ESL Advanced

  /  ESL Advanced

ESL Advanced is a topic-based, integrated skills course designed to provide learners with language instruction to function naturally in an English language environment. Activities and materials are authentic, engaging and highly interactive. The course will provide opportunities to practice and review new language in realistic contexts using all 4 skill areas—speaking, listening, reading and writing. At this level, language instruction builds on upper intermediate-level communication including more complex language structures and richer vocabulary to discuss both familiar and unfamiliar topics with relative ease. Assessment will be both summative and cumulative and also serve to reinforce learning.


This is a Language course and does not lead to a career path.


Grade 12 graduate or mature student status (British Columbia 19 years or older)

Upon completion of this course the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Understand and use all the verb tenses in a wide number of contexts with a high degree of control
  • Understand and use an extensive amount of vocabulary to discuss everyday life situations and give reasonably balanced opinions on abstract concepts
  • Be able to read and understand explicit and implicit meaning in articles from newspapers and magazines, short stories, and academic texts
  • Be able to understand considerable detail in authentic recorded interviews, news broadcasts, announcements, academic lectures and songs, including implied and literal meaning
  • Be able to produce with a high degree of success, a wide variety of writing tasks, such as formal and informal letters, letters to the editor, emails, narratives, reports, reviews, articles, descriptive and discursive essays. Students will have learned and practiced a wide range of sentence types, and be able to link sentences together with a wide variety of connecting words and phrases

Course grading is indicated on the course outline. Generally assessment will consist of quizzes, exams, and assignments.

Students must approve all courses with at least 60%.

Total instructional hours 240
Total Co-op hours 0
Total program hours 240
Total program length (weeks) 12

☒ In-class instruction

☒ Distance education

☒ Combined delivery (both in-class and distance)

Not all courses may have textbooks. Textbooks are listed on the course outline. Textbooks may not be available through the college.

  • A final course grade of 60% is required to pass this course.

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