Website: www.ufv.ca/esl/

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

Program office: Room A247, Abbotsford campus 
Telephone: 604-854-4581 


September 4–December 18, 2002

January 8–April 23, 2003 

May 5–June 27, 2003 

July 2–Aug 15, 2003 

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, and if English is not your mother tongue. International students should contact the International Education department (see the Introduction and General Information section). 

How to apply 

Fill out an application form in the ESL office. There is a $45 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. 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 may 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 carry college credit towards a General Studies diploma at UCFV. 

Fees and additional costs 

Fees stated are in effect for 2002/03 and are subject to change for 2003/04. 

Courses are approximately $85 each for landed immigrants and Canadian citizens. 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 and Bridge: 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. These levels are a preparation for further academic study. 


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. Students must achieve a grade of C- or better in each of the courses taken at UCFV and an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. Contact the department for details. 

Course listings 

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section. 


Neil Campbell, BA, MA (Seattle Pacific), Department Head
Naomi Born, BEd (Tabor/Kansas), Prof. Teaching Cert. (B.C.)
Maria Bos-Chan, BA (UBC), BEd (Toronto), MEd (OISE/Toronto), Prof. Teaching Cert. (Ont)
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)
Nancy Sexton, BGS (SFU) Prof. Teaching Cert. (B.C.)
Jon Shanks, BS (Washington), ESL Certificate (VCC) 


Dorine Garibay, Department Assistant
Michael Gough, BSc (UCFV), Computer Lab Manager 

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