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Learning MethodsMajor FocusThe AC DifferenceCareer Outlook

Learning Methods

This course uses a wide variety of methods to be relevant for different areas of study. A strong emphasis is placed on active participation and communication skills.

Major Focus

The focus is student success with topics including goal setting, time management, participation, active reading, note-taking, study skills, presentations, stress, and wellness.

The AC Difference

AC is proud to offer students who are struggling this opportunity to improve their skills so they can accomplish all of their goals. It’s a second chance that can make a huge difference.

Career Outlook

Students will examine employability skills desired by Canadian employers and learn how skills developed in the classroom are transferable to a wide variety of careers.

Course Descriptions

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UPRE 099- University Preparation (0 credits)

This full-time course (16 hours per week) teaches the tools students need to be successful in post-secondary education. Topics include: goal setting, time management, studying, note-taking, reading, writing, and oral communication.

Students who are suspended from the College due to academic performance (low GPA) may be reinstated on successful completion of UPRE 099.


ENGL 088 (formerly EASL 089, ENGL 097)

Other Requirements:

To be eligible to enroll in UPRE 099, a student must be on academic suspension from Alexander College due to low GPA or suspended for Academic or Behavioural Misconduct

Transfers to:

Not Available


Jordana Peters (MA, BA)


Jordana Peters (MA, BA)


Jordana Peters completed a B.A. in English and History at Simon Fraser University and her M.A. in English, also at SFU.

Jordana has been working with students in various capacities for years. She worked in Lithuania at the Summer Language Institute with international students from over 50 countries. She also worked for two years as a Teaching Assistant at SFU, where she further developed her love of teaching and her philosophy of education.

Her teaching style is student oriented and holistic with a focus on connecting students to the material and its real-world implications.

Cheryl Materi (MATESOL, TESOL, BA)


Cheryl Materi (MATESOL, TESOL, BA)


Cheryl Materi studied Contemporary English Literature at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. She began teaching English in China in 2008 then returned to Canada to complete the MATESOL program at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. After teaching again in China, Cheryl returned to Canada and moved to Vancouver where she has been teaching at various institutions since 2015. Cheryl has been at Alexander College since 2020, teaching EASL, UPRE, and tutoring in the WLC.

Raheb Zohrehfard


Raheb Zohrehfard


With his first degree in English Language and Literature, Raheb completed his post-graduate at UBC where he studied TESL. He has diverse teaching experience in EAP, Academic writing, Rhetoric, and communication (Capilano University, University Canada West, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Acsenda School of Management, Canadian College). He has post-graduate certificates in Rhetoric from the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University and varied assessment credentials from Cambridge University and Stanford Center for Professional Development. His academic sphere of interest includes Rhetoric and Composition, Second Language Writing, English for Specific Purposes, Educational Assessment and Program Evaluation, and Research Methods.



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