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Professional and Personal Development

Languages - Course Descriptions


Learn and practise speaking English, French.
Master spelling, grammar and business writing skills in English and in French.


Language courses are designed for adults

  • “Self-Evaluation” to determine level
  • Classes taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers
  • Classroom activities integrate listening, reading, speaking and writing
  • Theme-based courses for everyday life, activities and situations
  • Small, friendly classes foster individual attention and best opportunities to practice conversation
  • Teachers review work and give feedback on progress
  • A certificate of participation is issued to students attending > 75 % of classes

Objectives

  • to promote overall fluency
  • to develop conversational speaking, reading, comprehension as well as
    writing skills
  • to maintain essential grammar structures and to introduce/develop more complex grammar structures
  • to increase vocabulary and to enhance formal and practical language skills
  • to expose to, and practise native speaker pronunciation patterns and to correct pronunciation errors that impede understanding
  • to introduce Canadian culture and history in a fun and informative way

English as Second Language (ESL) Conversation - Beginner
(201)

This 40-hour conversation course introduces students to basic grammar and vocabulary for everyday interaction. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with common, useful language points, which they will practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be more comfortable communicating in everyday situations, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the intermediate 1 level.


English as Second Language (ESL) Conversation - Intermediate 1
(204)

This 40-hour intermediate 1 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in the beginner level. Students will expand their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary for everyday interaction, and will learn the language skills necessary for a wider range of contexts. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with a variety of common, useful language points, which they will practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wider range of contexts using a wider range of abilities, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the Intermediate 2 level.


English as Second Language (ESL) Conversation - Intermediate 2
(205)

This 40-hour Intermediate 2 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in Intermediate 1. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that challenges them with more complex grammar structures and sophisticated vocabulary. Students will exercise more independence and learn to speak naturally and precisely about a wider range of more advanced topics. Students will practice English through personalized, meaningful interactions that focus on listening and speaking.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wider range of demanding contexts using complex grammar structures and advanced vocabulary. They will be able to speak English naturally and effectively, and feel confident doing so.


English as Second Language (ESL) Conversation - Advanced
(206)

The focus is on formal and advanced conversation: mastering abilities to communicate effectively, appropriately, accurately and fluently about most topics in a wide range of contexts and situations, from predictable to unfamiliar, from general to professionally complex and from specific to nuanced, in communicatively demanding contexts. Learners at this stage have a sense of purpose and audience when communicating (including distance, politeness and formality factors, appropriate register and style, suitable volume or length of communication, accuracy and coherence of discourse, vocabulary range and precision. Students experience more challenging content, hone their conversation and pronunciation skills, familiarize themselves with more advanced vocabulary, and improve their written and oral grammatical skills. Competency, total confidence and fluency are attained.


English as Second Language (ESL) Immersion - Beginner
(101)

This 120-hour immersion conversation course introduces students to basic grammar, vocabulary, and conversation strategies for everyday interaction. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with common, useful language points. Students will receive extensive practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Because they are immersed in English four days a week, students will acquire language skills quickly and thoroughly.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have greatly improved their overall fluency. They will be comfortable communicating in everyday situations, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the intermediate 1 level.

English as Second Language (ESL) Immersion - Intermediate 1
(102)

This 120-hour intermediate immersion conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in the beginner level. Students will expand their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary for everyday interaction, learn the language skills necessary for a wider range of contexts, and receive extensive communicative practice. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with a variety of common, useful language points, which they will practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Because they are immersed in English four days a week, students will acquire language skills quickly and thoroughly.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have greatly improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wider range of contexts using a wider range of abilities, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the Intermediate 2 level.


English as Second Language (ESL) Immersion - Intermediate 2
(103)

This 120-hour Intermediate 2 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in Intermediate 1. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that challenges them with more complex grammar structures and sophisticated vocabulary. Students will exercise more independence and learn to speak naturally and precisely about a wide range of more advanced topics. Students will practice English through personalized, meaningful interactions that focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Because they are immersed in English four days a week, students will acquire language skills quickly and thoroughly. The extensive communicative practice students receive in this immersion course helps them achieve a high level of ability and confidence.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have greatly improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wide range of demanding contexts using complex grammar structures and advanced vocabulary. They will be able to communicate in English naturally and effectively, and feel confident doing so.


