English as a Second Language

Code Course Description
EASL 0101

Beginners’ I: English as a Second Language Immersion Program

This is the first level in a six-level English as a Second Language Immersion Program. This full-time program is designed to provide EASL students 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.

*These courses are designed for contract or sponsored students and as such, course fees are not based on credit value. If spaces are available, they may be accessed by community students.

EASL 0102

Beginners’ II: English as a Second Language Immersion Program

This is the second level in a six-level English as a Second Language Immersion Program. This full-time program is designed to provide EASL students 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.

*These courses are designed for contract or sponsored students and as such, course fees are not based on credit value. If spaces are available, they may be accessed by community students.

EASL 0103

Intermediate I: English as a Second Language Immersion Program

This is the third level in a six-level English as a Second Language Immersion Program. This full-time program is designed to provide EASL students 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.

*These courses are designed for contract or sponsored students and as such, course fees are not based on credit value. If spaces are available, they may be accessed by community students.

EASL 0104

Intermediate II: English as a Second Language Immersion Program

This is the fourth level in a six-level English as a Second Language Immersion Program. This full-time program is designed to provide EASL students 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.

*These courses are designed for contract or sponsored students and as such, course fees are not based on credit value. If spaces are available, they may be accessed by community students.

EASL 0105

Advanced I: English as a Second Language Immersion Program

This is the fifth level in a six-level English as a Second Language Immersion Program. This full-time program is designed to provide EASL students 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.

*These courses are designed for contract or sponsored students and as such, course fees are not based on credit value. If spaces are available, they may be accessed by community students.

EASL 0106

Advanced II: English as a Second Language Immersion program

This is the sixth level in a six-level English as a Second Language Immersion Program. This full-time program is designed to provide EASL students 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.

*These courses are designed for contract or sponsored students and as such, course fees are not based on credit value. If spaces are available, they may be accessed by community students.

EASL 0135

General English for Students of English as a Second Language Level 1

This course is designed for students wishing to upgrade their language skills for purposes of: 1) participating in day-to-day personal and social situations; 2) improving their employment opportunities; 3) preparing for further education or training. Students will practice strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing to meet their personal, social, employment and/or educational needs. Course activities will include listening and speaking in a variety of communicative situations. Students will also complete both functional and skill-based reading and writing exercises. This course is offered at 4 levels. See attached appendix.

EASL 0235

General English for Students of English as a Second Language EASL 0235, Level 2

This course is designed for students wishing to upgrade their language skills for purposes of: 1) participating in day-to-day personal and social situations; 2) improving their employment opportunities; 3) preparing for further education or training. Students will practice strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing to meet their personal, social, employment and/or educational needs. Course activities will include listening and speaking in a variety of communicative situations. Students will also
complete both functional and skill-based reading and writing exercises. This course is offered at 4 levels. See attached appendix.

EASL 0270

Editing, Writing, Reading and Vocabulary Development for Lower-Advanced Students of EASL

This course supplements the four-level writing series for students who wish to upgrade their reading and writing for personal, educational and/or employment purposes. The course is designed for students who have experience writing paragraphs but consistently make errors in grammar and sentence structure. Students develop strategies for editing and proofreading. Working with short writing samples and their own and classmates’ compositions, students practice identifying problems and errors in language use, diction and mechanics. Students review writing academic paragraphs and summaries. Students also practice academic reading skills such as predicting, scanning and skimming, and identifying key ideas. In addition, students read extensively in order to increase reading fluency. Finally, vocabulary development work includes such skills as guessing meaning by using context clues as well as prefixes and suffixes.

EASL 0285

Pronunciation Skills for Students of English as a Second Language

This is a basic pronunciation course for EASL students. Students will be introduced to the sound system of English and to phonetic symbols. Activities will focus on listening for sound distinctions and identifying the major stress and intonation patterns. Students will identify and work on their own pronunciation problems and develop some strategies for monitoring improvement. It is recommended that students take a conversation course at the same time.

EASL 0335

General English for Students of English as a Second Language EASL 0335, Level 3

This course is designed for students wishing to upgrade their language skills for purposes of: 1) participating in
day-to-day personal and social situations; 2) improving their employment opportunities; 3) preparing for further
education or training. Students will practice strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing to meet their
personal, social, employment and/or educational needs.
Course activities will include listening and speaking in a variety of communicative situations. Students will also complete both functional and skill-based reading and writing exercises. This course is offered at 4 levels. See attached appendix.

EASL 0370

Practical Writing for Advanced Students of English as a Second Language

This is a general purpose writing course for students with some experience in writing English. It is designed for students who wish to upgrade their overall writing skills for personal, work-related or academic purposes. Students will write personal letters, notices, reports for school and work, resumes, and routine business correspondence. Students will also receive practice in proofreading for major errors of sentence structure, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.

