ESL Program

All DEA course levels align directly with the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Topics included in cover areas of interest to the student and are designed to improve fluency and build confidence. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening are integral parts of the program. Interesting course content has been designed to help students advance quickly.

Levels:

Introductory & Elementary – Basics:

Level 1: Student will build their confidence communicating in everyday situations and be able to express personal information, likes/dislikes, descriptions and identify items. Learners will interact in a simple way and can answer basic questions using familiar words. Lesson plans are personalized, engaging and fun igniting student interest.

Level 2: Students can introduce themselves to others and understand simple questions and concepts. Learners will communicate basic information using short sentences and phrases in relation to needs and experiences. Vocabulary through listening and speaking activities/exercises and comprehend simple directions.

Pre-Intermediate:

Level 3: Students will learn to communicate information and express ideas using simple sentences in relation to current needs and experiences. Learners will understand the fundamentals of basic grammar structures and verb tenses and will continue to build their vocabulary bank and develop control in communicating in informal routine situations.

Level 4: Students will continue to build their vocabulary and communicate information in relation to everyday experiences and activities with a focus on personal wants and needs. Learners will develop control in communications in informal and formal conversations. In this course, you will be able to ask and respond to questions, tell a simple story or describe situations.

Intermediate:

Level 5: Students will develop reading and writing skills to enhance communications and be able to participate in casual conversations about personal and professional interests. In addition, students will continue to demonstrate their understanding of a variety of real-life situations based on listening, speaking, reading and writing activities.

Level 6: Students will improve their English skills for academic, community and workplace settings. They will continue to build their vocabulary bank in order to communicate with more confidence and continue to incorporate previously learned structures with new ideas.

Upper Intermediate:

Level 7: Students will progress using an increasing variety of grammatical structures and develop control of complex structures. Learners will be able to interact in relation to social routines, educational and work situations. Fuller comprehension will be realized in relation to stories, articles, ideas, and sayings.

Level 8: Students will develop the ability to interact effectively in the community and workplace. Learners will continue to develop vocabulary and grammar structures in order to communicate about a variety of everyday topics with relative ease. Learners will experiment with new and uncommon words while speaking.

Advanced:

Level 1: Emphasis is placed on refining expressive language skills. Students will gain control over a wide variety of complex grammatical structures and a range of concrete, abstract language. Idiomatic language. Nuances and subtleties will be incorporated into lesson plans in order to meet higher level needs. Students will increase reading comprehension to comprehend the big picture and understand common mistakes.

Level 2: Proficiency is developed by comprehending complex phrases and verb tenses and master sentence structure. The learner will broaden their knowledge of grammar, writing and reading comprehension. Conversational strategies are introduced in order for students to understand language creativity.

Integrated Courses:

Students will develop proficiency in English in the four basic language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Learners gain knowledge of new environments that are necessary for successful integration into schools and the community. Some students with limited English skills may require taking introductory courses based on the school’s curriculum. Evaluations will be made on an individual basis.

Pronunciation:

Practice and refine all aspects of pronunciation: sound, intonation, stress, and mechanics. Students will focus on accent reduction by studying proper English sound production, word and sentence-level stress and intonation. Through the means of group and pair discussions, dialogues and other activities, learners strengthen and fine-tune their English conversation and communication skills gaining functional communicability and increasing self-confidence through speech monitoring techniques. They will be encouraged to speak more spontaneously during class activities and presentations to improve oral communications.

Communications/Conversation, Cultural Immersion:

  • Develop your ability to interact effectively in both formal and casual contexts
  • Learn Canadian culture and the Canadian academic and professional milieu
  • Learn idioms, social norms and body language to broaden your communication skills through discussion group activities

Fees:

Course Length Weekly Fees (30 hours)
 1-10 Weeks $385
11-23 Weeks $375
24+ Weeks $360

English Summer Program Schedule:

  • 30 hours /week (21 hours instruction and 9 hours outing per week)
  • The Outing Schedule in the afternoon is tentative and subject to change
Week Days 9:00 am – 12 Noon 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Week 1 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Welcome Orientation
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Downtown Tour: Canada Place & Lunch Pizza
Focused English Practice
Science World & the Omni-Max Theatre
Focused English Practice
Biking around Stanley Park
Week 2 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Vancouver Public Library & Shopping: Robson Street Walk
Focused English Practice
Capilano Hatchery & Cleveland Dam Tour
Focused English Practice
Queen Elizabeth Park/Botanical Gardens
Week 3 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Harbour Center Tower Tour
Focused English Practice
UBC Tour
Focused English Practice
Granville Island Market, Boat Rental around Granville Island & English Bay picnic
Week 4 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Integrated English Lessons
Lynn Canyon Park & Suspension Bridge – North Vancouver
Focused English Practice
Movies or Bowling
Focused English Practice
Lonsdale Quay, Horseshoe Bay Tour & Picnic
  • Saturday & Sunday Excursions

2018 Fees:

Registration Fees Vancouver
Registration Fee $150
Registration Fee (High Season) $200
Junior Program Registration Fee:
Expand Fee applies to Junior Programs (Included in package pricing, where applicable)
$250
Textbook & Materials: 1-11 weeks $80

This program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

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