Columbia College - English Language Centre (ELC)

438 Terminal Ave | 333 Terminal Ave - Vancouver

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Established in 1936, Columbia College proudly serves as Canada’s longest established international private college. We provide a personalized and nourishing academic environment in the heart of Vancouver where our students have gone on to successfully transfer to the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and other major universities in Canada.

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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk
Location Type: Town/City
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students
The General ESL Program

The General ESL Program is for students who do not desire to register in an academic program at Columbia College but wish to improve their English in an academic environment. There are five levels in the Academic Preparatory English and General ESL Program. Each level is normally completed in fourteen weeks, although students who excel in their level will move up more quickly. All students are expected and encouraged to participate fully in all class activities. Our program is based on the student-centred model whereby students are asked to work in small groups and to make presentations within the classroom.

There are six start dates per year, and the minimum program length is seven weeks. All new students take a placement test before starting classes, and are placed at one of the following levels:

094 (Upper Beginner)
095 (Intermediate)
096 (Upper Intermediate)
097 (Advanced)
097A (Upper Advanced)

Each level is normally completed within 14 weeks, although some students may complete a level within 7 weeks.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students, Large, 11-20 students
Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Location Type: Town/City
The Academic ESL Program

The Academic ESL Program is a full time (25 hours per week) program designed for students who need to improve their English before entering one of the Secondary or University Transfer Programs. The goal of the Academic ESL Program is to introduce students to the essentials of academic writing and communication required for academic study in Canada.
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