ESL Elementary

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ESL Elementary is a topic-based, integrated skills course designed to provide learners with basic 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. Emphasis at this level will be on survival skills and general topics of interest. Assessment will be both summative and cumulative and also serve to reinforce learning.


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

Total instructional hours 240
Total Co-op hours 0
Total program hours 240
Total program length (weeks) 12
  • A final course grade of 60% is required to pass this course.

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

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

  • Understand and produce the intermediate Headway 3 verb tenses required in a wider number of contexts, which includes becoming familiar with and using with some success both simple and continuous verb tense forms
  • Understand and use an increased amount of vocabulary related to everyday life situations,(food, hobbies, travel) survival skills, (at the airport, doctor’s) functions, (greetings, invitations, talking on the phone), and be able to hold conversations on both familiar and abstract topics
  • Be able to read and understand higher level articles in newspapers, magazines, short stories and biographies for both general and detailed information
  • Be able to understand greater detail in authentic recorded interviews, news broadcasts, announcements and songs
  • Be able to produce practical writing tasks, such as formal and informal letters, emails, narratives, a variety of descriptive texts/genres, and pro/con discursive essays Students will have learned a wider range of sentence types and be able to link sentences together with a wider variety of connectors.

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%.

☒ 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.

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