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English language school in Canada

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GENERAL INFORMATION

illc2.jpg (8899 bytes)Since 1990, International House - Vancouver (formerly ILLC) has offered ESL classes in a friendly, personal atmosphere. The school is a member of the prestigious International House World Organisation and offers a structured learning environment with experienced ESL instructors.  International House - Vancouver is conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver and within walking distance from Kitsilano beach and Granville Island.  Classes are small, which provides a more intensive learning atmosphere for students who have the ambition to learn quickly.

For students requiring accommodation,International House - Vancouver offers homestay with Canadian families, an off-campus dormitory, or a student house. All include three meals per day, access to laundry facilities, and all are located reasonably close to the school.

IH Vancouver is registered and bonded with the Private Post Secondary Education Commission of British Columbia and is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Private Language Schools (CAPLS).

LOCATION

International House Vancouver (ILLC) is conveniently located in the heart of Kitsilano, only 10 minutes from Downtown Vancouver! Within walking distance are Kitsilano Beach, Granville Island, shops, restaurants, and the express bus stop at Granville and Broadway.

TEACHERS

All of our instructors possess a minimum of a TESOL certificate and average 8 years of ESL teaching experience! Our teachers are friendly, knowledgeable, and know how to make learning enjoyable.


LEVELS

With 10 levels of classes, anyone from beginner to advanced ability can find a class that is right for them! In addition to our regular curriculum, students can choose from a wide variety of certificate preparation courses such as TOEFL, TOEIC, FCE, CAE, CPE, Business English, Advanced Listening & Speaking and English for Academic Purposes.

 

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C-55 Semi-Intensive (am/pm): The Semi-Intensive Program is a part-time program consisting of 2.75 hours of study per day (13.75 hours per week). Students may take classes either in the morning from 9:00-11:45 (C-55 am) or in the afternoon from 12:30-15:15 (C-55 pm).

C-80 Semi-Intensive Plus: The Semi-Intensive Plus Program is a part-time program consisting of 4 hours of study per day (20 hours per week). This program is available in the afternoon only from 12:35-16:45.

C-110 Intensive: The Intensive Program is a full-time program consisting of 5.5 hours of study per day (27.5 hours per week). This program runs from 9:00-15:15.

C-140 Intensive-Plus: The Intensive Plus Program is a full-time program consisting of 7 hours of study per day (35 hours per week). This program runs from 9:00-16:45.

WHICH CLASSES CAN YOU TAKE?

IH Vancouver's regular curriculum consists of courses in the 4 major language areas; Grammar, Reading and Vocabulary, Listening and Pronunciation, and Conversation. Each of these classes utilizes a wide variety of textbooks, audio, and visual materials. Each of IH Vancouver's regular classes are 1.25 hours long.

In addition to our regular curriculum, students can choose courses from a variety of Test Preparation or Specialized Courses. Every month we offer TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge (FCE, CAE, CPE), Advanced Listening and Speaking, English for Academic Purposes and Business English. Each of IH Vancouver's Test Preparation or Specialized Courses are 2.5 hours long.

 

TEST PREPARATION COURSES:

All test-preparation courses are 2 1/2 hours in length and may be taken alone in the Intensive or Semi-Intensive Programs, or in combination with other courses in the Immersion or Immersion-Plus Programs.

TOEFL Preparation:
Test of English as a Foreign Language 1 - 6 month courses designed to develop proficiency in Grammar, Vocabulary, Listening, Writing, and Computer Based Testing. All students are guaranteed 2 full-length practice tests per month.

TOEIC Preparation :
Test of English for International Communication 1 - 6 month course, similar to TOEFL but with an emphasis on practical, business related English. All students are guaranteed 2 full-length practice tests per month. Official TOEIC examinations may also be taken at IH Vancouver.

Cambridge Preparation :
FCE, CAE, & CPE This comprehensive program consists of 3 levels ranging from Intermediate to Advanced. All areas of English are covered and students are guaranteed 2 full-length practice tests per month. Official Cambridge examinations may also be taken at IH Vancouver.

