This course develops advanced spoken language skills for students to use in discussions of various topics inside and outside the classroom. Students express their own ideas and opinions and contribute actively to informal discussions and formal presentations. Students develop their awareness of varieties of spoken language according to purpose, topic and audience, their understanding of concrete and abstract words and phrases, and their use of appropriate sound, rhythm and stress patterns. Listening and note taking skills are developed through presentations, discussions, and media resources.

This course is an advanced academic course in writing for students who speak English as an additional language. The course focuses on using the writing process for planning, writing, and revising to produce well-developed multi-paragraph academic essays, including comparison / contrast and argumentative research. Attention is given to the use of accurate and effective research techniques. The course consists of a weekly lecture and an interactive writing workshop with the instructor in the computer lab.

Media Reading is an advanced academic reading course which includes study and discussion of a variety of reading selections of moderate length taken from current media sources, including print newspapers and magazines as well as articles from the internet. The course focuses on the development of vocabulary and specific reading strategies that can be used in understanding and critiquing texts on topics of contemporary social and cultural interest. Students develop their ability to read critically and respond to media reports on current issues

This is an advanced writing course that focuses on various forms of writing that can be found in the academic and the work world. In addition to formal academic research techniques, this course will also explore practical technical writing skills needed for clear, timely, concise and accurate communication. The writer must focus on the purpose and audience as well as the form, style and organization. In this class, students will produce a variety of practical and academic forms of writing, including correspondence, summaries, instructions, proposals, reports etc.

Volunteer Internship is an advanced interactive communicative seminar where students can volunteer once a week at a business, service or organization in Castlegar. This experience gives students an opportunity to learn more about the community and use their English in a real setting.


Introduction to Teaching the English Language introduces students to the TESOL profession. Both theoretically and practically, students will explore the needs and challenges of effective classroom organization, management and teaching with the goal of creating a learner-centered classroom. Principles learned will be applied and further developed in the courses Teaching Listening and Speaking, and Teaching Reading and Writing.

The Teaching Reading and Writing course focuses on teaching theory and methodology used to develop ESL students’ reading and writing skills in a second language classroom. It also offers practical knowledge on materials development, teaching activities and techniques, lesson and unit plan design, and the development of assessment tools.

This course will support, enrich and expand learners’ study of TESOL with exploration in to the current trends in the field. Topics will include but are not limited to: teaching young learners, effective tutoring, developing e-portfolios, using technology in the classroom, navigating the job search, and strategies for teaching multi-level classes.

Teaching Pronunciation is a course that focuses on teaching how to improve the intelligibility of learners’ spoken English. Participants in the course learn to identify features in spoken language that block or slow down comprehension on the part of the listener. Corrective activities that can be used within a communicative framework are emphasized.

A teaching practicum is an integral part of the TESOL program. Students participate in formal classroom observations and then proceed to solo practice teaching. Students have the opportunity to choose a specific skill area class to focus on within the extensive Selkirk College English Language program. Through observation, practice teaching, evaluation and review, students are able to gain firsthand experience. Experienced instructors in the program provide guidance, supervision and ongoing support. A one-hour weekly group seminar provides the opportunity for students to share and reflect on their experience.