VanWest College prepares and guides students to meet their goals from start to finish. The College offers various English courses to meet the needs and the demands of each student, aided through individual attention and personalized education plans.

The ESL Program is based on recent trends in second language acquisition that reflect the needs of the VanWest student population. Curriculum review and development considers student feedback, course evaluations, student success rates and internal stakeholder feedback, and is ongoing. VanWest offers four different lesson streams based on students’ learning goals.

2016 Time Table

   One-to-One Lessons can be added to any course.

17 hours
Core English
22 hours
Intensive English
27 hours
Optimum English
1 - 2 8:30 - 10:05 GENERAL ENGLISH
3 - 4 10:15 - 11:50
LUNCH 11:50 ~ 12:50 LUNCH
5 12:50 ~ 13:45 *ELECTIVE
6 13:50 ~ 14:45 ELECTIVE 2
7 14:50 ~ 15:45ONE-TO-ONE (Mon-Thu, Option)
8 15:50 ~ 16:45 ONE-TO-ONE (Mon-Thu, Option)

* Intensive English students can choose one of electives from Period 5 or Period 6.

  • Maximum class size 15
  • Course Options

    Core English  20 Lessons(17 hours) per week

    The Core English option will improve the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing plus grammar and vocabulary-building. This course is taught using communicative interaction so students will practice and improve their communication skills throughout their time in class.

    Intensive English 25 Lessons(22 hours) per week

    The Intensive English option includes Core English lessons plus one additional elective lesson each day. Studens can choose from a wide selection of electives designed to further support core language skill development.

    Optimum English 30 lessons(27hours) per week

    The Optimum English option includes Core English lessons plus two additional elective lessons each day. Students can choose from a wide selection of electives designed to further support core language skill development.


    One-to-One lessons focus on the learner's individual needs and accelerate language learning. Students benefit from personalized attention, guidance, and feedback from our experienced teachers.

    Streams of Entry


    Level 8

    Level 7

    Level 6

    Level 5

    Level 4

    Level 3

    Level 2

    Level 1


    English for
    academic purposes

    EAP 400
    Level 9

    EAP 300
    level 7-8

    EAP 200
    level 5-6

    EAP 100
    level 3-4

    level 2

    level 1


    English for
    Business and Workplace

    level 7-8

    BULATS Intermediate
    level 5-6

    level 4

    level 3

    level 2

    level 1


    English for
    Exam Praparation

    IELTS Advanced
    level 6-8

    ielts intermediate
    level 4-5

    level 3

    level 2

    level 1


    Level Descriptions & Equivalency Chart

    8 Advanced Students can easily understand nearly everything heard or read. They can summarise information from different spoken and written sources. They can express themselves very fluently and precisely, distinguishing between finer shades of meaning in complex situations. 71-795.5-6.0
    7 Pre-Advanced Students can understand longer texts with detailed meaning. They can express themselves fluently without much searching for expressions. They can use language socially, academically and professionally. They can produce clear, well-structured, text on complex subjects. 51-705.0-5.5
    6 High Intermediate Students can understand mid-length texts and recognise most meaning. They can express themselves fluently with some searching for expressions. They can interact with native speakers without much effort. They can produce clear text on unfamiliar subjects and explain a viewpoint. 41-504.5-5.0
    5 Intermediate 2 Students can understand the main ideas of text on both concrete and abstract topics. They can interact with a degree of fluency that makes discussion with native speakers possible without effort. They can produce clear text on familiar subjects and explain a viewpoint on an issue. 36-404.0-4.5
    4 Intermediate 1 Students can understand the main points of text on familiar matters encountered in work, school, or leisure. They can deal with most situations while travelling in an English-speaking area. They can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. 33-353.5-4.0
    3 Pre-Intermediate Students can understand sentences and common expressions related to areas relevant to them. They can communicate about simple tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar topics. They can describe aspects of their background, environment and immediate need. 32-333.0-3.5
    2 High Beginner Students can understand and use sentences and phrases for their basic needs. They can communicate personal information and have limited exchanges of information on familiar matters. They can provide basic, personal information with help from the other speakers. - 31- 3.0
    1 Beginner Students can understand and use everyday expressions and very simple phrases for basic needs. They can introduce themselves and can ask and answer questions about personal details. They can interact in a simple way if the other person talks slowly and clearly or assists.
    0 Introduction to English Students cannot speak or understand English, or understand only isolated words or phrases and cannot maintain an conversation. They have little to no English reading or writing skills.