EASL 0376

Editing and Proofreading for Advanced Students of English as a Second Language

This course supplements the four-level series for students who wish to upgrade their writing for further education or improved employment opportunities. It is designed for students who have experience writing paragraphs and short essays and some control of grammar and sentence structure, but who still make consistent errors in language use. Students will develop strategies for editing and proofreading their own work. Working with short academic writing composition samples, students will practice identifying problems and errors in language use, editing for style, conciseness and accuracy, and proof-reading for basic errors in grammar, structure, diction and mechanics.

EASL 0385

Advanced Pronunciation Skills for Students of English as a Second Language

This is an advanced pronunciation course for students with good listening and speaking skills. Students taking this course should have no major pronunciation problems. The course will provide a review of the sound system and major stress and intonation patterns introduced in EASL 0285, as well as exercises in understanding English spoken in a variety of ways. Students will improve fluency by practicing some of the finer features of native speech, such as stress and intonation variation for emphasis or special meaning, phrasing, syllable reduction and linking. It is recommended that students take a conversation course at the same time.

EASL 0435

General English for Students of English as a Second LanguageEASL 0435, Level 4

This course is designed for students wishing to upgrade their language skills for purposes of: 1) participating in
day-to-day personal and social situations; 2) improving their employment opportunities; 3) preparing for further
education or training. Students will practice strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing to meet their
personal, social, employment and/or educational needs.
Course activities will include listening and speaking in a variety of communicative situations. Students will also complete both functional and skill-based reading and writing exercises. This course is offered at 4 levels. See attached appendix.

EASL 0635

English for Internationally-Trained Professionals

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.

EASL 0810

Academic Health Care Listening and Speaking Communication Skills for Students of English as a Second

Academic Health Care Listening and Speaking Communication Skills for Students of English as a Second Language is for students who wish to upgrade their language skills with a view to applying for one of the health sciences programs offered at Douglas College. Students will learn and improve their skills in listening, speaking, notetaking, pronunciation, and study skills through a wide variety of textbook and internet based materials. These materials will be related to or based on the health care field in Canada whenever possible. Cultural literacy and awareness will be stressed along with the development of a repertoire of academic and practical skills needed to be successful in a post secondary classroom. These skills will be transferrable to employment situations after educational goals have been achieved.

EASL 0820

Academic Health Care Reading and Composition Skills for Students of English as a Second Language

Academic Health Care Reading and Composition Skills for Students of English as a Second Language is for students who wish to upgrade their language skills with a view to applying for one of the health sciences programs offered at Douglas College. This course emphasizes reading for study purposes and writing from first-year university level sources. Students will read materials from a range of appropriate materials including academic texts, professional journals, and literature. Materials will be related to or based on the health care field in Canada whenever possible. Cultural literacy and awareness will be stressed along with the development of a repertoire of academic and practical skills needed to be successful in a post secondary classroom. These skills will be transferrable to employment situations after educational goals have been achieved.

EASL 0835

Communication Skills for Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program Students

This course is designed for students who are planning to enter the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program. Students will practice strategies and techniques to improve language fluency with HSRC educational, employment, and social contexts. Students will improve their communication skills for a variety of situations. Facilitating communication and recognizing and solving miscommunication will be emphasized. In addition they will learn language, including idioms and slang, particular to a health care environment. Formal group discussions and discussion leadership skills will also be learned and practiced. Students will prepare and give short formal presentations.

EASL 0865

Advanced Reading Skills for Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program Students

This course is designed for students who are planning to enter the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program. This course emphasizes reading longer passages at a reasonable rate, and taking notes that would be useful for study and review purposes. Effective academic reading strategies and memory techniques will be studied and practiced. Moreover, methods for improving and expanding vocabulary relating to HSRC educational, employment, and social contexts will be stressed. Readings will come from a variety of health care materials, including the textbooks and other materials required for the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program.

EASL 0875

Upper Intermediate Writing Skills for Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program Students

This course is designed for students who are planning to enter the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program. Students will practice different types of writing that can be used within HSRC educational, employment and social contexts. Students will generate and organize ideas into increasingly longer compositions and practice editing and revising. Exercises will help students clarify and elaborate supporting points, use grammar, and proofread written work. Exercises and assignments will have a health care focus and content whenever possible.

EASL 0885

Language Accuracy Skills for Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program Students

This course is designed for students who are planning to enter the Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Program. Students will practice strategies and techniques to improve listening and speaking accuracy within HSRC educational, employment, and social contexts. This course will introduce the English sound system and major stress and intonation patterns. Students will improve listening and speaking skills by practicing phrasing, syllable reduction and linking. In addition, listening skills will be practiced through exercises such as dictation and basic notetaking.

EASL 0895

EASL Adjunct for Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Students

This course is an adjunct course for EASL students enrolled in the HSRC Program. Students will develop language and study skills to support their HSRC Program coursework. Activities will help students perform the reading and writing tasks required to effectively take tests and satisfactorily complete course assignments. Coursework will also assist students to participate effectively in the HSRC Program including lab and clinical work.