Students of VIU's ESL in Canada program in class

English as a Second Language Courses

ESLF 011 Language Foundations 1: Reading & Writing (Ends May 2022)

The focus of this course is reading and writing skills in English. Students will improve their reading comprehension and general writing skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in listening and speaking skills. ESLF 011 was formerly called ESLA 050; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 041 and ESLF 042, or equivalent.

Co-requisites: ESLU 052.

ESLF 011 Language Foundations 1: Reading & Writing (Effective May 2022)

The focus of this course is reading and writing skills in English. Students will improve their reading comprehension and general writing skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in listening and speaking skills. ESLF 011 was formerly called ESLA 010; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Achievement of level-designated scores on VIU English language placement tests is required for enrollment.

Co-requisites: ESLF 012.

ESLF 012 Language Foundations 1: Listening & Speaking (Ends May 2022)

The focus of this course is listening and speaking skills in English. Students will improve their listening comprehension and conversation skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in reading and writing skills. ESLF 012 was formerly called ESLA 010; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: None.

Co-requisites: ESLF 011.

ESLF 012 Language Foundations 1: Listening & Speaking (Effective May 2022)

The focus of this course is listening and speaking skills in English. Students will improve their listening comprehension and conversation skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in reading and writing skills. ESLF 012 was formerly called ESLA 010; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Achievement of level-designated scores on VIU English language placement tests is required for enrollment.

Co-requisites: ESLF 011.

ESLF 021 Language Foundations 2: Reading & Writing (Ends May 2022)

The focus of this course is reading and writing skills in English. Students will improve their reading comprehension and general writing skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in listening and speaking skills. ESLF 021 was formerly called ESLA 020; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 011 and ESLF 012, or equivalent.

Co-requisites: ESLF 022.

ESLF 021 Language Foundations 2: Reading & Writing (Effective May 2022)

The focus of this course is reading and writing skills in English. Students will improve their reading comprehension and general writing skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in listening and speaking skills. ESLF 021 was formerly called ESLA 020; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 011 and ESLF 012; or achievement of level-designated scores on VIU English language placement tests.

Co-requisites: ESLF 022.

ESLF 022 Language Foundations 2: Listening & Speaking (Ends May 2022)

The focus of this course is listening and speaking skills in English. Students will improve their listening comprehension and conversation skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in reading and writing skills. ESLF 022 was formerly called ESLA 020; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 011 and ESLF 012, or equivalent.

Co-requisites: ESLF 021.

ESLF 022 Language Foundations 2: Listening & Speaking (Effective May 2022)

The focus of this course is listening and speaking skills in English. Students will improve their listening comprehension and conversation skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in reading and writing skills. ESLF 022 was formerly called ESLA 020; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 011 and ESLF 012; or achievement of level-designated scores on VIU's English language placement tests.

Co-requisites: ESLF 021.

ESLF 031 Language Foundations 3: Reading & Writing (Ends May 2022)

The focus of this course is reading and writing skills in English. Students will improve their reading comprehension and writing skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in listening and speaking. ESLF 031 was formerly called ESLA 030; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 021 and ESLF 022, or equivalent.

Co-requisites: ESLF 032.

ESLF 031 Language Foundations 3: Reading & Writing (Effective May 2022)

The focus of this course is reading and writing skills in English. Students will improve their reading comprehension and writing skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in listening and speaking. ESLF 031 was formerly called ESLA 030; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 021 and ESLF 022; or achievement of level-designated scores on VIU's English language placement tests.

Co-requisites: ESLF 032.

ESLF 032 Language Foundations 3: Listening & Speaking (Ends May 2022)

The focus of this course is listening and speaking skills in English. Students will improve their listening comprehension and conversation skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in reading and writing skills. ESLF 032 was formerly called ESLA 030; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 021 and ESLF 022, or equivalent.

Co-requisites: ESLG 031.

ESLF 032 Language Foundations 3: Listening & Speaking (Effective May 2022)

The focus of this course is listening and speaking skills in English. Students will improve their listening comprehension and conversation skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in reading and writing skills. ESLF 032 was formerly called ESLA 030; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 021 and ESLF 022; or achievement of level-designated scores on VIU's English language placement tests.

Co-requisites: ESLF 031.

