Students can expect to study 20 hours a week for a total of 200 hours of instruction.
UVic instructors guide students through "synchronous" (in real time) and "asynchronous" (according to one's own schedule) learning activities.
Students will come online before the class starts to test their equipment and to learn the virtual classroom platforms: Moodle and Zoom. ELC staff will show you the functions of the site and help you with any technical problems you may have so you can begin your classes without any difficulties.
Class time: "synchronous" learning
Students will meet online with their classmates and UVic instructors for weekly, 1.25 hour "synchronous" sessions for each section (Reading/Listening + Writing/ Speaking). Students will participate in activities specifically designed to support and reinforce the independent lessons they have learned. During class time, they will have the opportunity to interact in real time with other students in the course doing activities such as debate and discussion, group and pair work, and other academic speaking assignments. These sessions may be recorded in case students miss a session or need to review material covered in a particular class. Synchronous sessions will usually take place at 5:00pm Pacific Time.
Independent work: "asynchronous" learning
Under the careful guidance of their instructors, students are expected to do class work independently for about 20 hours per week. Instructors will assign tasks and provide "flipped classroom" learning for the students to complete at a time their schedules allow. Learning activities will include watching lectures, taking notes and completing assignments, viewing PowerPoint presentations as the teacher explains the content, contributing to online discussions; working on peer review assignments, and grammar / vocabulary practice activities.
The synchronous and asynchronous parts of the program are clearly presented so that students understand how they work together to support their language and academic skills development.
Your instructors will be available during office hours to help you with your questions about the course content, assignments and activities.
ELC Connect cultural activities
In addition to class time, students will be invited to join ELC Connect cultural activities, including:
Mix and mingle - Your course will begin with an online "Mixer" activity to meet your new classmates.
Experience Victoria videos - Learn about Canadian students and Canadian living!
Café Social - sign up for Café Social to meet in small groups of 4-5 students along with an ELC staff member. Meet and practice your English with other students and native English speakers.
Oh Canada - Interesting events and stories about Canada are shared to discuss in Café Social.
End of course celebration - Enjoy a video greeting from the Director of the English Language Centre to celebrate your accomplishments! Then grab a snack and enjoy a final good-bye with your friends.