Orientation and English Skills for English Language Learners

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
English Language Learning and Acquisition
Course Code
ELLA 0001
Semester Length
3 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined
New Westminster


Course Description
This is an orientation course designed for cohorts or groups of sponsored English language learners who are new to Douglas College. Through active and authentic integrated language skills practice, participants will learn how to function effectively as community members and college students. Complexity of language and tasks will vary depending on the needs and language level of the learners.
Course Content
  1. Skill development tasks on the following topics:
  • orientation to homestay, Douglas College, and Greater Vancouver 
  • student success  (goal setting, time management, study skills, student/teacher expectations, participation, and language learning strategies)
  • personal safety
  • living and interacting in a new culture
  • field trip and outing preparation
  • Explicit language instruction on the following:
    • gambits and expressions for daily communication situations (e.g. making introductions, making small talk, using the telephone)
    • gambits and expressions for community interactions (e.g. restaurants, shopping, tourist sites)
    Methods Of Instruction

    The instructor will use a variety of methods (whole, small group, individual, and student directed learning). Faculty will be responsible for classroom-based instruction. Additional activities will be facilitated by monitors and could be led by various resource persons from other areas within the College.


    Means of Assessment

    Student achievement will be assessed using the mastery system in accordance with College policy. The following is one example of assessment components and weighting:

    25% Class participation
    10% One contact assignment
    20% Two role play assignments
    25% Three field trip assignments
    20% Language quizzes

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course, learners will have: 

    1. gained familiarity with their homestay, Douglas College, and Greater Vancouver;
    2. developed strategies for successful language learning;
    3. developed strategies for staying safe in the community;
    4. learned appropriate language for routine communication situations; and
    5. learned appropriate language to convey feelings, wants and needs correctly in face-to-face interaction.
    Textbook Materials

    None required.



    Instructor Permission


    No corequisite courses.


    No equivalent courses.

    Requisite for

    This course is not required for any other course.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

    Course Offerings

    Winter 2021

    There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.