SPECIALTY COURSES

All specialty courses are 2 1/2 hours in length and may be taken alone in the Intensive or Semi-Intensive Programs, or in combination with other classes in the Immersion or Immersion-Plus Programs.

Business English I & II :

Intermediate & Advanced Introduction of business-related articles, vocabulary, writing, and role-plays set in the work place. Students will gain confidence and understanding of work-place situations. A variety of audio-visual materials as well as computers are also used.

Advanced Listening & Speaking :
This advanced course is designed to help students improve their comprehension skills and allow them to speak freely and debate a wide range of topics. This course draws heavily on audio-video resources.

English for Academic Purposes :
This highly advanced course is designed for students wishing to continue their studies at a Canadian University or College. Areas of concentration include academic writing, oral presentations, and debate/discussion skills.


TESL Course for ESL Students
This is a course for advanced ESL students who would like to learn how to be a great English teacher. Each weekly module covers topics such as teaching basics, class management, lesson planning, and teaching techniques for different subjects.

 

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ACCOMMODATION

Homestay
International House Vancouver has an experienced and caring full time Housing Director who places students in safe, comfortable homes in pleasant neighborhoods. The approximate bus time is 20 - 40 minutes to and from school. Housing Director is available 24 hours a day to answer questions and discuss concerns.
All host families are carefully screened and matched with students. Students can request families with or without children or can choose to live with a single person. The Homestay Program provides students with the opportunity to live in a Canadian family environment, practice English with the family members and to share in their day-to-day life. All homestay families and students have the 24 hour emergency phone number of the Housing Director and foreign language translators. This is an excellent way to get insight into Canadian culture and to practice language skills taught at the school.

Canadian Hosts provide:
     • comfortable, private bedroom
     • breakfast, bag lunch, and dinner (breakfast and lunch are prepared by the student)
     • shared washroom, laundry facilities, telephone, TV, etc  
     • a warm and friendly atmosphere in which to practice English and experience Canadian culture.

 

DORMITORY
For students looking for an alternative to homestay, International House Vancouver offers an international atmosphere in the IH Vancouver Dormitory which is located approximately 15 by transit from the school.

The dormitory program includes:
     • comfortable, private bedroom
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shared washroom, laundry facilities, telephone, TV / VCR, CD player, etc.     
     • Dial-up Internet access is available in each room at an extra cost.

Students share an apartment - like setting with other students from IH Vancouver.

 

STUDENT HOUSE
(Minimum 1 month stay)
IH Vancouver offers a unique living experience in our Student House. A large seven-bedroom house is located approximately 15 minutes by transit from the school.

The house is staffed by a caretaker and includes:

     • comfortable, private bedroom
          • shared washroom, laundry facilities, telephone, TV / VCR, CD player, etc.
     • free high-speed internet-access with plug-in for laptop.

All residents share in the safe, friendly environment in this unique housing opportunity. Each day, students take part in the cleaning and maintenance of the main area of the house. On weekends, students also have a certain chore to complete.

TRANSPORT ON ARRIVAL

All students who choose airport transfer, will be met by an IH Vancouver Representative at the airport and transferred to their housing.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

illc3.jpg (5830 bytes)Activities are a great way to learn about Canadian culture, make new friends and practice English! IH Vancouver offers students the opportunity to experience a number of different activities each month.

 

IH Vancouver organizes a wide variety of seasonal activities such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, beach volleyball, BBQ's, kayaking, canoeing, golfing, rollerblading and many more outdoor and indoor events. Throughout the year students can enjoy professional NHL hockey games and Lacrosse games. Several times during the year, IH Vancouver students have the opportunity to experience weekend activities such as camping, river rafting, trips to the Rocky Mountains and more!

 

 

IH Vancouver offers many different clubs for students to participate in after classes. Join the soccer club, basketball club, or softball club and compete against other ESL schools! The ski and snowboard club is a great way to experience Vancouver's local ski hills! Join the movie club and watch and discuss the latest films.

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