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COURSES Overview ESL 14 Instructional Methodology 18 Courses (ESL - 100, 200, 300, 400) 20 Student Responsibilities Cell phones / Photocopying

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Visa Information Liability & Insurance Personal Safety & Security

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Educate. Achieve. Smile.

CONCERNS OR SUGGESTIONS Oxford College offers students the opportunity to voice their concerns or suggestions at any given time. Students may bring an issue forward by contacting the ESL Program Director at info@oxfordedu.ca.

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Welcome to the ESL Department at Oxford College of Arts, Business and Technology.

Oxford College is committed to providing a memorable and rewarding experience to all students who seek to advance their English language skills. Prior to beginning their academic journey, all students are requested to read the Student Handbook, as provided by the ESL Department. The Student Handbook is a comprehensive resource for learning about the various services provided by Oxford College, and about the local amenities surrounding the campus. Furthermore, all of the ESL Department’s policies and procedures are described, so that students are clear about the college’s expectations. Most importantly, by reading the Student Handbook, students will become familiar with their rights and responsibilities.

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It is important to note that Oxford College promotes equal opportunities for all prospective and current students and employees. Oxford College does not, and will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, colour, religion, language, nationality, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. As members of the academic community, students are expected to contribute in a positive manner that helps to maintain Oxford College’s standards of integrity and inclusion. Students are asked to contact the ESL Program Director at info@oxfordedu.ca about any questions or concerns regarding the information presented. Oxford College ESL | 5 ‌ Student Handbook

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GETTING INVOLVED Getting involved in oneĘźs education is necessary for both academic and overall success.

Students are more likely to gain a successful learning experience when they devote their

time and energy to academic studies, involvement in student committees, and general social interaction and participation.

Oxford College asks all students to keep in mind that learning begins in the classroom, but

certainly extends to life outside the classroom as well. For example, students can improve their listening and speaking skills by volunteering in various communities, or by meeting up with

other students in public areas for chats and discussions. Students can improve their reading

skills by visiting the numerous public libraries surrounding the campus, and can improve their writing skills by attending the free workshops provided.

Oxford College strongly encourages students to visit the local attractions in the Greater

Toronto Area (GTA), which will help students gain a better understanding and appreciation

of the Canadian culture and heritage. Such attractions may include trips to farmerĘźs markets, parks, shopping stores, or recreational facilities.

To summarize, Oxford College advises students to get involved by taking responsibility in

their learning and involvement, thereby contributing to a community that not only comes together, but also supports the distinct aspirations of every individual member.

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Active involvement leads to a better educational experience

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Campus Location Oxford College is dedicated to meeting the ever-changing needs of our students along with a strong knowledge of hiring trends set by the marketplace. To offer the best quality educational experience, Oxford College provides state of art equipment, technology and teaching skills. The Oxford College campuses are some of the most distinguished diploma schools in Canada. At our campuses, students will begin advancing their careers with our academic programs in healthcare, social sciences, business, and technology. Most of the diploma programs may be completed within one year, and each of our diploma programs have been approved by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. So stop in and see us today at one of our Oxford College campuses and get the hands-on training, practical experience, and career placement assistance you need to better your career.

Oxford College has campuses in Scarborough | Toronto | Mississauga | Peterborough | Burlington

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As part of the orientation procedure, students will be issued an Identification (ID) Card. Students are encouraged to wear their Oxford College ID cards at all times while on campus. These ID cards are compulsory when attending any written or practical tests or examinations; students will NOT be permitted to write any exams, tests or quizzes without their student identification. No other form of I.D will be accepted. If the ID card has been lost or stolen, students are asked to visit the Student Services Department during regular hours. Replacement cards are made available at the reception desk, with a replacement fee of $15. Oxford College is not responsible for any lost identification while on premises.

CHANGE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION Students are responsible to inform the ESL Program Director of any changes in address, telephone number, or other contact information. Such information is critical for maintaining accurate records and/or emergency purposes. Oxford College will not divulge, share, or sell any personal information to other parties under any circumstances.

