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The Academic program is designed to work with students at their level of proficiency and develop their confidence and ability to communicate and thrive at school, home, and/or work. Each level has its own specific goals and outcomes, and each level of instruction builds upon the previous level(s) using listening, writing, grammar, comprehension, speaking, and vocabulary exercises. Outcomes are listed by level in the Curriculum Guidelines.
BCCAT offers English Language Studies designed for non-native English speakers wishing to study in an English speaking environment. These courses include reading, writing, and presentation skills for use in a variety of situations: general, social, professional, and academic situations.
The program is designed to provide literate non-native English speaking adult learners with dramatically improved language skills by providing a standardized, integrated, intensive and structure-based curriculum. Students learn the language skills necessary to become fluent in English, and/or to take more advanced training in an English-only environment. This intensive English language program promotes language training in an integrated manner, grammar, reading, writing and aural comprehension, are all taught in a systematized manner so that students learn all aspects of the language in a step-by-step method, with standardized exams to ensure that students are learning continually.
Language is the most important tool in human communication. Today, English has become the number one language for global interaction. In the field of TESL or Teaching English as a Second Language, the main goal among classroom teachers is to provide students with learning experiences which will develop students’ communicative abilities in speaking, listening, writing, grammar, and reading.Thus, this program is designed to offer ESL communicative tasks that will allow learners to gain language confidence and competence in various social interactions. Such tasks are believed to be effective in developing students’ ability to convey and process information either in written or spoken mediums. More than that, these tasks also encourage the students to become independent learners and hopefully make them more productive and informed citizens in their respective communities.
In order to achieve these goals, this program is focused on designing classroom activities that are essentially based on the communicative principle. Under this principle, the main teaching goal is to encourage the student to communicate using English. The lessons cover meaningful content that reflects realistic situations and demands rather than a heavy emphasis on grammatical structures.
Students usually perform a specific task in a group or in pairs. The student is the central figure in the learning process while the teacher serves as a facilitator who provides feedback when necessary. Factors such as the students’ cultural backgrounds, learning styles, and learning goals are also considered to fully understand student needs. The goal of this program is to fully integrate all the skills with well-balanced communicative tasks for the students.
Using a communicative approach in teaching English teaching provides three major benefits to ESL students. First, it gives second language learner more opportunities and experiences in order to turn the language into a more functional and comprehensible tool. Second, an ESL communicative task allows learners to produce language output in a context that also helps other students understand their messages better. Third, it also transforms the classroom setting into a real-life situation where people communicate with each other. This program is designed to be able to address all these benefits of Communicative Language Teaching.