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English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Alexander College
42 weeks
Language course
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Program description

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Through regular program assessment and review of student feedback, we observed that our early English language learners needed to develop fundamental language skills prior to the introduction of academic concepts, e.g. essay writing, which are introduced in the EAP program.

We listened to our students, and have completely revamped the lower levels of our EAP program into a contemporary and energized foundational ESL program.

The AC ESL program offers a student-centered and interactive approach to English language acquisition. The program has been designed for beginner to intermediate-level students, and replaces the lower levels (ENGL 095-097) of the English for Academic Purposes program (EAP).

Our Curriculum

The AC ESL curriculum was developed by starting with the fundamental learning outcomes and working backwards, bringing the English language to life through the creation of an interactive learning experience.

The program's goal is to engage students in skill-based active learning that focuses on the most effective ways to evolve their language proficiency.

Building Confidence

Language learners tend to judge their language acquisition based on their speaking progression, therefore the AC ESL program aims to increase a student’s confidence in speaking English through practice and setting attainable goals.

Our program intends to create a personalized and creative learning experience by addressing and focusing on common learner errors, real world situations, practical writing tasks, and active participation.

Practice Your Skills

Ultimately, we offer a unique and energized program that not only enhances student’s English language skills, but also teaches students how to employ these language skills in their everyday lives.

Admission requirements

  1. Complete the Online Application for Admission
  2. Pay the $200 CAD Application Fee
  3. Complete the English Placement Test

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After successful completion of this program, the student will have achieved an intermediate level of language proficiency.

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Alexander College

Established in 2006, Alexander College is a private degree-granting post- secondary institution located in British Columbia, Canada with two urban campuses in the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby. Alexander College is home to approximately 3,000 international and domestic students annually....

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Why study at Alexander College

Alexander College strives for excellence in higher education for students from many cultural backgrounds and language abilities by providing internationally recognized university transfer courses and degree programs, individual support services, and campus activities to foster local and global community engagement.

  1. Transferable Courses - Within the BC Transfer System to colleges and universities.
  2. Academic Advising - Personalized academic planning and advising services.
  3. Writing and Learning Centre - Individualized support in the Writing and Learning Centre and free tutoring.
  4. Urban Experience - Campuses located in central Burnaby and Vancouver.
  5. Affordability - Affordable fees compared with public colleges and universities.
  6. Small Classes - Small class sizes, with limits set at 35 students or less for all subjects.
  7. Clubs and Events - Inclusive and interactive clubs, events, and activities.
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