Intensive 7-week ESL Program
VIU’s 7-week Intensive ESL Program for English language learners offers instruction at seven levels of proficiency: low beginner, beginner, elementary, low intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate, and advanced. Each level can be completed in one term of full-time study. The overall length of the program depends on the student’s initial placement and how quickly the student progresses from one level to the next.
Each level includes 140 academic hours of classroom instruction per level, per term. Each term is seven weeks long, and full-time students receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week. In addition to the regular ESL classes, students placed in the high intermediate and advanced level or higher are given an option of selecting intensive TOEFL courses, the focus of which is TOEFL iBT preparation.