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Overview - ESL Courses Oxford College currently offers six levels of ESL courses, ranging from Beginner to Advanced. Each level is eight weeks in length, and consists of 25 hours of classroom instruction per week. All classes are integrative in nature, and place equal focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students also have the opportunity to learn and practice various grammatical concepts throughout the duration of the course. The curriculum for all six levels is based on the standards of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). The four ESL courses are outlined as follows: • ESL 100: Level I Beginner

• ESL 200: Level II Pre-Intermediate • ESL 300: Level III Intermediate • EAP 400: Level IV Advanced

In each course, students will be expected to complete a series of formative and summative evaluations. The final grade consists of the following components: • Attendance and Participation 10% • Quizzes 15%

• Assignments 15%

• Presentations 15%

• Midterm Exam 15% • Final Exam 30%

To progress to the next level, students must achieve a minimum grade of 70%. If students fail to achieve the required mark, they will remain in the same level for further development. As a part of their academic experience, students will also participate in various extra-curricular activities, in order to gain a better understanding of the Canadian culture, history, and heritage.

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Oxford College has campuses in Scarborough | Toronto | Mississauga | Peterborough | Burlington

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Instructional Methodology Students who choose to enroll in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program or English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at Oxford College of Arts, Business and Technology seek to learn English language skills in order to communicate in social and professional settings, gain independence in the handling of day-to-day matters, and become contributing members of the Canadian society. Some students also choose to enroll in the ESL program as a preparatory bridging program towards the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, which prepares students for post-secondary academic careers in Canada. In order to help students attain the goals noted above, Oxford College has established the ESL Program on the basis of the Natural Approach philosophy. Through the Natural Approach methodology, students learn through exposure to samples of the target language that are at or just above the student’s current level of acquisition. Students best absorb and process knowledge when they are in an environment where they are relaxed and their anxiety level is low. A higher calibre of learning takes place when students are engaged in communication that is meaningful to them, because more the content and structure of the communication enters long-term memory. Communication is meaningful when it touches on the students’ real lives and centers on topics chosen by and of interest to the students. Oxford College espouses the idea that language should not be taught in the discrete chunks of reading, writing, speaking and listening, but as a whole. When students use the skills of listening, speaking, and reading and writing naturally in the process of solving problems and completing tasks, they will develop these skills better than if the skills are isolated. Students need to practice in a variety of ways that native speakers use the language to develop their proficiency. The ESL Department promotes the following approaches and principles: 1. Collaborative activities and cooperative learning 2. Versatility and flexibility

3. Enhancement and support of the mainstream curriculum 4. Opportunities for all students to feel successful

5. Accommodation of the needs of students at different levels of ability, and 6. Integration of language skills, thinking skills, and content knowledge

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ESL 100: Level I Beginner

Duration: 12 Weeks

Course Duration: 300 hours Pre-requisites: None Equivalencies: CLB 1, 2, 3; KET; CEFR A1, A2

In this course, students are introduced to the foundations of the English language. Common themes relating to everyday social situations will be explored. Students will practice asking and answering a variety of questions, in order to enhance pronunciation. Students will practice writing paragraphs and letters, which detail life and work skills, daily activities, and descriptions of events. Students will also learn a series of life skills, such as understanding supermarket ads, receipts, job applications, medicine labels, or schedules. Grammatical concepts such as pronouns, basic verb tenses, adjectives, modals, adverbs of frequency, time phrases, and comparative and superlative adjectives will be studied.

Duration: 12 Weeks

ESL 200: Level II Pre-Intermediate

Course Duration: 300 hours Pre-requisites: CLB 3; KET; CEFR A1,A2 Equivalencies: CLB 4,5; FCE-C; CEFR B1

In this course, students will build upon the foundation established at the beginner`s level, while further developing and enhancing their working knowledge of critical communication. Students will explore themes such as expectations, responsibilities, personal management, personal experiences, and community involvement. Complex grammatical concepts include verb tense reviews, passive forms, noun clause, modals, and conditionals. Students will focus on skimming and scanning techniques, following sequence markers, and using a range of cohesive devices to improve reading comprehension skills. Students will focus on the use of credible resources when writing comparative and cause and effect paragraphs. Students will also learn a series of life skills, including writing resumes and cover letters, and interpreting various charts and graphs. The emphasis of this course is to building mental fluency of the English language, and to exercise the connection of learned ideas to other concepts and contexts. Duration: 12 Weeks

ESL 300: Level III Intermediate

Course Duration: 300 hours Pre-requisites: CLB 5; FCE-C; CEFR B1 Equivalencies: CLB 6,7; CAE-C; CEFR B2