ESLU 041 University Preparation 4: Reading & Writing (Ends May 2022)

The focus of this course is university preparatory reading and writing skills in English. Students will improve their reading comprehension, writing skills and academic skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in listening and speaking skills. ESLU 041 was formerly called ESLA 040; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 031 and ESLF 032, or equivalent.

Co-requisites: ESLU 042.

ESLU 041 University Preparation 4: Reading & Writing (Effective May 2022)

The focus of this course is university preparatory reading and writing skills in English. Students will improve their reading comprehension, writing skills and academic skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in listening and speaking skills. ESLU 041 was formerly called ESLA 040; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 031 and ESLF 032; or overall IELTS score of 5.5 with no band less than 5; or achievement of level-designated scores on VIU English language placement tests.

Co-requisites: ESLU 042.

ESLU 042 University Preparation 4: Listening & Speaking (Ends May 2022)

The focus of this course is university preparatory listening and speaking skills in English. Students will improve their listening comprehension, conversation skills and academic skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in academic reading and writing skills. ESLU 042 was formerly called ESLA 040; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 031 and ESLF 032, or equivalent.

Co-requisites: ESLU 041.

ESLU 042 University Preparation 4: Listening & Speaking (Effective May 2022)

The focus of this course is university preparatory listening and speaking skills in English. Students will improve their listening comprehension, conversation skills and academic skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in academic reading and writing skills. ESLU 042 was formerly called ESLA 040; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 031 and ESLF 032; or overall IELTS score of 5.5 with no band less than 5; or achievement of level-designated scores on VIU English language placement tests.

Co-requisites: ESLU 041.

ESLU 051 University Preparation 5: Reading & Writing (Ends May 2022)

The focus of this course is university preparatory reading and writing skills in English. Students will improve their reading comprehension, writing skills and academic skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in listening and speaking skills. ESLU 051 was formerly called ESLA 050; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 041 and ESLF 042, or equivalent.

Co-requisites: ESLU 052.

ESLU 051 University Preparation 5: Reading & Writing (Effective May 2022)

The focus of this course is university preparatory reading and writing skills in English. Students will improve their reading comprehension, writing skills and academic skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in listening and speaking skills. ESLU 051 was formerly called ESLA 050; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 041 and ESLF 042; or overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5; or achievement of level-designated scores on VIU's English language placement tests.

Co-requisites: ESLU 052.

ESLU 052 University Preparation 5: Listening & Speaking (Ends May 2022)

The focus of this course is university preparatory listening and speaking skills in English. Students will improve their listening comprehension, conversation skills and academic skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in academic reading and writing skills. ESLU 052 was formerly called ESLA 050; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: ESLF 041 and ESLF 042, or equivalent.

Co-requisites: ESLU 051.

ESLU 052 University Preparation 5: Listening & Speaking (Effective May 2022)

The focus of this course is university preparatory listening and speaking skills in English. Students will improve their listening comprehension, conversation skills and academic skills through intensive participatory practice. In addition, they will work on increasing vocabulary and grammatical accuracy, while developing fluency in academic reading and writing skills. ESLU 052 was formerly called ESLA 050; credit will not be granted for both courses. (0:20:0 for 7 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in each of ESLF 041 and ESLF 042; or overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5; or achievement of level-designated scores on VIU's English language placement tests.

Co-requisites: ESLU 051.

ESLG 050 Graduate Preparation (Ends May 2022)

The purpose of ESLG 050 is to prepare students for graduate level classes in VIU. While giving students the opportunity to enhance their discussion and presentation skills, this course will focus on developing reading strategies, responding to readings, putting together literature reviews, and writing reports. (20:0:0 for 13 weeks)

Prerequisite: Conditional acceptance into a graduate program at VIU; and either a min. TOEFL IBT 80 with no sections under 19, or IELTS 6.0 with no band under 5.5, or equivalent.

ESLG 050 Graduate Preparation (Effective May 2022)

The purpose of Grad Preparation is to prepare students for graduate level classes at VIU, while giving students the opportunity to enhance their discussion, listening and presentation skills. This course will focus on developing reading strategies, responding to readings, putting together literature reviews, and writing for graduate specific tasks. (20:0:0 for 14 weeks)

Prerequisite: Min. "B" in each of ESLU 051 and ELSU 052; or an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.