Department website: www.ufv.ca/esl/

The English as a Second Language department at UCFV offers full-time and part-time classes in ESL from Beginners to Advanced levels. The Intensive classes include speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing. Students who plan to take university-level courses should complete the Advanced ESL courses.

Program office: Room A247, Abbotsford campus

Telephone: (604) 854-4581


September 1–December 21, 1999
January 10–April 28, 2000
May 8–June 30, 2000

Special programs may be offered at different times.

Entrance Requirements

You can become an ESL student if you have completed Grade 12 or equivalent, or if you are 19 years of age or older before the first day of classes. International students should contact the International Education department.

How to Apply

Fill out an application form in the ESL office. Currently, there is a $15 application fee. You will be given an appointment for an assessment. All students do a written and an oral assessment.


Pick up a Permission to Register form from the ESL office. This will give you an appointment to register. If you register after classes have started, there is a late registration fee of $10 per course. Please remember to notify the ESL office and the Admissions and Records office of a change of address or phone number if you move or change your phone number.


It is very important to attend your first class. Please check your Permission to Register form for the time of your class. If you do not attend your first class, your place will be given to a person on the waiting list. You are expected to attend classes from the beginning to the end of the course. Classes with insufficient enrolment will be cancelled.

Grading Policy

At the end of the semester students are assessed to determine an appropriate placement for the following semester. Students are given a transcript at the end of each semester. You must pass a course in order to be able to take the next higher course. If you do not attend classes regularly, you will not be passed to the next level. Courses do not carry university credit.

Fees and Additional Costs

Courses for beginners who are landed immigrants and Canadian citizens are free. Other courses are approximately $56 each. There is a technology fee of $12.50. Books must be purchased for each course. They are available in the UCFV bookstore.

Computer Laboratory

Certain classes are scheduled in the computer lab. Drop-in times are also available. Students can use computer software to help them in any skill area in which they need to improve.

Beginner: Students will speak, listen, learn new words, and do some reading and writing in class. They will learn about Canada. The beginner classes provide a comfortable place to begin to learn English.

Intermediate: Students will improve their spoken and written English and increase their vocabulary. Students may want to take the phonics course or the pronunciation course at this or the advanced level.

Advanced: Students will improve their reading and writing. They will develop a better knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. They will continue to improve their listening and speaking ability.


The ESL department offers three certificates: for intermediate proficiency, for advanced proficiency, and for academic proficiency in the English language. Students must apply for a certificate. Contact the department for details.

Course Listings

For complete details on courses see Course Descriptions.

ESL Faculty

Marie Moore, Permanent Teachers’ Cert. (London University and B.C.), Program Head
Maria Bos-Chan, BA (UBC), BEd (Toronto), MEd (OISE/Toronto), Prof. Teaching Cert. (Ont)
Neil Campbell, BA (Seattle Pacific)
Elizabeth Carpenter, BA (Toronto)
Lynne Hunniford, BEd (UBC), Prof. Teaching Cert. (B.C.),Child Care Counsellor Diploma
Joan Kilbride, BEd (Concordia), MEd (McGill), Prof. Teaching Cert. (Que), Cert. in Androgogy (Concordia)
Barbara Lightle, BEd (Sask), Permanent Prof. Teaching Cert. (Man), Prof. Teaching Cert. (Sask)
Robin Neufeld, BA (Concordia), Education Dip. in ESL (UBC)
Katherine Perrault, BA, MA (New Brunswick), Prof. Teaching Cert. (B.C.)
Nancy Sexton, BGS (SFU) Prof. Teaching Cert. (B.C.)
Jon Shanks, BS (Washington), ESL Certificate (VCC)

ESL Staff

Dorine Garibay, Department Assistant
Karen Redekopp, BA (Alberta), Social Services Dip. (UCFV),
Computer Lab Assistant and Program Assistant

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