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  ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

 

This program is designed for students whose first language is other than English. The program offers training at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels with specific instruction in speaking and listening, reading, writing, and grammar. The emphasis is on language for communication. Students are assessed at the beginning of the program to decide their appropriate instructional level. Interested students should request specific course and ESL Admissions Test dates from Student Services.

IMPORTANT DATES

 
Fall

Winter

Spring
Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999 April 4, 2000
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000 May 3, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000 May 3-5, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000 June 7, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000 June 21, 2000
No Classes Sep. 6,Oct. 11,Nov. 11 Feb. 21-25, 2000 May 22, 2000

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

New students are accepted into the English as a Second Language program for the Fall, Winter or Spring terms.

Academic Requirements
Applicants are required to have Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores under 520 or completion of an ESL placement test at an equivalent level less than 520 on the TOEFL.

PROGRAM FEES

VISA STUDENT FEES
Fall/Winter
Spring
Subject to increas in 2000-2001
Full-time, day (16 weeks)
(11 weeks)
Application
$40
$40
Deposit
$300
$300
Tuition (less deposit)
$2,819
$1,862
Students╣ Association
$47.50
-
Total
$3,266.50
$2,202.00
ESL INDEPENDENT (Landed Immigrants or Citizens)
Fall/Winter
Spring
Subject to increas in 2000-2001
Full-time, day (16 weeks)
(11 weeks)
Application
$40
$40
Tuition (less deposit)
$1,407.50
$957.10
Students╣ Association
$47.50
-
Total
$1,495.00
$997.10

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Students╣ Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Not applicable.

GRADUATION

Not applicable.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Not applicable.

TRANSFER AGREEMENTS

Not applicable.

CURRICULUM

ESL classes are offered for 25 hours a week. Class size is limited to 17 students. The following English as a Second Language levels are offered:

BEGINNING
ESL 040 ESL 041 ESL 042
ESL 050 ESL 051 ESL 052 ESL 055

INTERMEDIATE
ESL 060 ESL 061 ESL 062 ESL 065
ESL 070 ESL 071 ESL 075

ADVANCED
ESL 080 ESL 081

ESL 090 ESL 091

ESL LEARNING CENTRE
A different approach to learning English is offered to all students of the ESL Learning Centre at the main campus. Beginning and Intermediate, Advanced or TOEFL level students are placed in individual programs. An instructor, instructional assistant and volunteers work with students individually or in small groups. The Centre is open in the Fall and Winter terms Monday to Wednesday, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Students pay a monthly fee of $25.

  1. The course is offered for 7.5 hours per weekend and is non credit and is NOT sufficient for International Students to acquire a Student Authorization.

WORKABLE ENGLISH
Non-credit part-time courses are offered to new Canadians who are working and require more English to succeed on the job. Students can study in any of five areas. Courses are offered twice a week at various times and locations to correspond with off-work hours. Course fee is $25.

ESL WORKPLACE
This 12 week, full-time program assists newcomers to Canada (landed immigrants or Canadian citizens) to overcome barriers to employment, thus facilitating successful integration into the Canadian workplace. Participants spend four weeks in the classroom preparing for a six week “hands-on” work experience based on the individual’s previous work-history, identifiable skills, future goals and placement availability. Instruction in WHMIS and Emergency First Aid, resume writing and final two week job search component to complete the program. Funding is presently provided by Alberta Advanced Education and Career Development and Citizen and immigration Canada. To register, contact the LCC Languages Centre at (403)320-3496 or (403)320 6444 or call 1-800-572-0103 (from anywhere in Canada).

ESL COURSES...

