Level 30  |  Level 40  |  Level 50  |  Level 60  |  Level 70  |  Level 80  

UFV offers 6 levels of ESL classes.  Classes are normally for intermediate, advanced, and bridge students only. Beginner students may need special arrangements. In order to take these classes you will need to do our assessment test.  After taking the test, you will find out which ESL level of courses is right for you.  Most students are stronger in one skill than another, so they are placed in different levels according to their strengths.  For example, your assessment might reveal that you should take 60 level in both Reading Vocabulary (RV68) and Speaking (S66) but 50 level in Writing Grammar (WG54).

At the end of the semester students are assessed to determine an appropriate placement for the following semester. Students can obtain a transcript online at the end of each semester. Students must achieve a C- to advance to the next course. Students who do not attend class regularly are usually unable to advance to the next level.
 
LEVEL 30 – BEGINNER

ESL Writing and Grammar 34
ESL WG34 is intended for students who are at the beginning of their second language learning. This course is designed to round out students' skills at survival written English and prepare them for the academically oriented intermediate ESL writing and grammar classes. It teaches the basic English grammar used in writing correct simple sentences. Some reading, vocabulary study, and speaking/listening may be involved.

ESL Reading and Vocabulary 38
ESL RV38 is designed for pre-intermediate students who want to improve their reading and vocabulary skills for academic, personal, and/or career purposes. This skills course will allow students to learn and practice the skills and vocabulary necessary for increasing their reading comprehension and speed.

ESL Listening/Speaking 36
ESL S36 is intended for students at the pre-intermediate level. It is designed to provide students with the basic grammar and vocabulary they need to become more confident speakers and listeners in social situations. Though reading and writing skills will be used, the primary focus is on listening, speaking, and pronunciation.

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LEVEL 40 – INTERMEDIATE

ESL Writing and Grammar 44
ESL WG44 is intended for students who are ready to begin working on the more academically oriented intermediate skills needed for writing. It is designed to give students a good grasp of the simple sentence and the simple paragraph. Some reading, vocabulary study, and speaking/listening may be involved.

ESL Reading and Vocabulary 48
ESL RV48 is designed for low-intermediate students who want to strengthen their reading and vocabulary skills for academic, personal, and/or career purposes. This skills course will allow students to learn and practice the skills necessary to improve their reading comprehension and their reading speed.

ESL Listening/Speaking Intermediate 46
ESL S46 is intended for students at the low-intermediate level. It is designed to build on the listening and speaking skills necessary for social interactions and to expand these skills for more challenging academic or career tasks. Though some reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary will be involved, the primary focus is on listening, speaking and pronunciation.

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LEVEL 50 – UPPER INTERMEDIATE

ESL Writing and Grammar 54
ESL WG54 is designed to give intermediate students near mastery of the simple sentence and to provide them with a good grasp of complex/compound sentences and a variety of basic paragraph types. Some reading, vocabulary study, and speaking/listening may be involved.

ESL Reading and Vocabulary 58
ESL RV48 is designed for low-intermediate students who want to strengthen their reading and vocabulary skills for academic, personal, and/or career purposes. This skills course will allow students to learn and practice the skills necessary to improve their reading comprehension and their reading speed.

ESL Listening/Speaking 56
ESL S56 is intended for students at the intermediate level. It is designed to prepare students for more complex academic speaking and listening tasks, and help them toward greater fluency and competence in the use of English. Though some reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary study may be involved, the primary focus is on listening, speaking, and pronunciation.

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LEVEL 60 – ADVANCED I

ESL Writing and Grammar 64
ESL WG64 reviews basic paragraph structure and teaches students how to incorporate that structure in a variety of paragraph development types that are standard in English. Students will be introduced to multi-paragraph (essay) writing by the end of the course. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on clear and effective written communication in English. Grammar, sentence structure, style, and logical development will be studied in relation to this emphasis.

ESL Reading and Vocabulary 68
ESL RV68 is designed for advanced students who wish to continue to strengthen their reading and vocabulary skills for academic, personal, or career purposes. This course builds on reading skills with an emphasis on summarizing, outlining, and taking notes from a range of fictional and non-fictional material. Students are also introduced to literature through unabridged novels and to interpretive reading. Students can also expect to increase their vocabulary by at least 300 word and 50 idiomatic expressions.

ESL Listening/Speaking 66
ESL S66 is intended for advanced students. Students will be taught social interaction functions such as making introductions, giving and following instructions, persuasion, conversation management strategies, offering suggestions, and debating. Pronunciation emphasis may include stress, intonation, reductions, and contractions. Listening activities may involve identifying a speaker's attitude, mood, and level of formality as well as content. In addition, students will be taught note-taking skills for a variety of lecture situations.

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LEVEL 70 – ADVANCED II

ESL Writing and Grammar 74

ESL WG74 develops skills for academic writing. The course focuses on five common writing tasks using a variety of rhetorical modes. In particular, students will develop academic writing abilities in the areas of defining, instructing, explaining, evaluating, summarizing, and responding. The course is conducted as a writer's workshop encompassing researching topics, organizing information, outlining, peer-editing, revising, and publishing. Grammar is integrated and manipulated for essay clarity and cohesion.

ESL Reading 70
ESL R70 is designed for high-advanced students who wish to continue to strengthen their reading skills for academic or career purposes. Students will be exposed to a variety of academic reading selections of varying lengths. In addition to consolidating the more literal skills, students will be challenged to develop their skill in critical reading, analysis, note-taking, and summarizing. Reading speed and comprehension will be developed through specific drills and reading self-selected novels.

ESL Vocabulary 73
ESL V73 is designed for students who already have a good reading vocabulary and a basic knowledge of common idioms. The students will strengthen their vocabulary by learning at least 300 words and 50 idioms. Students will also be made sensitive to levels of formality and become familiar with many word parts which will help the student become more efficient as an independent learner.

ESL Listening/Speaking 76
ESL S76 is intended for advanced students who wish to take university or college courses. Students will be taught functions such as managing a discussion/debate in a small formal group, giving clear detailed instructions on how to perform a complex task, and presenting a persuasive proposal. They may also discuss information and opinions with individuals in order to coordinate teamwork for accomplishing assignments and tasks. Pronunciation emphasis may shift towards the needs of each specific class, with the aim of developing near-native speech production. Listening tasks may include demonstrating critical comprehension of a lecture given by one speaker, or of an extended oral exchange between several speakers.

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LEVEL 80 – BRIDGE

ESL Writing and Grammar 84
ESL WG84 provides students with a range of strategies to prepare them for academic writing assignments in their undergraduate college and university courses. In addition to an emphasis on analysis and production of correct grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation, the course provides students with an opportunity to respond to the course writing assignments using a variety of writing strategies and grammatical structures.

ESL Reading 80
ESL R80 is designed for very advanced students who wish to gain the reading skills necessary to be successful in their academic studies. It will prepare students for the reading that is required in university and college courses. Students will strengthen their study/reading skills: note-taking, summarizing, outlining, paraphrasing, understanding and restating logical structure, integrating ideas from multiple sources, and varying reading speed according to purpose.

ESL Vocabulary 83
ESL V83 is intended for students with academic aspirations and a strong vocabulary base. It familiarizes students with the vocabulary that they can expect to encounter in university and college courses. It also includes studies in independent vocabulary development.

ESL Listening 87
ESL L87 is intended for students with academic aspirations and good oral skills. The course will expose students to a variety of academic listening situations, taped and live, and develop students' abilities to understand complex language at full speed. The course will also cultivate note-taking skills.

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