Students of VIU's ESL in Canada program in class

English as a Second Language Courses

ESLA 010 ESL Academic Preparation 1

Students will study an integrated curriculum. Their oral skills will allow them to understand general meaning and feel more confident when speaking about familiar topics. Their writing skills will develop so that students are beginning to write in paragraphs. ESLA 010 was formerly called ESLA 001; credit will not be granted for both courses.

Prerequisite: ESL assessment test.

ESLA 020 ESL Academic Preparation 2

ESL Academic Preparation 2 is a course which integrates the four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will actively practice all aspects of English and focus on enhancing academic English with communication skills. The goal of this course is to develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in English.

Prerequisite: ESL assessment test.

ESLA 030 Academic Preparation 3

There is a concentration on academic reading, writing, and an introduction to literature. Some students will be able to take specified academic courses and others will take a series of modules on specific skills. A passing grade in Academic Preparation 5 will allow students direct entry to VIU programs without further English testing.

Prerequisite: ESL assessment test.

ESLA 040 Academic Preparation 4

There is a concentration on academic reading, writing, and an introduction to literature. Some students will be able to take specified academic courses and others will take a series of modules on specific skills. A passing grade in Academic Preparation 5 will allow students direct entry to VIU programs without further English testing.

Prerequisite: ESL assessment test.

ESLA 045 Advanced Academic English

ESLA 045 supports students' studies in Canadian universities by enhancing the scope of their existing English language skill base. With a focus on reading and writing, complex grammar structures, and vocabulary development, this course introduces academic concepts such as independent learning, intellectual property, and academic integrity.

Prerequisite: Permission of department.

ESLA 050 Academic Preparation 5

There is a concentration on academic reading, writing, and an introduction to literature. Some students will be able to take specified academic courses and others will take a series of modules on specific skills. A passing grade in Academic Preparation 5 will allow student direct entry to VIU programs without further English testing.

Prerequisite: ESL assessment test.

ESLB 005 Access

Students will acquire basic English language skills that will prepare them for either the Academic Preparation Program or the Communications Program. There will be an emphasis on developing oral and written language skills. ESLB 005 was formerly called ESLC 010; credit will not be granted for both courses.

Prerequisite: ESL assessment test.

ESLC 010 Communications 1

The program addresses all skill areas and provides level-appropriate, supported, sustained and authentic contact with native speakers of English in a variety of cultural and community settings. Students are given an opportunity to engage in authentic language experiences that include volunteering, community contact and campus events.

Prerequisite: ESLB 005 or ESL assessment test.

ESLC 015 Communications 2 - Intermediate Skills

Students will practice and extend listening and speaking skills, with opportunity to develop all language skills, with an emphasis on developing oral communication and confidence. Oriented to intermediate level learners, the course provides interactive activities featuring Canadian and cross-cultural communication, including various presentation venues, as well as drama and debates.

Prerequisite: ESLC 010 or ESL Assessment.

ESLC 020 Communications 2

The program addresses all skill areas and provides level-appropriate, supported, sustained and authentic contact with native speakers of English in a variety of cultural and community settings. Students are given an opportunity to engage in authentic language experiences that include volunteering, community contact and campus events. ESLC 020 was formerly called ESLC 015; credit will not be granted for both courses.

Prerequisite: ESLC 010, ESLA 010, or ESL assessment.

ESLC 030 Communications 3

The program addresses all skill areas and provides level-appropriate, supported, sustained and authentic contact with native speakers of English in a variety of cultural and community settings. Students are given an opportunity to engage in authentic language experiences that include volunteering, community contact and campus events. ESLC 030 was formerly called ESLC 020; credit will not be granted for both courses.

Prerequisite: ESLC 015, ESLC 020, ESLA 030, ESLA 040 or ESL assessment.

ESLG 050 Graduate Preparation

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.

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.

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