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
Special programs may be offered at different times.
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 UCFV International. Classes are normally for intermediate, advanced, and bridge students only. Beginner students need special arrangements.
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 an assessment before they can register.
Pick up a Permission to Register form from the ESL office. You will be assigned a time to register. If you register after the second week of classes, 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 all classes but especially 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 may be cancelled.
At the end of the semester students are assessed to determine an appropriate placement for the following semester. Students may obtain a transcript online at the end of each semester. You must obtain a C- in a course in order to be able to take the next higher course. If you do not attend classes regularly, you may not be passed to the next level.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books must normally be purchased for each course. They are available in the UCFV bookstore.
This is a developmental level program, and so, is not eligible for government student loans.
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.
Students will improve their spoken and written English and increase their vocabulary. Students may want to take the phonics course or the pronunciation courses 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 four English language proficiency certificates. Students must apply for a certificate. Students must achieve a grade of C- or better in each of the listed courses, and must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher on all the courses for the certificate.
Note: It is not the intention of the ESL Department to issue certificates for work not done at UCFV.
The English Second Language program (ESL) at UCFV combines in-depth training in core language skills at six levels with a choice of optional electives to suit the individual needs of students. The gradual shift from ESL into academic subjects gives students practical support during this transition and helps them adjust to academic studies.
This approach also helps maximize student success in further academic or career programs by providing students with the opportunity to develop the skills required in Canadian universities. On completion of this program students may receive a certificate and are eligible for entry into academic programs.
All reading/vocabulary, writing/grammar, and speaking/listening courses are considered core. All other courses are electives.
1. Fall: September to December
ESL program outline
Five ESL core subjects plus optional electives
Click here for University Foundation certificate details.
Individualized ESL self-study programs in multi-media computer assisted language training lab.
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