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English for Internationally-Trained Professionals

Course Code: EASL 0635
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 6.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Partially Online
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
course overview

This course is for internationally-trained professionals who have reached Canada Language Benchmark 6 or are placed at least at level one in the Douglas College EASL programme based on the EASL Department assessment. The course is designed for individuals who wish to upgrade their English language skills for the purposes of 1) improving their employment opportunities and 2) preparing for further education or training. Students will practice strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing within the context of the professional workplace to meet these specific, career-oriented needs.

Course Content

  1. Cultural Appropriateness:            
    • recognizing aspects of professional communication which are affected by cultural expectations
    • communicating in accordance with cultural expectations of the Canadian professional workplace
  2. Conversational Signals:
    • responding and initiating
    • understanding the forms and roles of social and professional communication in the workplace
  3. The Language of Meetings:
    • turn-taking rules in Canadian meeting culture
    • understanding Robert’s Rules
    • taking and reading minutes
  4. Workplace Communication
    • giving instructions
    • solving conflicts
    • negotiating
  5. Reading Skills:
    • extracting information from a variety of texts, such as letters, contracts, brochures, trade magazines, scholarly journals, business newspapers
    • developing reading strategies for the above
    • developing vocabulary using word analysis and guessing meanings from context
    • identifying suitable research material to support reports and proposals
  6. Writing Skills:
    • expressing information in a variety of professional texts, such as letters, memos, contracts, reports, proposals and emails
    • developing and combining sentences according to the type of professional text
    • developing an idiomatic vocabulary
    • using concise and inclusive language
    • writing in a positive, action-oriented, reader-oriented business style
    • incorporating research sources with proper quoting and citing techniques
  7. Grammar and Editing:
    • refining grammatical elements such as nouns and verbs; plurals; verb tenses and agreement; articles
    • refining punctuation and format/layout in a variety of professional texts
    • producing high-quality professional documents in a limited amount of time

Methods of Instruction

Instructors will collaborate with students in identifying individual learning needs and will facilitate the optimal use of resources to meet these needs.  Course topics are addressed through classroom, language/computer lab and online learning activities.  Students will reflect on and analyze personal, professional experiences as they relate to course topics.

The instructor will facilitate, observe and evaluate students' participation in class 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, and will participate in the selection of learning activities.  Students will participate in online discussions of posted reading and listening materials, and submit writing assignments via WebCT.

Means of Assessment

Students will be marked on a MAS/NCG basis.  Mastery will be granted to students who achieve 70% or higher on the following.

The marks will be apportioned by using the following formula:

In-class assigned learning activities 50%
Online assigned learning activities 40%
Final assessment 10%

Learning Outcomes

Within relevant educational and employment contexts in academic, scientific and business fields, students will improve their ability to:

  • Understand professional lectures and presentations, such as at conferences, meetings
  • Accurately write workplace-related documents, such as emails, letters, memos, reports, proposals
  • Read workplace-related documents, such as letters, minutes, reports, proposals and contracts
  • Read excerpts from professionally relevant texts, such as journals, legal and financial documents
  • Use online databases to research scholarly sources
  • Participate in professional discussions and interviews
  • Give small and large group presentations, using relevant technology
  • Use appropriate registers and vocabulary in workplace-related social situations

course prerequisites

Acceptance by interview and intake assessment based on Canadian Language Benchmarks guidelines.

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.