ESL Foundations

  • Entry CLB levels: Pre B – CLB 5
  • Students focus on all skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary development.
  • Technology is used as an important component in language learning.
  • Variety of methods are used to enrich the learning environment: discussions, student presentations, role-plays, group projects and various activities.
  • Learners are encouraged to take responsibility of their own learning by completing additional out of class homework and assignments. Tutoring available to support students with various needs.
  • Skill Specific courses are offered to strengthen foundational skills: Communication & Presentation Skills, Enhanced Writing Skills, Computer Skills, Numeracy, and Work Strategies.

ESL Pathways Preparation

  • Students work to achieve CLB 7
  • Prepares those who are interested in eventually entering a professional or academic environment.
  • Prepares students for EAP and EEP courses.
  • Focuses on a core set of skills and competencies needed to build a strong foundation for further education or employment.
  • Vocabulary expansion and high intermediate listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  • Students begin to learn how to write essays, reports, and read academic and non-academic articles.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

  • Students will work to achieve CLB 8 and higher.
  • Prepares students for further education at post secondary level.
  • Students will expand their academic vocabulary, and develop advanced listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • Focus on various academic study skills (e.g., test taking and note taking skills, critical thinking, reading and writing, research, etc.).

English for Employment Purposes (EEP)

  • Students will work to achieve CLB 8 and higher.
  • Prepares students for employment through further development of their language skills.
  • Students develop language skills required for success in Canadian workplace.
  • Focus on various skills including effective communication, presentations, meeting participation, persuasive writing strategies, informational and analytical report writing).

Communication and Presentation Skills
This course supports students in developing their oral communication skills as well as presentation skills by using a variety of authentic activities such as discussion groups, role plays, presentations, lectures, and interviews in genuine contexts. The main focus of this course is to introduce students to the natural characteristics of the spoken language in formal and informal contexts while learning to use critical thinking skills and develop cultural competency. Students will have opportunities to practice their listening and speaking skills in a variety of situations such as in person conversations, on the phone, in group settings, and in the community.

Writing Enhancement
This course will offer a structured approach to writing as a process of learning. It introduces students to paragraph and essay organization and sentence structure, assisting them to learn to produce well organized and clearly developed paragraphs that are essential to academic writing in English. Students will learn how to organize different paragraph types, including narrative, cause and effect, comparison and contrast, and descriptive paragraphs. Extensive practice is provided to write with accuracy and confidence.