Updated Oct. 1, 2020

Dear students and partners,

Six months into the pandemic, we're finding that more and more students are deciding to study English online so that they can continue to pursue their academic and career goals. We continue to be very busy developing and delivering our online programs. They are going well and we have had excellent feedback from our students. Here is one student's comment from our August English for Global Communication(EGC) online course:

"It was really good experience to participate in EGC course providing by ELC. For any students who are thinking of studying abroad for the future and who are a little hesitant about studying abroad, this online program is a great program because people can easily participate in. The things they need is only PC and an internet connection, and also they could take classes suitable for their level because they take an English proficiency test before the program. I could learn English from interesting and various topics such as the problems of my country, introduction of recommended spots and problems of International marriage. I keep in touch with the other students after the program ends. I really recommend this program to students who wish to make overseas friends, to improve English skills and to live a fulfilling life."

– Mami, English for Global Communication, August 2020 

This feedback is so encouraging for us, but of course, we still miss our in-class students! 

The University of Victoria will be welcoming a new president in early November, and we expect that an announcement about returning to face-to-face classes will come from his office early in the New Year.

Stay safe and healthy!

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated Sept. 4, 2020

 

Dear students and partners,

It is with great regret (but not much surprise) that I must announce the ELC will continue its suspension of on-campus programming through to April 1, 2021. We will make decisions early in 2021 about the possibility of resuming face-to-face classes from April. Please know how much we miss having students in Victoria and we can’t wait to welcome you back as soon as it is safe to do so.

Until on-campus classes resume, the ELC is still here with online courses to assist students in reaching their goals by helping them to improve their English skills. We will be adding more program dates to the website soon, so please check back to see what courses are available in 2021. We are still offering the same great courses being taught by our wonderful teachers.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and that we will have a vaccine to end this terrible pandemic soon.

Stay safe and well in these difficult times!

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated Aug. 27, 2020

Dear students and partners,

I hope you are doing well and keeping safe. I was delighted to meet many of our English for Global Communication (EGC) students in our August program. Being online, we are now seeing students from both our traditional markets and quite a few from new markets. It is exciting to see students from different countries, getting a chance to meet and share their cultures. I was also pleased to hear from the EGC instructors how much the students' speaking skills improved over the four-week program.

The University will decide in late September whether we can hold face-to-face classes again in spring 2021. We will announce the decision as soon as it is confirmed, and in the meantime, we are encouraging students and partners to plan for online studies. Our wonderful teachers and staff are always ready to offer a warm welcome, whether you are studying online or on campus.

This is such a difficult time for so many of us, and I hope you are staying safe and well. I know many of you are having difficulties due to the pandemic, and my heart goes out to you. I hope there is a cure for COVID soon and that we can all travel again sometime in 2021.

Stay safe and well in these difficult times!

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


Updated July 23, 2020

Dear students and partners,

We are missing the sound of our students’ voices at the English Language Centre and look forward to the time when it is safe for us to welcome international students back to Victoria. The university and BC Health Authorities will make a decision early in the fall about a return to face-to-face classes for the first term of 2021—this is in order to allow time for planning. 

We are still here to meet the English language education needs of our students and our online programs are going well. We are happy to announce that the promotional tuition of $695 for English for Global Communication (EGC) will be extended until the end of 2020. We will honour the promotional tuition cost for any EGC courses booked before the end of the year. The next course start dates are Aug. 4, Aug. 31, Jan. 4 and Feb. 8. Please note that the ELPI-O (10-week intensive academic program) promotional tuition of $2,645 ends July 31, so if you are interested, please book soon to get this special price. 

Through our online courses, you’ll see your English language skills improve. The courses are well laid out and easy to follow. Of course our teachers will be there to help guide you and give you feedback every step of the way. You’ll also meet other students from all over the world and have a chance to interact in the synchronous classes and during Café Social events.

I hope you and your families are staying safe and well in these difficult times.

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


June 25, 2020

Dear students and partners,

I hope you and your families are staying safe and well. To ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and the community, the ELC will not be holding face-to-face classes in the fall. We are hopeful we will be able to hold face-to-face classes in 2021. We expect to have confirmation from the university and Health Authorities early in the fall about our plans for 2021.

Students – we miss you!!!!

To help you reach your English language learning goals, our teachers have developed an amazing suite of online courses so you won’t fall behind in your studies. You will be able to improve your English and be a part of our learning community. Please see our website and videos for our four-week (40 hours) course English for Global Communication.

And our 10-week Academic program ELPI-O.

While the experience will be different, the exceptional quality of our programs remains. You will have the opportunity to meet with other international students and make friends. Our teachers and staff are here to help and guide you in your studies. 

Please stay safe and take care in these difficult times.

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


May 14, 2020

Dear students and partners,

To ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and the community, ELC will not be holding face-to-face classes in the fall. We are deeply saddened that we cannot welcome you to Victoria in 2020 but look forward having students back on campus in 2021.

We don’t want you to fall behind in your English studies so would like to invite you to consider taking some of our online courses. While the experience will be different, the exceptional quality of our programs remains. You will still develop and improve your English and be part of a learning community. You will have the opportunity to meet with other international students and make friends. Our teachers and staff are here to help you meet your learning goals. Please see our website for more information on our online courses. Please stay safe and take care in these difficult times.

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC


April 21, 2020

Dear friends and partners,

We hope you are all staying healthy and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. At UVic, face-to-face instruction has been suspended until the fall which means all our summer face-to-face programs have been cancelled. We are sorry to disappoint students who planned to come to Victoria, but student safety is our highest priority. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will be updating our website as things develop. For the latest COVID-19 UVic information, visit uvic.ca/covid-19

New – We are excited to launch ELC Connect, a new suite of online English language programs:

English for Global Communication

Aug. 4–28 (4 weeks / 40 hours)
Aug. 31–Sept. 25 (4 weeks / 40 hours)

5 levels offered

Tuition $695

Learn more

University Admissions Preparation Online

July 13–Aug. 21 (6 weeks / 100 hours)

Successful completion of this program meets the University of Victoria English language proficiency requirement. 

Tuition $3,200

Learn more

 

– Dr. Jackie Prowse, Director, and your friends at ELC

 

  • Posted April 6, 2020