Course Descriptions


8-week with specialization (Friday, 9 am – 12 pm)

For three hours each week, students in the eight-week with specialization program study an elective (specialization) of their choice. You may choose one of the following:

Business Communications

This course will help you develop the social and communication skills you’ll need in a Canadian business environment. Specific activities will vary depending on your background and interests, but they will improve your spoken and written communication skills, as well as key business-related social skills.

Cultural Studies Through Film Analysis

In this course for advanced students, you will observe and discuss film critically, self-reflectively and interactively in small and large groups. Expect to develop the language skills and vocabulary you’ll need to talk about film and express your opinions and personal experiences in writing and in speech.

English and Global Citizenship

English and Global Citizenship is best suited for intermediate to advanced students who wish to develop their English language learning with opportunities to explore what it means to be an active citizen of the world. This course integrates language learning and critical thinking with local issues that are of global concern. As a result, students will develop an understanding of diverse perspectives and values. The use of authentic materials and tasks will connect language skills to activities in meaningful situations such as research, field trips and guest speakers.

Grammar Intensive

This course will help you build a foundation in grammar and writing skills, expand your vocabulary and increase your confidence. It is designed for students who need or want to pass a standardized language proficiency test (such as IELTS) but are not ready to write the test. Although we will spend some class time on IELTS preparation, we will focus on written and spoken grammar as well as vocabulary.

IELTS Preparation

In this course, you will develop test-taking strategies for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. We will focus on specific modules of the test (speaking, reading, listening and writing), and also develop other skills.

Academic Field Work

4-week immersion (Friday, 9 am – 12 pm)

This course will provide you with an opportunity to go out into the community to interact directly with some aspect of Canadian culture. In the process, you will also practise your English communication skills in a context other than the classroom.

These trips are usually connected to course content and conducted by instructors during class time. To make the most of these experiences, we encourage you to ask lots of questions before, during and after the trips. Outings change from one program to another, but common examples include the following:

  • A visit to the BC law courts
  • A tour of the Vancouver Art Gallery
  • A visit to a local television station
  • A nature walk through Stanley Park
  • A scavenger hunt at Granville Island