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Oxford College is committed to providing a memorable and rewarding experience to all students who seek to advance or improve their English language skills.

All ESL programs offered at Oxford College are accredited by Languages Canada.

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Oxford College is also a British Council designated IELTS Test Center.

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Please click on any of the links below for further information regarding the courses that are offered.

ESL Program

 

Oxford College offers six levels of ESL courses. All students will be provided with an evaluation to determine which course best suits their learning needs.

All courses focus on the four strands of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Grammar lessons will be integrated in the four strands, and students will also be immersed in lessons about idiomatic and phrasal expressions that are necessary for communication.

Each level is six weeks in length, consisting of 25 hours of instruction per week. Students will be provided with assessments and must achieve a minimum of 70% to pass. Upon successful completion, students will obtain a report card and a certificate of completion.

ESL Level I-Low Beginner

 

In this course, students will learn how to listen for specific information in order to interact socially and academically. Students will learn how to follow simple directions and engage in basic interaction with others. Topics learned include the months of the year, numbers, colours, food, and compliments. Students will gain strategies to learn the proper pronunciation of simple words. Students will learn how to identify the main elements of simple texts and learn about the basic use of punctuation, linking words and simple spelling.

This course is suitable for students who have no prior knowledge of the English language.

ESL Level II-Beginner

 

In this course, students will focus on the comprehension of common day-to-day vocabulary, particularly as it relates to verbal instructions. Students will engage in familiar personal and common topics of conversation by using simple language expressions. Students will read a variety of simple texts and answer relevant questions regarding main ideas. Students will learn how to compose short journals, notices, and short sentences. Students will also focus on verbs, adjectives, prepositions and sentence forms.

ESL Level III-Low Intermediate

 

In this course, students will be able to identify main ideas from short oral discourse, and learn how to take notes when listening. Students will engage in dialogue and short oral presentations, with a greater emphasis placed on proper pronunciation and intonation. Idiomatic and phrasal verbs will be learned, and students will read a variety of texts that are both fiction and non-fiction. Students will begin to write longer sentences which share views about a variety of topics.

ESL Level IV-Intermediate

 

In this course, students will participate in classroom discussions regarding a variety of social and academic issues. Students will collaborate with peers in order to engage in a variety of presentations relating to current events, and provide both opinions and solutions when engaged in dialogue. Students will read more complex literature from a variety of sources, including newspapers, magazines and media sources. Students will continue to develop their application of proper grammatical structure, and will begin to learn about different writing styles.

ESL Level V-Upper Intermediate

 

In this course, students will learn how to paraphrase main ideas and supporting details when engaged in oral dialogue. Students will learn how to select and relay information properly, and will expand their vocabulary to include more academic and uncommon terms. Students will read for a variety of purposes, and learn how to recognize and interpret abbreviations and specialized vocabulary. Students will engage in compare and contrast, and will learn how to produce legible and comprehensible essays. An emphasis will be placed on real-world applications of subject matter learned, and students will have the opportunity to visit a variety of centres in order to better understand contextual references.

ESL Level VI-Advanced

 

In this course, students will work to refine control of complex grammar, vocabulary, and language skills that serve to solidify and strengthen English fluency. Students will engage in formal communication that is applicable to academic or professional settings or situations. Students will create, lead and engage in a wide range of communicative activities for a variety of audiences and settings. Students will learn how to identify the main ideas, factual details and implied meanings from a variety of formal and informal listening materials. Students will identify the purpose, relationship, mood and context in a variety of literary resources. Students will write a variety of academic reports, using proper grammar, format, and structure. Students will develop their critical thinking skills by learning to evaluate and contrast information that is presented, in order to develop a personal position in regards to a variety of issues. Independent studies will be a key method of assessment throughout this course.

English for Academic Purposes

 

Oxford College offers two English for Academic Purpose (EAP) courses, which runs for six weeks each.

This course is suitable for students who have no prior knowledge of the English language.

Each week consists of 25 hours of in-class instruction.

Students who choose to enroll in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program have the clearly defined goal of effective English function and communication within post-secondary academic settings.

As such, the EAP courses offered at Oxford College place an emphasis on skills development and subject knowledge, in comparison to the content-based themes offered in general ESL courses.

The primary instructional strategies employed are task-based learning and collaborative learning activities, which promote language acquisition skills, study skills and critical thinking skills. Instructors also take advantage of the wealth of personal and profession experience that adult students bring to the classroom, and offer tasks which draw from this knowledge.

In this course, students will enhance their reading skills by recognizing the explicit and implicit themes, purposes and arguments of complex academic texts. Students will hone their speaking skills, so that they are able to fluently discuss their views and positions in social and academic contexts.

An emphasis is placed on well-structured, comprehensive written texts which demonstrate proficiency in the use of organizational patterns and consistent literary devices.

Students will gain effective tools and skills for success in Standard English Proficiency Tests, such as the TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC.

IELTS Test Center

 

Oxford College is a certified, British-council designated IELTS Test Center.

To register for the test, please click on the ILTTS logo below.

Students are advised to contact the ILTTS directly for any questions regarding the examination, results, and letters.

The fee for sitting the IELTS test (both Academic and General Training) is $309.00 including tax.

IELTS Test Center

Oxford College is a certified, British-council designated IELTS Test Center.

To register for the test, please click on the ILTTS logo below.

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Students are advised to contact the ILTTS directly for any questions regarding the examination, results, and letters.

The fee for sitting the IELTS test (both Academic and General Training) is $309.00 including tax.

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