English Writing Skills - Beginner
(401)

This 40-hour writing course is aimed at students with an elementary knowledge of English who want to increase their writing proficiency. The beginner course follows a theme-based curriculum that introduces students to critical reading skills, vocabulary, and grammar, all of which help students complete a final writing task. Students will learn how to organize their ideas, write grammatically correct sentences, and compose clear, well-organized paragraphs on a variety of contemporary topics. Students will also learn how to revise their own writing for accuracy and logical coherence.

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall writing fluency. They will be more comfortable organizing their ideas into clear, concise sentences and paragraphs. With new language forms and structures, students will be able to write and revise compositions on a number of authentic topics. Students who successfully complete this course will be ready to progress to the intermediate level.


English Writing Skills - Intermediate
(402)

This 40-hour course is designed to build upon the skills acquired in the Beginner Writing course and to target those students who have pretested at the Intermediate level.

A comprehensive review of English grammar will be provided early in the course to reinforce existing skills. Students will then progressively develop their writing fluency, moving from sentences to paragraphs to multi-paragraph compositions. Some focus will be given to writing memos and letters to help students improve their business writing skills. Students will also practise editing documents to learn how to revise and improve their own writing.

Some time will also be devoted to critical reading. Students will discuss a number of authentic texts in class and complete several practice reading comprehension tests, exposing them to professional writing models and preparing them for English reading and writing tests often required by employers in the National Capital Region.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course, students will have advanced their overall writing fluency. They will be comfortable organizing their ideas into clear, concise sentences, paragraphs, memos, letters, and essays. Familiarity with new language forms and structures will give them greater confidence when writing and editing in professional contexts.


English Writing Skills - Advanced
(403)

This 40-hour course is designed to build upon the skills acquired in the Intermediate Writing course and to target those students who have pretested at the Advanced level.

A comprehensive review of English grammar will be provided early in the course to reinforce existing skills. Students will then progressively develop their writing fluency, moving from sentences to paragraphs to multi-paragraph compositions. Some focus will be given to writing memos and letters to help students improve their business writing skills. Students will also practise editing documents to learn how to revise and improve their own writing.

Some time will also be devoted to critical reading. Students will discuss a number of authentic texts in class and complete several practice reading comprehension tests, exposing them to professional writing models and preparing them for English reading and writing tests often required by employers in the National Capital Region.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course, students will have advanced their overall writing fluency. They will be comfortable organizing their ideas into clear, concise sentences, paragraphs, memos, letters, and essays. Familiarity with new language forms and structures will give them greater confidence when writing and editing in professional contexts.


French as Second Language (FSL) Conversation - Beginner
(801)

This 40-hour conversation course introduces students to basic grammar and vocabulary for everyday interaction. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with common, useful language points, which they will practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be more comfortable communicating in everyday situations, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the intermediate 1 level.


French as Second Language (FSL) Conversation - Intermediate 1
(804)

This 40-hour intermediate 1 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in the beginner level. Students will expand their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary for everyday interaction, and will learn the language skills necessary for a wider range of contexts. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with a variety of common, useful language points, which they will practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on listening and speaking skills.

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wider range of contexts using a wider range of abilities, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the Intermediate 2 level.


French as Second Language (FSL) Conversation - Intermediate 2
(805)

This 40-hour Intermediate 2 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in Intermediate 1. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that challenges them with more complex grammar structures and sophisticated vocabulary. Students will exercise more independence and learn to speak naturally and precisely about a wider range of more advanced topics. Students will practice English through personalized, meaningful interactions that focus on listening and speaking.

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wider range of demanding contexts using complex grammar structures and advanced vocabulary. They will be able to speak English naturally and effectively, and feel confident doing so.



French as Second Language (FSL) Conversation - Advanced
(806)

The focus is on formal and advanced conversation: mastering abilities to communicate effectively, appropriately, accurately and fluently about most topics in a wide range of contexts and situations, from predictable to unfamiliar, from general to professionally complex and from specific to nuanced, in communicatively demanding contexts. Learners at this stage have a sense of purpose and audience when communicating (including distance, politeness and formality factors, appropriate register and style, suitable volume or length of communication, accuracy and coherence of discourse, vocabulary range and precision. Students experience more challenging content, hone their conversation and pronunciation skills, familiarize themselves with more advanced vocabulary, and improve their written and oral grammatical skills. Competency, total confidence and fluency are attained.



