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English Program

The English program is designed for students who wish to develop their English language skills through interactive classroom instruction. The program is divided into five levels and is based on the Ontario Ministry of Education Approved ESL curriculum.


Students will be tested to determine their level of proficiency in English and will be placed into Level 1 – 5 classes:


English Level

1

2

3

4

5

Course

Beginner ESL A

Pre-Intermediate ESLB

Intermediate ESL C

Pre-Advanced ESL D

Advanced ESL E


Each level requires approx. 8 weeks to complete.


Students can choose from two options:

  1. English Advantage
    • The English Advantage program consists of 4 hours/day of English studies.
  2. English Leaders
    • The English Leaders program consists of 5 hours/day of English studies and is designed for students who desire a more intensive curriculum and faster progress.

Features

  • ESL Certified Instructors
  • Ontario Ministry of Education Approved Courses
  • Opportunity to take other Academic Courses in English
  • Constant classroom interaction with local English speaking students
  • 100% Success Record
  • Daily & Weekly Excursions, Activities, and Field Trips
  • Upon completion can enroll in University Pathway Program

Start Dates

Start any second Monday.


Level 1 – ESLA (Beginner)

This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce them to the English language and help them adjust to the diversity in their new environment. Students will use beginning English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes. They will:

  • Engage in short conversations using basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns
  • Read short adapted texts and write phrases and short sentences
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada
Level 2 – ESLB (Pre-Intermediate)

This course extends students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English for everyday and academic purposes. Students will:

  • Participate in conversations in structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics
  • Read a variety of texts designed or adapted for English language learners
  • Expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures and sentence patterns
  • Link English sentences to compose paragraphs

The course also supports students’ continuing adaptation to the Ontario school system by expanding their knowledge of diversity in their new province and country.


Level 3 – ESLC (Intermediate)

This course further extends students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English for a variety of everyday and academic purposes. Students will:

  • Make short classroom oral presentations
  • Read a variety of adapted and original texts in English
  • Write using a variety of text forms
  • Expand their academic vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate their transition to the mainstream school program

This course also introduces students to the rights and responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and to a variety of current Canadian issues.


Level 4 – ESLD (Pre-Advanced)

This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed citizens. Students will:

  • Develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects
  • Extend listening and speaking skills through participation in discussions and seminars
  • Study and interpret a variety of grade level texts
  • Write narratives, articles, and summaries in English
Level 5 ELSE (Advanced)

This course provides students with the skills and strategies they need to make the transition to College and University preparation courses in English and other secondary school disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in a range of academic tasks. They will:

  • Participate in debates and lead classroom workshops
  • Read and interpret literary works and academic texts
  • Write essays, narratives, and reports
  • Apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively

Students will further develop their ability to respond critically to print and media texts.

 

**Please refer to the FEES page for a complete list of fees.


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