In this course, students will work to refine control of complex grammar, vocabulary, and language skills that serve to solidify and strengthen English fluency. Students will engage in formal communication that is applicable to academic or professional settings or situations. Students will create, lead and engage in a wide range of communicative activities for a variety of audiences and settings. Students will learn how to identify the main ideas, factual details and implied meanings from a variety of formal and informal listening materials. Students will identify the purpose, relationship, mood and context in a variety of literary resources. Students will write a variety of academic reports, using proper grammar, format, and structure. Students will develop their critical thinking skills by learning to evaluate and contrast information that is presented, in order to develop a personal position in regards to a variety of issues. Independent studies will be a key method of assessment throughout this course. Duration: 12 Weeks

EAP 400: Level IV Advanced

Course Duration: 300 hours Pre-requisite: EAP 800 or equivalent Equivalencies: CLB 9; CEFR C1;

Students who choose to enroll in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course have the clearly defined goal of effective English function and communication within post-secondary academic settings. As such, the EAP courses offered at Oxford College place an emphasis on skills development and subject knowledge, in comparison to the content-based themes offered in general English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. The primary instructional strategies employed are taskedbased learning and collaborative learning activities, which promote language acquisition skills, study skills, and critical thinking skills. Instructors also take advantage of the wealth of personal and professional experience that adult students bring to the classroom, and offer tasks which draw from this knowledge and experience develop academic proficiency and independence. In this course, students will enhance their reading skills by recognizing the explicit and implicit themes, purposes and arguments of complex academic texts. Students will hone their speaking skills, so that they are able to fluently discuss their views and positions in social, academic and professional purposes. An emphasis is placed on the production of wellstructured, comprehensive written texts which demonstrate proficiency in the use of organizational patterns and consistent literary devices. Students will gain effective tools and skills for success in Standard English proficiency tests, such as the TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS.

ESL 100: Level I Beginner COURSE OUTLINE

ESL 100 Course Outline CLB 1, 2, 3


Grammar Focus

Topics1 Days



Subject Pronouns

Months Numbers Basic Greetings Greetings and Introductions


All About Me

Verb ‘to be’

Basic personal information Filling out forms Nationalities







School and Academics


Duties and Responsibilities

Family Members


Homes and Locations

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Classroom objects

Nouns (s./pl.)

Useful expressions

Present Simple

Routine at home

Conjunctions: and/ or/but

Routine for school Family routines

Present Progressive

Chores vs. errands


Immediate family


Extended family


MPOs L1.1 S2.5 R3.1; R3.3 W4.2 G2.i L1.1 S2.1; S2.4 R3.2 W4.3 G3.iii - viii L1.5 S2.2 R3.1 W4.4 G.1.i, ii G3.i, vi L1.2 S2.8 R3.8 W4.6 G5.i, iii, iv, vi L1.2 S2.14 R3.8 W4.6 G6.i – viii L1.4 S2.4 R3.9


“am / feel” Formal vs. informal expressions

W4.8 G2.ii; G3.ix G4.viii; G5.v; G9.v

Prepositions of Place

Types of homes and rooms Street addresses Renting / ads Furniture Provinces & Territories

