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.
75 minute synchronous sessions will take place at 5:00 pm Victoria time on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
||Tuesday 5:00– 6:15 pm Victoria Time
||Thursday 5:00 – 6:15 pm Victoria Time
* If you are not located in the same time zone, use the Time Zone Converter to get the time of the session in your region.
* Victoria observes Daylight Saving Time and this may change the synchronous class times in your region depending on the time of the year.
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.
Social Connect activities
In addition to class time, students will be invited to join Social Connect activities, including:
||Mix and Mingle – Begin your course with an online event to meet your new classmates.
||Experience Victoria videos – Watch weekly videos to learn more about Canadian students and living in Canada
||Café Social – Participate in a weekly event where you will meet other students and UVic staff in small groups for discussion
||Oh Canada – Watch weekly videos with interesting stories and events from Canada, for discussion at Café Social