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:
Faculty are responsible for 16 hours of classroom-based instruction. All other activities take place under the direction of monitors or staff.
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.
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:
- Discuss a wide range of formal and informal topics coherently and consistently;
- Express ideas with comprehensibility and comfort;
- Use a substantial range of vocabulary naturally and appropriately.
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.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students: