Dear (Mr / Ms. whoever, since their names are usually shown on their universities' websites)
I would like to inquire a few things about your linguistic program. My name is HKB, turning 22 this year, plans to major linguistic and possibly teach English overseas upon graduation. I am somewhat at a loss right now because I recently made the switch from fine art stream. And for that reason I've never done OAC English in high school. I did my grade 12 English but that was before OAC disappeared and the curriculum changed. I did graduate from a one-year post-secondary art program, which included a college-level English course, but the grade wasn't very impressive because, even back then my priority was improving my drawing skills and English wasn't much of my interest.
English isn't my first language, and it only recently came into realization that good language skill is more than essential. And I thought your linguistic program would be a good place to start. And here's where my questions come in.
- Do you still require OAC or grade 12U English credit, or will I get by with my college English credit?
- Will TOEFL score be considered? I have a fair score of 283.
- I posess a decent level of English for an ESL student, but I'd like to further polish my English. I suppose many of your regular linguistic courses will help, but does the university offer any extra ESL / English courses?
- Is there anything you'll consider in place of high school English credits? maybe a nationally-certified English exam of some sort?
- How much is the tuition? (I'm a Canadian citizen)
- Do linguistic departments in different univerisities specialize in different languages? Korean is my first language, and I'm currently studying Japanses on my own. I may decide to become an interpreter in those languages (from / to English, of course). Would certain universites focus on certain langauges?
If OAC / grade 12U English is a must, I plan to take those courses at an adult school and apply next year. I'm in a predicament where, others in my age are graduating from their post-secondary institutions and I haven't even gotten into one yet, all because of my recent switch of path from fine art stream. If you'd be kind enough to spare a few minuites and provide suggestions / feedbacks I would be very grateful.