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Course descriptions

The Intensive English Language Program offers six (6) levels of English courses. Learn more about each course below.

Important note: The Intensive English Language Program will be a combination of in-person and remote learning for the academic calendar of 2021-2022.

Minimum requirements to take the course are a computer, functioning webcam, access to wifi or a data plan, and microphone. For more inquiries, please contact us.

CEEI 310: Elementary One

Skill Up!

Aligned with CEFR A2/IELTS 4

Successful students at this level will develop functional and linguistic competency for improved confidence in everyday interactions.

If you have a basic knowledge of English and some ability to communicate—let's say, order a latté or ask for directions—and you want to improve, this is the course for you. You'll work on your listening and speaking skills as you build your confidence. You'll also focus on reading and writing, grammar and pronunciation. But most of all, you'll interact with classmates in conversations and activities designed to bring learning to life.  

CEEI 410: Elementary Two

Past, Present and Future.

Aligned with CEFR A2+/IELTS 4.5-5

Successful students at this level will improve fluency to communicate on a variety of current and relevant topics beyond the classroom.

This is step two on your road to becoming more competent in English. And as you move through the course, you'll hone your ability to speak about everyday situations and on topics of current interest. In other words, you'll be able to communicate the way you want to. Readings and simple books of general interest will help you build your vocabulary in preparation for living outside the classroom and moving on to the next course, as you work towards your certificate of proficiency.

CEEI 510: Intermediate One

Media Radar.

Aligned with CEFR B1/IELTS 5

Successful students at this level will increase language control to engage meaningfully with the local and global community through a variety of media.

At this point, you probably understand most English texts and you feel comfortable communicating in a variety of situations both in and outside the classroom. This course will go further, to help you develop your speaking skills in group discussions on topics of general interest and current events. You'll also be watching current media content and the news as the stimulus for short writing projects that will help you sharpen your view of the future and feel more confident as an English speaker. How does that sound?

CEEI 610: Intermediate Two

Global Citizenship.

Aligned with CEFR B1+/IELTS 5.5

Successful students at this level will broaden academic and professional language use in a range of formal contexts.

This course is your first major step towards competency in academic or professional English. Here, you'll examine social and environmental issues. You'll step outside the classroom to conduct surveys. And you'll use input from sources like the TED talks to do research and conduct discussions and presentations on topics such as addiction, health, workplace issues and more. If you want to further your studies in university or simply further your life in a professional field, this course is a must.

CEEI 710: Advanced One

Relate and Debate.

Aligned with CEFR B2/IELTS 6-6.5

Successful students at this level will develop a more sophisticated level of fluency and accuracy to critically engage with complex content.

You now have a strong foundation in listening, speaking, reading and writing. You're also quite comfortable with challenging topics and material. But you're not going to stop now, are you? Good, because it's time to get down to business. This course focuses on lively debates and persuasion through individual and panel presentations. You'll conduct interviews outside the classroom then present your findings in class. You'll study topics related to the workplace, education and community, refining the skills you'll need to function in a university or professional setting. The Advanced One Course will be a breakthrough in understanding the role English will play in your life and career. It's also the last step in your preparation for your last course and your certificate of competency. 

CEEI 810: Advanced Two

On Top of Your Game.

Aligned with CEFR B2+-C1-/IELTS 6.5-7

Successful students at this level will achieve a level of proficiency to allow for flexible and effective use of English in academic and professional settings.

At this level, you're quite proficient in English and want to go to university. Or perhaps you simply want to enhance your professional potential. Either way,
this course if for you. Here, you'll read a contemporary Canadian novel and work on a related in-depth project. You'll conduct library research, write a research paper and make a formal presentation before the class. Individual attention from your teacher will help you develop your critical thinking skills as you gain confidence and independence in your academic ability. Then, at the end of the class, you'll celebrate with your classmates who, like you, will have earned their language-proficiency requirements for university entrance. Congratulations.

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