French as Second Language (FSL) Immersion - Beginner
(601)

This 120-hour FSL Beginner Immersion conversation course introduces students to basic grammar, vocabulary and conversation strategies for everyday interaction. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that presents them with common, useful language points. Students will receive extensive practice through fun, interactive activities that focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing. Because they are immersed in French four days a week, students will acquire language skills quickly and thoroughly.

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, students will have greatly improved overall fluency. They will be comfortable communicating in everyday situations, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the intermediate level.


French as Second Language (FSL) Immersion - Intermediate 1
(602)

This French as Second Language Conversation Immersion course is designed to help students improve their four French language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Build your fluency as you review grammar structures and learn new vocabulary and idioms.

This 120-hour course is designed to allow students fuller participation in a wider variety of contexts. It encompasses the range of abilities required to function independently in most familiar situations of daily social, educational and work-related life experience, and in some predictable contexts. To build overall conversational fluency while reviewing grammar structure, learn new vocabulary and idioms. Because of the 12 hour/week immersion, self-confidence and improvement in communication skills are acquired at a very agreeable pace.


French as Second Language (FSL) Immersion - Intermediate 2
(603)

This 120-hour Intermediate 2 conversation course builds on the language skills acquired in Intermediate 1. Students will be guided through a theme-based curriculum that challenges them with more complex grammar structures and sophisticated vocabulary. Students will exercise more independence and learn to speak naturally and precisely about a wide range of more advanced topics. Students will practice English through personalized, meaningful interactions that focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Because they are immersed in English four days a week, students will acquire language skills quickly and thoroughly. The extensive communicative practice students receive in this immersion course helps them achieve a high level of ability and confidence.

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have greatly improved their overall fluency. They will be confident communicating in a wide range of demanding contexts using complex grammar structures and advanced vocabulary. They will be able to communicate in English naturally and effectively, and feel confident doing so.


French Grammar & Writing Skills - Beginner
(701)

This course is designed to assist Anglophones and students from other non-French backgrounds in the National Capital Region who are required to write in French as part of their employment duties.


This 40-hour writing course is aimed at students with an elementary knowledge of French who want to increase their writing proficiency. The beginner course follows a theme-based curriculum that introduces students to critical reading skills, vocabulary, and grammar, all of which help students complete a final writing task. Students will learn how to organize their ideas, write grammatically correct sentences, and compose clear, well-organized paragraphs on a variety of contemporary topics. Students will also learn how to revise their own writing for accuracy and logical coherence.

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall writing fluency. They will be more comfortable organizing their ideas into clear, concise sentences and paragraphs. With new language forms and structures, students will be able to write and revise compositions on a number of authentic topics. Students who successfully complete this course will be ready to progress to the intermediate level.


French Writing Skills - Intermediate
(702)

This course is designed to assist Anglophones and students from other non-French backgrounds in the National Capital Region who are required to write in French as part of their employment duties.


This 40-hour writing course is aimed at students with an intermediate knowledge of French who want to increase their writing proficiency. The intermediate course follows a theme-based curriculum of contemporary topics that introduce students to critical reading skills, vocabulary, and grammar, all of which prepare students for final writing tasks. Students will practice writing in a variety of forms, from descriptive paragraphs to formal e-mails, from reports to process paragraphs. Students will also learn how to revise their own writing for accuracy and logical coherence.

At the end of the course, students will have advanced their overall writing fluency. They will be comfortable organizing their ideas into clear, concise sentences, paragraphs, e-mails, essays, and reports. Using new language forms and structures, students will write and revise compositions on a number of authentic topics. Students who successfully complete this course will be ready to progress to the advanced level.


French Writing Skills - Advanced
(703)

This course is designed to assist Anglophones and students from other non-French backgrounds in the National Capital Region who are required to write in French as part of their employment duties.


This 40-hour writing course is aimed at students with an advanced knowledge of French who want to increase their writing proficiency, specifically for workplace communications. The advanced course teaches students the skills necessary to write professional e-mails, letters, memos, and reports. Students will practice organizing their writing into direct or indirect patterns, and delivering both good and bad news in a sensitive, professional manner. Students will complete a number of career-based writing tasks employing proper grammar, mechanics, structure, tone, and register.

At the end of the course, students will be at the overall advanced writing fluency. They will be very much at ease writing concise, elegant workplace communications, such as e-mails, letters, memos, and reports, using proper grammar, sophisticated syntax, and appropriate tone and register.



Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, students will have improved their overall fluency. They will feel confident communicating in a wider range of contexts, using a wider range of abilities, and will have the language skills necessary to progress to the Intermediate 2 level.