Curriculum Guideline

Upper Intermediate English Language Immersion

Effective Date:
Course Code
ELLA 0104
Upper Intermediate English Language Immersion
English Language Learning and Acquisition
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
5 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
27 hours x 5 weeks
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Instructors will use a variety of methods (whole and small group instruction, individual instruction, and student directed learning).  The instructor will facilitate, observe and evaluate student learning in the following contexts:

Classroom 16
Workshop 4
Sports 2
Field trips 3
Socio-cultural activity 2

Faculty are responsible for 16 hours of classroom-based instruction.  All other activities take place under the direction of monitors or staff.

Course Description
This is the fourth level in a six-level English Language Immersion Program. This full-time program is designed to provide English language learners with a total immersion environment in which to develop communicative competence in English. Students will use only the target language. Program activities include formal classroom instruction, informal workshops, sports, field trips, and socio-cultural activities where students can apply their language skills in a natural communicative setting.
Course Content

The course content reflects the communicative approach to language learning within an immersion context.  Complexity of language and tasks will vary depending on the needs and level of language acquisition of the learners.  The content is based on themes and topics of interest to the learners.  Themes include orientation to homestay, Douglas College, and the Lower Mainland.  Instruction will focus on use of language functions (for example, identifying, clarifying and requesting) in the classroom, in homestay, and in the larger community.

Learning Outcomes

Within relevant educational, personal, and social contexts, students will improve their communicative competence.  They will demonstrate mastery of objectives required for the previous level, as well as the ability to use language to:

  1. Discuss a wide range of formal and informal topics coherently and consistently;
  2. Express ideas with comprehensibility and comfort;
  3. Use a substantial range of vocabulary naturally and appropriately.
Means of Assessment

A mastery model of on-going evaluation will be used.  A student will reach mastery when she/he has demonstrated through satisfactory completion of assignments and participation in learning events that the course objectives have been achieved.  Progress will be monitored on a regular basis by the instructor in consultation with each student.  The student will be expected to attend regularly and participate in all assigned activities.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students: