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7-Week Intensive ESL

VIU’s 7-week ESL program for second language English 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 advanced level or higher are given an option of selecting intensive TOEFL courses, the focus of which is TOEFL iBT preparation.

Please click here to view the current intensive ESL program schedule.

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Level Courses
 Low Beginner (200) 2 core courses:
Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation
Reading, Writing & Grammar
Levels 0200 – 0500 are Foundation Level Courses
 Beginner (300)
 Elementary (400)
 Low Intermediate (500)
Level University Preparation Courses
Intermediate (600) Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation
Reading, Writing & Grammar
High Intermediate (700) Speaking, Listening & Pronunciation
Reading, Writing & Grammar
Advanced (800) 1 required course for all students:
Academic Writing & Research Skills
1 – 2 elective courses (must total 10 hours per week for full-time students):
Public Speaking & Presentation Skills
Accent Reduction
Critical Thinking: News Around the World
Grammar Workshop & Editing
English for Business Professionals
IELTS Preparation
TOEFL Preparation
(Not every class will be offered every term)
  • General Expectations: Full-time ESL students attend 20 or more hours of class each week. The ESL tuition includes the cost for textbooks, which will be given to students upon receipt of tuition payment. All VIU students are expected to participate in class discussions and activities and to come to class prepared. Students are bound by VIU’s Academic Integrity and Code of Excellence and are responsible for the integrity and originality of their work. We are a diverse community, with as many as 60 nations represented in the student body. We value sharing those experiences in cooperative learning environments. VIU is an inclusive campus environment, and as such we expect students to be respectful of all students’ ethnic, religious, and language backgrounds.


  • Attendance: ESL students in VIU’s Intensive English Program are expected to attend their scheduled classes and to arrive to class on time. All students are expected to adhere to the attendance requirements as dictated in VIU’s attendance policy. ESL students in VIU’s intensive English Program must maintain 90% attendance each term. Students who miss more than 90% will receive an attendance warning from the Registrar. Low attendance can have a negative impact on a student’s performance and may result in a failing grade. Failing more than one course per semester means that the student may have to repeat the whole level.To maintain satisfactory attendance at or above 90%, students cannot miss more than three (3) classes (excused and/or unexcused) that meet 70 hours per term or two (2) classes that meet 35 hours per term.


  • F-1 Student Attendance: F1 students are required by Federal regulation to maintain attendance each term/semester. VIU maintains meticulous attendance records and will cancel students’ I-20s if they cannot maintain their visa status. Furthermore, low attendance will have a negative effect on a student’s grades and may result in a failing grade. Failure to maintain satisfactory attendance may result in loss of status. F-1 students who are having difficulty maintaining attendance are urged to meet with their advisor/the director of the SLS, and the PDSO of International Student as soon as possible to avoid loss of visa status.


  • Program Advancement and Completion: ESL courses are non-credit-bearing courses. All ESL courses are graded on a pass/fail basis. An average score of 75% is required to pass an ESL class. Full-time students who pass all their ESL core courses (Levels 0200-0700) receive a certificate of level completion and advance to the next level. Students who successfully pass all courses at the 800 level will receive certification of completion of the ESL program.


Please click here to view the current intensive ESL program schedule.

Our Programs

VIU offers the following English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

7 Weeks ESL Program

7-Weeks 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.


Non intensive Program

Non-intensive Program

Our adult ESL programs make language learning fun, flexible, and affordable! We offer on-campus courses such as Business English, ESL for Better English, Grammar & Conversation, and Public Speaking with Confidence!



The School of Language Studies at VIU welcomes you to join our ESL community and looks forward to helping you reach your higher education or professional goals.