This is the first 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.
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.
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:
Faculty are responsible for 16 hours of classroom-based instruction. All other activities take place under the direction of monitors or staff.
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.
Within relevant educational, personal, and social contexts, students will improve their communicative competence. They will demonstrate this when they are able to use language to:
- Initiate and respond appropriately to routine communication situations;
- Convey feelings, wants and needs in face-to-face interaction;
- Recognize and use culturally significant non-verbal language.
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.
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.
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