ESL 040 English as a Second Language (25 credits)
This course is for students who have limited oral English skills and weak or no literacy skills in their first language. Emphasis is on listening and speaking, with attention paid to questioning, discussing and inferring. Materials are functional, and are used for both oral and simple writing activities. A variety of classroom and community based activities encourage real language usage. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 041 English as a Second Language (17 credits)
Students in this 11 week course have very limited oral English skills and weak or no literacy skills in their first language. As in ESL 040, emphasis is on listening and speaking, with attention paid to questioning, discussing and inferring. Materials are functional, and are used for both oral and simple writing activities. A variety of classroom and community based activities encourage real language usage. As this course is shorter length, material is compressed into a tighter timeframe and is less indepth. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 050 English as a Second Language (25 credits)
This course provides more basic vocabulary and structures to enable students to more readily understand and respond to some questions and instructions, to communicate regarding basics for life in Canada and to provide a framework for further ESL studies. Classroom activities include Total Physical Response, mimes, games, music, storytelling, role-playing, survey-taking, field trips and information quests into the community. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 051 English as a Second Language (17 credits)
The goal of this 11 week mid-level beginning course is to provide more basic vocabulary and structures to enable students to more readily understand and respond to some questions and instructions, to communicate regarding basics for life in Canada and to provide a framework for further ESL studies. Classroom activities include Total Physical Response, mimes, games, music, storytelling, role-playing, survey-taking, field trips and information quests into the community. As this course is shorter length than ESL 050, material is compressed into a tighter timeframe and covered less indepth. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 055 English as a Second Language (25 credits)
Students must have some oral English skills, as well as basic knowledge of reading and writing. Orally, students learn to follow and respond to simple everyday discussions despite many errors. They become more confident in following oral and written directions and begin to do leisure reading. Their writing begins to reflect an awareness of correct usage, and develops from correct sentence structure to short, descriptive paragraphs. the main focus of this course, however, remains to be communication and survival oriented. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 060 English as a Second Language (25 credits)
For students who have a higher level of literacy in their native language, or previous ESL. They must also have some knowledge of English, as this course builds on the basics presented in the beginner levels. While communication is still at the core of the course, more emphasis is on the written language. the curriculum follows a functional-notional syllabus, with a strong lifeskills component. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 061 English as a Second Language (17 credits)
This 11 week course is for students who have a higher level of literacy in their native language, or previous ESL. They must also have some knowledge of English, as this course builds on the basics presented in the beginner levels. While communication is still at the core of the course, more emphasis is on the written language. the curriculum follows a functional-notional syllabus, with a strong lifeskills component. As this course is shorter in length an its counterpart ESL 060, material is compressed into the tighter timeframe and covered in less depth. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 065 English as a Second Language (25 credits)
The main emphasis continues to be communicative English, but the skill areas are more clearly separated. the listening and speaking component again follows a functional-notional approach, but more fully develops basic grammatical structures. Spelling is taught using a phonetic approach and writing is taught following a communicative/structural approach. Students read about current topics from newspapers and ESL materials. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 070 English as a Second Language (25 credits)
At this level, classes are divided into skill areas that are taught by different instructors. Grammar emphasizes basic structures as well as some variations and their semantic differences. Reading follows a core, skill oriented text, some simple authentic and interest-related materials are also utilized. Writing is based on learning basic forms, creativity and communication, and a wide variety of conversation activities. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 075 English as a Second Language (25 credits)
The grammar component emphasizes not only structural variations, but also the semantic differences between those variations. Reading uses a variety of both graded and authentic materials that are current and historical in nature. Special timed exercises are used to build reading speed. Reading skills for a variety of purposes are taught and practised. Writing is creative and communicative, being related to the real- life needs of the students . Speaking and listening ranges from conservation work in dyads to prepared speeches, practising a full range of registers. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 080 English as a Second Language (25 credits)
The four skill areas - reading, writing, speaking/listing and grammar - are taught more with a view of Academic Upgrading than in the lower levels, as a good number of students from this level will continue their studies. the reading component follows a skill approach, and includes specific instruction in spelling; writing is academic; grammar includes a comprehensive review and focuses on subtle semantic variations; and speaking/listing encourages both formal and informal communication on a variety of up-to-date topics. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

ESL 090 English as a Second Language (25 credits)
For students with a very advanced knowledge of English as a second language, yet who lack the fine-tuning necessary for ease in successful communicative use of the language. Students in the course encounter in depth analysis of various written forms such as scientific writing, the novel, poetry and several types of essays. They are expected to complete assignments in each of these areas, giving particular attention to correct usage and thorough comprehension. This is done in an environment where they can comfortably explore their own areas of particular weakness. the course is intensive, requiring completion of several major projects including some which take students into the community, as well as many more daily assignments than at the lower levels. Not available for challenge or supplemental.

 


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