This full-time integrated skills program is designed to provide cohorts or groups of sponsored English language learners with a total immersion environment in which to develop communicative competence in English. Learners will use only the target language. Program activities include formal classroom instruction, informal workshops, sports, field trips, and socio-cultural activities where learners can apply language skills in a natural communicative setting. Complexity of language and tasks will vary depending on the needs and language level of the learners.
The course content reflects the communicative approach to language learning within an immersion context. Content and skill development tasks will be based on themes and topics of interest to the learners and will relate to homestay, Douglas College, and Greater Vancouver. Instruction will also focus on use of language functions in the classroom, in homestay, and in the larger community.
Methods of Instruction
The instructor will use a variety of methods (whole, small group, individual, and learner directed learning). Faculty will be responsible for classroom-based instruction. Additional activities will be facilitated by monitors and staff.
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:
15% Class participation
15% Field trip/workshop participation
25% Reading and writing assignments
30% Speaking and listening assignments
15% Quizzes and exams
Within relevant educational, personal, and social contexts, learners will improve their communicative competence in English. By the end of the course, learners will have:
- demonstrated increased confidence using English in a variety of situations;
- demonstrated improved comprehension of spoken and written English;
- demonstrated improved accuracy and fluency in spoken and written English;
- augmented vocabulary-acquisition skills;
- gained an appreciation of the richness and complexity of Canadian culture;
- demonstrated sensitivity in cross-cultural encounters.
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.
If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.