ELL Courses

Academic Reading and Writing

Intermediate - ESL 2, 3/ Grade 9 or lower

Reading daily is one of the best ways to improve one’s English Literacy, Grammar, and English Comprehension. By reading every day for one hour, a motivated student will have the confidence to read English novels and journals with ease. Reading books, graphic novels, journals, or magazines can also teach eager student’s about English culture, therefore helping them assimilate into everyday western life.

Academic Reading and Writing is an intense, intermediate course that aims to improve students’ reading and writing skills. It is suitable for ESL Levels 2/3, as well as for BC students in Grades 9 or lower. Students will practice their reading, analyzing, and writing exercises. As a result, confidence in analytical and comprehensive English skills will increase. Through the interactive and engaging lessons provided by our teachers, student’s will improve their reading speed, increase their vocabulary bank, comprehend academic vocabulary, and practice writing University level academic essays.

Vocabulary and Grammar

ESL 2/3, Grade 9 or lower

Reading is much needed step that is needed to improve the English Literacy Skills of international students. Studies have shown that if you want to read English and American novels, newspapers, or magazines, you will need to have a vocabulary of at least 8,000 to 9,000 words.

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 student’s the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills through literary devices, rhetorical approaches, and cognitive ability. The 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 nurtures those qualities to which the student can express him/herself eloquently.

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

ELL 1 English

ELL 1 English develops students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and content knowledge. Students learn to communicate in everyday situations, read simple passages and stories, and write short paragraphs. Grammar and vocabulary are also taught in context.

ELL 1 Social Studies

This course focuses on the geography of Canada and the world.

ELL 1 Science

This course introduces basic science concepts.

ELL 2 English

ELL 2 English continues to improve students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students participate in class discussions and do short presentations. Reading strategies, vocabulary-building skills, grammar elements, and paragraph writing are taught in context with fiction and nonfiction works.

ELL 2 Social Studies

ELL 2 Social Studies covers more complex aspects of Canadian geography, history and culture.

ELL 2 Science

ELL 2 Science focuses on more complex science concepts. This course helps prepare students to take Science 10.

ELL 3 English

This course focuses on reading and writing skills. Students learn the process of academic writing in paragraphs and essays. Students begin to analyze short stories and novels.

ELL 3 Social Studies

ELL 3 Social Studies focuses on Canadian history, geography, culture and social issues. This course helps prepare students to take Social Studies 10.

ELL 4 English

This course focuses on developing students’ reading and writing skills at a higher academic level. A variety of literary genres are examined. This course helps prepare students to take English 10.