the instructor of the course/program as soon as possible. Students may be asked to provide a detailed written description of their complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the English Language Institute for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/