English as a Second Language
Important Update: December 1, Winter 2022 Course Delivery
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English Proficiency
Active Participation
6-Level Program
Pathway to University

Introducing the English as a Second Language Program

Through regular program assessment and review of student feedback, we observed that our early English language learners needed to develop fundamental language skills prior to the introduction of academic concepts, e.g. essay writing, which are introduced in the EAP program.

We listened to our students, and have completely revamped the lower levels of our EAP program into a contemporary and energized foundational ESL program.

The AC ESL program offers a student-centered and interactive approach to English language acquisition. The program has been designed for beginner to intermediate-level students, and replaces the lower levels (ENGL 095-097) of the English for Academic Purposes program (EAP).

Program Description

Our Curriculum

The AC ESL curriculum was developed by starting with the fundamental learning outcomes and working backwards, bringing the English language to life through the creation of an interactive learning experience.

The program's goal is to engage students in skill-based active learning that focuses on the most effective ways to evolve their language proficiency.

Building Confidence

Language learners tend to judge their language acquisition based on their speaking progression, therefore the AC ESL program aims to increase a student’s confidence in speaking English through practice and setting attainable goals.

Our program intends to create a personalized and creative learning experience by addressing and focusing on common learner errors, real world situations, practical writing tasks, and active participation.

Practice Your Skills

Ultimately, we offer a unique and energized program that not only enhances student’s English language skills, but also teaches students how to employ these language skills in their everyday lives.

After successful completion of this program, the student will have achieved an intermediate level of language proficiency.

Pathway Lists

Alexander College’s ENGL 099 is transferrable to many colleges and universities in British Columbia, including:

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Camosun College (CAMO)
  • Capilano University (CAPU)
  • College of the Rockies (COTR)
  • Douglas College (DOUG)
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
  • Langara College (LANG)
  • North Island College (NIC)
  • Okanagan College (OC)
  • Selkirk College (SELK)
  • Thompson Rivers University (TRU)
  • University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)
  • University of Victoria (UVIC)
  • Vancouver Community College (VCC)
  • Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Alexander College’s ENGL 100 is transferrable to many colleges and universities in British Columbia, including:

  • Camosun College (CAMO)
  • Capilano University (CAPU)
  • Coast Mountain College (CMTN)
  • College of New Caledonia (CNC)
  • College of the Rockies (COTR)
  • Emily Carr University (EC)
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
  • Langara College (LAN)
  • North Island College (NIC)
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)
  • Okanagan College (OC)
  • Simon Fraser University (SFU)
  • Thompson Rivers University (TRU)
  • Trinity Western University (TWU)
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver (UBC-V)
  • University of British Columbia, Okanagan (UBC-O)
  • University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)
  • University of Victoria (UVIC)
  • Vancouver Island University (VIU)

Additional requirements may apply. Please check with the college or university for specific admission requirements.

Application Procedure for ESL Program

  1. Complete the Online Application for Admission: www.alexandercollege.ca/apply
  2. Pay the $200 CAD Application Fee
  3. Complete the English Placement Test

Students registered in our ESL program can enjoy the additional benefits as follow:

  • Academic Pathways to BC colleges and universities
  • Academic Advising Services in a variety of languages
  • Free one on one Tutoring Service
  • Library Service
  • Weekly Cambridge Test Preparation Workshop
  • Certificate of completion for each level
  • Health and Wellness Support
  • Student Portal: myAC and Canvas
  • Student Activities

ESL Levels and Duration

There are 6 levels of ESL at AC. Each ESL level involves a 7-week program of 20 hours per week of study.

  • English Foundations I - EASL 068

    This is the foundational course in the ESL series. At this level, a student may have no prior knowledge of English and will learn the basics, so they are able to communicate simple needs. Students will learn to communicate words and ideas and understand concepts when spoken slowly and clearly. They will also learn to recognize and write letters, numbers, short words, and very short, simple phrases related to everyday situations.

  • English Foundations II - EASL 069

    At this level, students continue to build foundational skills and are learning to master the basics of English, so they can interact with others in a simple way. Students will learn how to use familiar everyday expressions, how to ask and answer questions about personal details, and how to write personal information. Students are beginning to guess the meaning of unknown words in texts and use visual clues. They are developing an understanding of simple language structures, everyday vocabulary, and can use these to construct simple sentences about personal experiences.

  • Beginner I - EASL 078

    At this level, students are introduced to the language and skills needed to communicate and understand basic information about common everyday activities, experiences, wants and needs in small group settings. Students learn to identify the purpose, main ideas, and some specific details in texts, and also to write multi-sentence compositions with a developing understanding of spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

  • Beginner II - EASL 079

    At this level, students are introduced to frequently used expressions related to their personal areas of interest, and are able to communicate in conversations and in simple forms of written communication. Students can understand key words, phrases and the overall meaning of short texts related to familiar topics. Students learn to use more complex grammatical structures, mechanics, and topic-specific vocabulary.

  • Intermediate I - EASL 088

    At this level, students learn to maintain small group discussions and build their fluency, developing strategies for responding to moderately complex communication styles and settings. Students also learn to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans with clear pronunciation. Finally, students learn to identify the purpose, main ideas, important details, links between paragraphs, and styles in texts. The course builds on vocabulary and grammatical structures, so students are able to produce simple connected paragraphs on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

  • Intermediate II - EASL 089

    At this level, students learn to extract the main ideas from texts, and to engage in more complex discussions about their areas of interest. The course covers a range of vocabulary, which includes idioms and colloquial expressions. Students build fluency and spontaneity through regular interaction with other speakers. They produce clear, detailed writing on a wide range of subjects and learn to express their point of view by writing about a topical issue, citing the advantages and disadvantages of various options with proper mechanics.

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