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Orientation and English Skills for English Language Learners

Course Code: ELLA 0001
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Language Learning and Acquisition
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 3 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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
  2. 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.

course prerequisites

Instructor Permission

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.