Canadian Culture and Communication for English Language Learners

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
English Language Learning and Acquisition
Course Code
ELLA 0225
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This is an integrated skills course for English language learners who wish to explore topics related to Canadian society and culture while improving their English skills and learning language appropriate for interaction in social, educational, and workplace settings. Emphasis will be on participating in extended communicative situations. Complexity of language and tasks will vary depending on the needs and language level of the learners.
Course Content
  1. Topics for reading, writing, listening, and speaking skill development tasks will include some or all of the following according to learner needs and interest.
  • Adjusting to Canada
    • social conventions (punctuality, presents, dress, conversational taboos)
    • societal roles – male/female, parents/children, husband/wife, student/teacher, employee/employer
    • feelings about leaving Canada and returning to home country
  • Canadian Society and Culture
    • contemporary issues – multiculturalism, racism, immigration
    • history - significant persons and events
    • local communities
  • Conversational gambits appropriate for social, educational and workplace situations will be covered according to learner needs. They may include the following:
    • using appropriate forms of address
    • greeting people in formal and informal settings
    • echoing instructions and soliciting details
    • making and responding to requests
    • making suggestions
    • offering help
    • making polite refusals
    Methods Of Instruction

    The instructor will facilitate, observe, and evaluate students’ participation in communicative activities. Whole and small group instruction will be combined with individual assistance and student-directed learning. Students will participate in the setting of goals by identifying their communicative and language development needs.


    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
    25% Reflective journal
    15% Three community contact assignments
    15% Local community research project
    20% Language quizzes

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course, learners will have:

    1. improved their English skills;
    2. understood the role of culture in their language learning and social interaction by recognizing cultural norms and expectations in interaction in a variety of Canadian contexts; and
    3. become better intercultural communicators by using appropriate language to indicate level of formality and show respect and by extending their understanding of Canadian society and culture.
    Textbook Materials

    Students may be required to purchase textbooks.



    Instructor Permission


    No corequisite courses.


    No equivalent courses.

    Requisite for

    This course is not required for any other course.

    Course Guidelines

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    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.