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The 2017/2018 Academic timetable will be posted Monday April 3, 2017.

Continuing student registration for 2017/2018 Academic year begins on Monday May 8, 2017.

New student registration begins on Tuesday May 23, 2017.

The college reserves the right to change its course offerings at any time. Note: Not all courses listed are offered every term. Unless otherwise specified, a minimum of letter grade of C is required to meet a prerequisite.

Courses for Academic English Language Program

ENG-098

Essay Writing And Critical Reading

3 hours lecture, or distance (D), 2 credits

English 098 is designed to prepare students for the reading, writing, and critical thinking demands they will encounter in either the workplace, college programs or university-level courses. The course assists students to develop reading, research and reference skills and write effective sentences, paragraphs, and a variety of essays. A research essay or a research assignment will also be produced. They will also apply critical thinking skills to situations ranging from problem solving to media literacy. This course satisfies the requirements for English in the ABE Provincial Level Diploma Program. Credit will only be granted for either ENG 096 or ENG 098.

Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Provincial English 11, English 11 First Peoples, ENG 052, or equivalent articulated BC college course, or placement testing. It is strongly recommended that students consider placement testing if prerequisite course were completed more than five years ago.


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ESL-031

Intermediate Reading & Writing 1

3 credits

ESL 031 is a lower intermediate reading and writing course (Canadian Benchmark 4-5). It continues from ESL 003 or ESA 030. It is intended to complement 034, although it can be taken independently. The focus of the course is to give the student the ability to read and write a variety of materials in informal, predictable settings. This includes reading such as graded readers at the elementary level, pamphlets and brochures, questionnaires, and news articles at the appropriate level. Students will learn to read for pleasure and information, while increasing vocabulary and written skills. Students will also develop skills to write a basic paragraph and personal letters.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 4, or ESL 003, or Assessment by ESL Department


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ESL-032

Intermediate Reading & Writing 2

3 credits

ESL 032 is an intermediate reading and writing course (Canadian Benchmark 5-6) continuing from ESL 031. It is intended to complement 035, although it can be taken independently. The focus of the course is to give the student the ability to read and write a wide selection of materials in formal and informal situations, inside and outside the class. This may include readings such as graded readers, essays, graphs and charts, and news articles at the appropriate level. Students will learn to read for pleasure and information while increasing vocabulary and reading skills. Students will also develop skills to write a well developed paragraph, take notes and write business letters.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 5, or C+ in ESL 031 and ESL 037, or Assessment by ESL Department


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ESL-034

Intermediate Listening & Speaking 1

3 credits

ESL 034 is a lower intermediate listening and speaking course (Canadian Language Benchmarks 4- 5). It is intended to complement ESL 031, the focus of which is reading, writing and grammar. The course is designed for students exiting from ESA 030 or ESL 008. Listening skills progress from understanding the gist to starting to comprehend key words and details in extended exchanges or spoken texts. Speaking skills focus on participating in a variety of complex activities or situations involving multiple purposes and participants (e.g. group work, discussions and debates), and participating outside ESL classes in informal, predictable social contacts. The course concentrates on the process of communication and stresses the importance of communicative strategies and the functional use of English. It provides learners with functional phrases that they can incorporate into their active language as they interact with their classmates in pair or group work, as well as outside the classroom in daily life. Themes are relevant to the learners' personal experience, like family life and adjusting to a new country, as well as to present classroom experience, such as study skills.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 4, or ESL 008, or Assessment by ESL Department.


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ESL-035

Intermediate Listening & Speaking 2

3 credits

ESL 035 is an intermediate listening and speaking course (Canadian Language Benchmarks 6), continuing on from ESL 034 and intended to complement ESL 032, although it can be taken independently if reading and writing is not a perceived student need or if the student has time constraints. The focus of the course is the comprehension of key words and details in extended exchanges or spoken texts as well as participation in a variety of complex activities or situations involving multiple purposes and participants (e.g. group work, discussions, debates) in the classroom and in informal, predictable social contacts outside the ESL class. The course concentrates on the process of communication and stresses the importance of communicative strategies and the functional use of English. It provides learners with functional phrases that they can incorporate into their active language as they interact with their classmates in pair or group work, as well as outside the classroom in daily life. Themes are relevant to the learners' personal lives as well as reflective of broader issues, such as communication, health and fitness, media, advertising and the environment.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 5, or ESL 034, or Assessment by ESL Department.


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ESL-037

Intermediate Grammar 1

3 hrs lecture/seminar, 2 credits

ESL 037 is a lower intermediate grammar course (Canadian Benchmark 4-5). It continues from ESL 003 or ESA 030. It is intended to complement ESL 031 and 034, although it can be taken independently. The focus of the course is to give the student the ability to identify and apply the rules of grammar to a variety of both spoken and written communications in informal and predictable settings.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 4, or ESL 003, or Assessment by ESL Department


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ESL-038

Intermediate Grammar 2

3 hrs lecture/seminar, 2 credits

ESL 038 is an intermediate grammar course (Canadian Benchmark 5-6) continuing from ESL 037. It is intended to complement ESL 032 and ESL 035 although it can be taken independently. The focus of the course is to increase the student's knowledge of grammatical rules so that they may be applied to a variety of spoken and written communications in both formal and informal predictable settings.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 5, or ESL 037, or Assessment by ESL Department


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ESL-040

Pronunciation

3 hours lecture, 2 credits

This course will use a number of approaches and techniques to increase students' awareness of the English sound system and their ability to speak English clearly.

Prerequisite(s):

  • ESL English skills assessment


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ESL-051

Advanced Writing & Reading 1

9 hrs lecture, group work, & seminar; 3 credits

This highly interactive writing and reading course(Canadian Language Benchmarks 7) is of interest to students who wish to refine their writing and reading skills and/or prepare for further education and training. Students will develop their ability to clearly communicate in a variety of academic and non-academic contexts. To help develop effective written expression, students will study points of sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, style, and usage. Special emphasis being given to areas of particular difficulty for ESL students. Reading, vocabulary, and academic skills will be developed through the study of authentic readings and focussed vocabulary work, while speaking skills will be promoted through discussions and presentations.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 6, or C+ in ESL 032 and ESL 038, or Assessment by ESL Department.


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ESL-052

Advanced Writing & Reading 2

9 hrs lecture, group work, & seminar; 3 credits

This is a continuation of ESL 051. Writing will begin with a review of the paragraph, moving quickly into essays. The focus will be on academic English.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 7, or C+ in ESL 051 and ESL 057, or Assessment by ESL Department


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ESL-054

Advanced Listening & Speaking 1

3 credits

ESL 054 is a lower advanced speaking and listening course (Canadian Language Benchmark 7) and is intended to complement ESL 051. ESL 054 is intended to improve students' overall communication skills. Besides increasing their fluency in English, students will develop higher-level listening and communication strategies as well as critical \thinking and note-taking skills. Students will learn to comprehend authentic language from a variety of contexts, including short lectures. They will learn effective use of a variety of language structures and will increase their vocabulary skills and use of idiomatic language. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and give oral presentations. They will also improve their pronunciation by learning and practicing the sound, rhythm and stress patterns of English. In addition, students will use basic computer and internet skills for informal research and communication.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 6, or ESL 035, or Assessment by ESL Department.


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ESL-055

Advanced Listening & Speaking 2

3 credits

ESL 055 is an advanced speaking and listening course (Canadian Language Benchmark 8) and is intended to complement ESL 052. ESL 055 is intended to further improve students' overall communication skills. Besides increasing their fluency in English, students will develop higher-level listening and communication strategies as well as critical thinking and note-taking skills. Students will learn to comprehend authentic language from a variety of contexts, including short lectures. They will learn effective use of a variety of language structures and will increase their vocabulary skills and use of idiomatic language. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and give formal oral presentations. They will also improve their pronunciation of the sound, rhythm and stress patterns of English. In addition, students will use basic computer and Internet skills for communication and informal and formal research.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 7, or C+ in ESL 054, or Assessment by ESL Department.


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ESL-057

Advanced Grammar 1

3 hours classroom, 2 credits

The primary focus of this course is the development of grammatical accuracy in written and spoken communication. The following will facilitate the development of effective expression: grammar structure, meaning and usage. Special emphasis will be given to areas of difficulty for ESL students. In addition, speaking and listening skills will be furthered through communicative drills, discussions, and presentations.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 6, or ESL 038, or Assessment by the ESL Department.


