Continuing Education English as a Second Language Courses
These courses are offered by experienced ESL instructors who provide students with strategies to learn English through a variety of methods and assist them to develop confidence needed to use their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will be provided with opportunities to practice use of English for various tasks. Students will also build their knowledge of idioms, vocabulary, and grammar to be able to communicate in a culturally appropriate way. Each course runs for 12 weeks, two evenings a week, for a total of 60 hours.
Methods of Delivery
Continuing Education ESL Courses are offered to students at different language levels within the same class. Students will work in smaller groups using a level appropriate textbook and their instructor’s guidance to build on and expand their previous language knowledge and develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to be successful in Canadian society. Our knowledgeable instructors facilitate learning and create/design multilevel lessons to accommodate each student’s learning needs. Audio visual resources, as well as textbooks, are used in our computer lab and classroom setting to deliver these courses.
At lower levels, students will learn to compose paragraphs and use a variety of texts to expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures and sentence patterns. They participate in smaller group tasks, guided and structured activities, pair and individual work in a variety of familiar and new topics. Oral communication skills will be improved by learning to participate in small talks and discussions, express opinions, agree and disagree, express preferences and abilities. Fluency is the focus at the beginner levels.
At the intermediate and advanced levels, students will extend their skills in using English in more complex and demanding situations, with increasing fluency and accuracy. They will expand their academic vocabulary and study skills to be able to continue to other programs and trainings for further education. They improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills by participating in small group discussions, writing/reading narratives and articles, and participating in debates and small group activities. Providing explanations, expressing concerns, seeking advice, making suggestions, request for information, persuasive arguments to encourage or discourage others are the focus of oral communication skills and activities.
Continuing Education ESL courses are using an on-going method of assessment to measure students’ level of proficiency and their progress:
- Placement assessment will use CLB tasks to identify students’ starting level in the course.
- Diagnostic assessment will be used by the instructor in the first week of the course to identify learning gaps and the individual needs of students and assign the textbook.
- Formative assessment will be administered during the course delivery on a regular basis to measure the students’ progress and change of learning needs.
- Final assessment will summarize progress and will determine a portion of the final mark.
A certificate is issued to each participant after completing the course.
What to expect in Continuing Education ESL Courses
Beginner level (CONL033) (Canadian Language BM1-3)
Foundations Level Reading will focus on: making and confirming predictions; identifying main ideas; scanning to find specific information; using context clues; identifying cause and effect; understanding facts and opinions; understanding connections between nouns, pronouns, possessive adjectives and relative pronouns; and recognizing conclusions. Vocabulary development will be a significant part of the reading component.
Foundations Level Writing will focus on: writing various types of sentences using past, present, and simple tenses, paragraphs; putting ideas in order using various devices; topic sentences; staying on main idea; supporting detail; making comparisons; using phrases and clauses to add detail; writing conclusions; descriptive writing; narrative writing; writing opinions.
Foundations Level Grammar will focus on: present and past tenses of the verbs to be and to have; present and past tense of regular and irregular verbs; use of modals can, may, might and will; use of comparative adjectives; use of very, too and enough.
Intermediate (CONL 035 & 040) (Canadian Language Benchmarks 4-6)
Intermediate Level 1 Reading will focus on: making and confirming predictions; identifying main ideas and different types of supporting details; compare information from different sources; take double entry notes to interact with the text; analyze advantages and disadvantages; analyzing quoted speech; inferring facts; infer word meaning from context.
Intermediate Level 2 Reading will focus on: making and confirming predictions from titles and headings; identifying main ideas and different types of supporting details; scan text to locate specific information; analyze information on a chart; identify cohesive devices of contrast; understand and complete a causal chain; recognize opinions and supporting details; categorize information from two texts; recognize quotations and reported speech; make notes using a Venn diagram; analyze problems and solutions; recognize details paraphrased from a reading; recognize and understand metaphor; inferring facts; infer word meaning from context; recognize and use antonyms and synonyms
Intermediate Level 1 Writing will focus on: various strategies for outlining ideas including chronological order and cluster diagrams; writing paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting details and examples; writing clear explanations; expressing contrasting ideas; writing a personal narrative; editing and revising writing.
