ELL: English Language Learning


  • Academic Reading and Writing - Intermediate (ELL 2, 3/ Grade 9 or lower)

It is estimated that through one-hour extensive reading every day, after three years, a student with little English knowledge can read English novels and journals individually, not to mention the English culture covered in those reading materials.

The Academic Reading and Writing - intermediate course is an intensive course to train students’ reading and writing skills, suitable for ESL 2,3/ Grade 9 or lower BC students. Through reading, analyzing, and writing exercises, this course is intended to enhance students’ analytical and comprehensive English skills, increase reading speed, comprehend a large number of academic vocabulary, and enable students to write short-medium length essays.

  • Vocabulary and Grammar (ELL 2, 3/ Grade 9 or lower)

A small amount of reading is crucial for international students. A team of experts has studied that if you want to be able to read English and American novels, newspapers, and magazines, you will need to have a vocabulary of at least 8,000 to 9,000.

The student's ability to comprehend a piece of modern or classical literature, acclaimed essay or article, or famous speech, and then write a perceptive analysis or cogent argument is the bedrock of academic reading and writing. This course offers the student the opportunity to develop his/her critical thinking skills through literary devices, rhetorical approaches, and cognitive ability. The student's objective is to discover their intellectual potential through the varied processes of acquiring knowledge. The success of the student is reliant upon their level of curiosity; he/she must be kept engaged, and their desire to learn must be nurtured through a selection of highly regarded writings meant to captivate their wonder. It is imperative that the instructor discovers the unique talent and capability within each student, and nurture those qualities to which the student can express him/herself eloquently.

This vocab and grammar course is intended to help our students to reach a minimum vocabulary and basic grammar before reaching Grade 11. Students will cover over 500 new words and expressions every month, with extra reading materials for students’ self-study. After a three-month period of learning, most of our students will increase by over 1,500 new vocabularies; after six-month, students will capture over 3,000 new vocabularies and a solid foundation for high school grammar, including subjunctive mood, verb tenses, verbals, subject-verb agreement, run-on sentences, clauses, etc.

  • ELL for new immigrants (Adult)

This course is provided for new immigrants to Canada with limited English skills, and is intended to enhance students’ comprehensive English skills, especially speaking ability. The instructor has a very strong background in ESL education, particularly in teaching new immigrants whose speaking ability is limited.

The course is divided into multiple modules according to different settings common in Canadian’s daily life, focusing on conversations and specific words and expressions, topics including greeting, self-introduction, meeting the first time, shopping, visiting a friend’s home, travel, banking, interview, purchasing insurance, etc. Students will have loads of chances to practice their speaking abilities in and out of a classroom and to apply what is learned in class to daily life.

After attending a three-month ESL course, the student will expect a vocabulary increase of over 1,000, and be able to use common expressions and sentences effectively in daily life. The focus on speaking of this course will also help new immigrants to get more access to local job market, and enable them to communicate effectively in job interviews.