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ESL-058

Advanced Grammar 2

2 credits

The primary focus of this course is the development of grammatical accuracy in written and spoken communication. The following will facilitate the development of effective expression: grammar structure, meaning and usage. Special emphasis will be given to areas of difficulty for ESL students. Students will use particular grammar structures to write paragraphs. In addition, speaking and listening skills will be furthered through communicative drills, discussions, and presentation.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 7, C+ in ESL 057, or Assessment by ESL Department


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ESL-071

Directed English Language Studies 1

3 hours seminar, 2 credits

This course is a seminar/ workshop that develops and deepens students' English language skills through personalized, directed language instruction/ learning. Students work on and develop the language and academic skills that are essential for their success. The course is intended for students who have learned or are learning English as an additional language.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Must be registered in ESL 031 or higher.
  • Take ESL-031, ESL-032, ESL-033, ESL-034, ESL-035, ESL-036, ESL-037, ESL-038, ESL-040, ESL-041, ESL-042, ESL-043, ESL-051, ESL-052, ESL-054, ESL-055, ESL-057 and ESL-058


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ESL-072

Directed English Language Studies 2

3 hours seminar, 2 credits

This course is a seminar/ workshop that develops and deepens students' English language skills through personalized, directed language instruction/ learning. Students work on and develop the language and academic skills that are essential for their success. The course is intended for students who have learned or are learning English as an additional language.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Must be registered in ESL 031 or higher.
  • Take ESL-031, ESL-032, ESL-034, ESL-035, ESL-037, ESL-038, ESL-040, ESL-041, ESL-042, ESL-043, ESL-051, ESL-052, ESL-053, ESL-054, ESL-055, ESL-057 and ESL-058


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ESL-073

Directed English Language Studies 3

3 hours seminar, 2 credits

This course is a seminar/ workshop that develops and deepens students' English language skills through personalized, directed language instruction/ learning. Students work on and develop the language and academic skills that are essential for their success. The course is intended for students who have learned or are learning English as an additional language.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Must be registered in ESL 031 or higher.
  • Take ESL-031, ESL-032, ESL-034, ESL-035, ESL-036, ESL-037, ESL-038, ESL-040, ESL-041, ESL-042, ESL-043, ESL-051, ESL-052, ESL-054, ESL-055, ESL-057 and ESL-058


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ESL-089

University & College Preparatory Reading

3 credits

ESL 089 is a college preparatory level course designed to give students the reading and vocabulary skills required to function at the college/university level. It is of interest to students who can already communicate comfortably in English and wish to develop their reading skills and vocabulary to the level required for entry into college and university courses. ESL 089 focuses on the development of reading and vocabulary strategies that will enable students to read and understand a wide variety of complex college-level texts written in a number of different forms and styles.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 8, or C+ in ESL 052, ESL 054, and ESL 058, or Assessment by ESL Department


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ESL-090

University & College Preparatory Writing

3 credits

ESL 090 is designed to prepare students for college/university level writing and communication. ESL 090 is equivalent to ENG 098 and meets the English prerequisite requirements of the majority of College and University Transfer programs. ESL 090 is of interest to students who can already communicate comfortably in English but who need to enhance and refine their writing and reading skills in English to the level required for entry into college or university courses. ESL 090 focuses on the development of sentence skills, on paragraph and summary writing, and on methods of essay and report development. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the development of higher level reading and vocabulary skills, while oral/aural skills will be addressed through listening, note taking, discussions, presentations and debates. Points of grammar, syntax, style and usage particular to ESL learners at the college entrance level will be given special attention.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 8 or, C+ in ESL 055 and ESL 089, or Assessment by ESL Department, or referral by English Department.


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ESL-094

Speaking & Pronunciation for University

3 hours lecture, 2 credits

ESL 094 is a university and college level speaking and pronunciation course (Canadian Language Benchmarks 8/9). It is meant to complement ESL 089 and ESL 090, but may be taken separately. Students will learn and apply conversational, discussion and presentation strategies that will allow them to effectively participate in academic and work settings. In addition, students will learn and apply pronunciation strategies that will increase the comprehensibility and effectiveness of their speech, as well as their ability to understand higher level discourse.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Certified CLB 8, or C in ESL 055,or assessment by ESL department.


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