Intermediate Level 2 Writing will focus on: various strategies for outlining and organizing including using questions or a chart; writing paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting details and examples; identify the audience and add clarifying details; identify and use parallel structure; recognize and use transitions of contrast; use transition words to show degree of importance; use related word forms to add cohesion; use cause-and-effect transitions; introduce a counter-argument; write a point-by-point contrast paragraph; write a cover letter with appropriate content and format; write a paragraph about pros and cons; write a news report; write an opinion essay; write a cause-and-effect essay; editing and revising writing.
Intermediate Level 1 Grammar will focus on: possessive and descriptive adjectives; comparative forms of adjectives; too much / too many / too + adjective; adverbs of manner.
Intermediate Level 2 Grammar will focus on: use of can, could, and be able to; simple past and past progressive; when and while; express purpose with infinitives after verbs and after in order to; comparisons with adverbs; future time clauses and expressions; use of because and even though; uses of definite/indefinite articles; use may, might and could to express future possibility.
Advance Level (CONL 045 & 50) (Canadian Language BMs 7-8)
Advanced Level 1 Reading will focus on: making and confirming predictions; identifying the main idea of each paragraph in a reading; identifying and categorizing details, examples and reasons; construction chronology from a reading, identifying different types of supporting details; understanding and using timelines to sequence events; recognizing the role of quoted speech; analyzing titles and headings to improve comprehension; recognizing persuasive language; recognizing the speaker in direct speech; identifying referents for the pronoun it; identifying and categorizing problems and solutions from a text; inferring writer’s assumptions, meaning of idioms and expressions, degree of support; identifying hedging language; inferring characters’ attitudes and feelings and the meaning of people’s reactions; inferring the writer’s degree of concern about the topic and the writer’s appeal to authority with experts’ quotes. Inferring word meaning from context and recognizing and using word forms (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs); identifying synonyms; classifying words; analyzing relationships between words with similar and different meanings; recognizing Latin and Greek word roots; recognizing connotations and implied meanings; inferring the meaning of phrasal verbs; understanding implied meaning and degrees of intensity.
Advanced Level 1 Writing will focus on: identifying and writing the topic sentence and controlling idea of a summary paragraph; writing a comparison paragraph; organizing ideas using a tree map and other organizers including cause-and-effect diagrams and flow charts; organizing ideas using Wh-questions; summarizing sources and data; paraphrasing details from text; writing a summary in journalistic style; identifying and organizing positions, arguments, and counterarguments; writing opinion letters supported with examples; writing persuasive essays; writing biographical paragraphs; recognizing various types of organization in a comparison-and-contrast essay; writing a comparison-and-contrast essay; writing a cause-and-effect essay; using strategies to correct sentence fragments; recognizing inappropriate supporting ideas; identifying parts of an effective introduction; recognizing and using figurative language to add depth to writing; writing a descriptive essay; using subordinators and transitions to introduce points of comparison or contrast; using subordinators, prepositional phrases, and transitions to clearly signal cause-and-effect relationships. Editing and revising writing.
Advanced Level 1 Grammar will focus on: identifying and categorizing a range of modal and semi-modal verbs; recognizing and using gerunds, past unreal conditionals, adjective clauses; distinguishing between and using the simple past, present perfect, and present perfect continuous verb tenses; recognizing and using concessions to support an opinion while recognizing counter arguments; distinguishing between direct and indirect speech; recognizing common phrasal verbs.
Continuing Education Courses
- Improve Your Listening & Speaking Skills: Offered Monday & Wednesday 6:30 – 9:00 PM
- CONL013 Foundations Level 1 (CLB 1-3)
- CONL015 Intermediate 1 (CLB 4)
- CONL020 Intermediate 2 (CLB 5)
- CONL025 Advanced 1 (CLB 6)
- CONL030 Advanced 2 (CLB 7 & 8)
- Improve Your Reading & Writing Skills: Offered Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 – 9:00 PM
- CONL033 Foundations Level 1 (CLB 1-3)
- CONL035 Intermediate 1 (CLB 4)
- CONL040 Intermediate 2 (CLB 5)
- CONL045 Advanced Level 1(CLB 6)
- CONL050 Advanced Level 2 (CLB7 & 8)
Course Start Dates
January 7 to March 29, 2019
April 8 to June 28, 2019
September 16 to December 6, 2019
Deadline to Register: First day of each semester
Tuition and Fees
Applicants have the option of paying half of the course fees when registering and the remaining portion will be due half way into the semester.
Tuition Fees: $525 (includes textbooks and placement assessment)
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- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
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