L1.10 S2.14 R3.9 W4.9 G15.iv












Past Experiences


Time and Weather

Future Plans

Food and Restaurants

Sickness and Health


The Environment

Describing People/Objects

Hobbies and Recreation

Childhood Memories

L1.14 S2.7; 2.13 R3.4 W4.3 G3.x

Canadian currency Reading receipts Basic bank procedures

L1.9; 1.12 S2.6; 2.15 R3.10 W4.4 G11.i - vii

Seasons Weather Time expressions Transportation Bus schedules

L1.7 S2.5 R3.7 W4.12 G9.i, ii, iii, iv, vi

Ambitions Careers Moving Getting married Having kids

L1.12 S2.8 R3.16 W4.7 G13.i – vi

Food groups Containers Quantities Recipes

L1.2 S2.3; 2.10 R3.5 W4.6 G7.i – ix G8.i – viii G10.i – iv; viii

Modals of Necessity

Body parts Medicine Sickness Doctors

L1.6; 1.8 S2.3; 2.9 R3.13 W4.12 G10.v, vi, vii

Adverbs of Frequency

Happy occasions Cultural events Canadian holidays Gifts and cards

L1.14 S2.5 R3.11; 3.12 W4.1; 4.5 G5.ii

Comparative vs. Superlative

Landscapes Nature Recycling

L1.11 S2.12 R3.15 W4.10 G14.i, ii

Descriptive Adjectives

Physical features Personalities Shopping departments Brands and advertisements

L1.11 S2.15 R3.9 W4.13 G15.i - iv

Canadian Tourism Sites Hobbies and Past-times

L1.13 S2.11 R3.14 W4.11 G5.vi

Simple Past

Direct Object Pronouns Indirect Object Pronouns

Past Progressive

Future: Going to Future: Will

Modals of Ability Count vs. No count

Gerunds and I nfinitives

Unit topics adapted from: McCarthy, M., & McCarten, J. (2014). Touchstone 1; Touchstone 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Measurable Performance Objectives; see ESL 100 Curriculum, 2015 - 2016


ESL 200: Level II Pre-Intermediate COURSE OUTLINE

ESL 200 Course Outline CLB 4, 5

Unit Greetings 1




Describing Others

Past and Future Experiences

Wonders of the World

Conflict Resolution




Social Media and Technology

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Grammar Focus  Review: The Present  Adverbs vs. Adjectives

 The Past  The Future

 The Present and Past Perfect

 Pronouns  Conjunctions and Noun Clause

 Nouns, Articles and Quantifiers

 Questions  Phrasal Verbs

Topics1  Behaviours  Personalities  Qualities and vices  Describing admiration or disapproval  Famous historical figures

MPOs2  L1.1  S2.1  R3.1  W4.1; 4.18; 4.20  G.1

 Secret dreams  Future ambitions  Special feats

 L1.17; 1.19  S2.2  R3.14; 3.17W4.12  G.2; G.3

 Natural wonders of the world  Human wonders (buildings and structures)  World records  Great wonders of residential country

 L1.3; 1.9  S2.13  R3.11; 3.26; 3.30  W4.1; 4.2  G.10

 Family conflicts (immediate and extended members and relatives)  Workplace conflicts  Conflicts between friends  Offering solutions and advice

 L1.2; 1.14  S2.4; 2.10 R3.3; 3.6; 3.16; 3.19  W4.3; 4.4  G.5; G.12

 Description of eating habits  Healthy vs. unhealthy foods  Cooking and preparing foods in healthy vs. unhealthy ways  Containers and quantities  Food and snack habits around the world

 L1.4; 1.15  S2.7; 2.15  R3.4; 3.5  W4.5; 4.16  G.4

 Gadgets and technology  Problems with technology  Electronic machines  Social Media and the Internet  Identity theft

 L1.5  S2.6; 2.11  R3.10; 3.12  W4.7; 4.8  G.7



 The Present Perfect  The Past Perfect

 The Passive Voice 8

Current Events

 The Simple Past Passive with by + agent  Adverbs with the Passive




Law and Crime

Money and Banking

Feelings and Reactions

 Modal Auxiliaries and related forms I

 Gerunds and Infinitives

 Describing one’s social life  Movies, books, music categories  Providing reviews: recommendations and disparagements

 L1.8; 1.18  S2.8; 2.14  R3.9; 3.23; 3.24  W4.13  G.6

 Events in the news  News categories  Media bias and/or propaganda  Surveys and statistics  Photojournalism

 L1.10  S2.5  R3.6; 3.15; R3.29  W4.5; 4.6  G.11

 Crime rates and safety  Types of crimes  Justice and punishments  Intellectual property

 L1.16  S2.16  R3.20; 3.27  W4.11; 4.18; 4.19  G.8

 Transaction vocabulary  Financial situations  Bank services  World Bank  Common currencies

 L1.6; 1.7  S2.3; 2.9  R3.2; 3.7; 3.8; 3.22  W4.9; 4.14  G.9

 Modals Auxiliaries  Speculation vs. facts and related forms  Speculating about people and situations II  Talking about feelings and  Adjective and reactions Adverb Clauses  Sympathy and empathy  More complex feelings and reactions

 L1.12; 1.13  S2.12  R3.20  W4.12; 4.13  G.8; G.13

 Extreme weather conditions 12

Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters

 Reported Speech

 Natural Disasters

 Conditional Clauses

 Charities and charitable contributions  Disaster relief

 L1.11  S2.17  R3.13; 3.18; 3.21; 3.28  W4.15; 4.17  G.14


Unit topics adapted from: McCarthy, M., & McCarten, J. (2014). Touchstone 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Measurable Performance Objectives; see ESL 200 Curriculum, 2015 - 2016


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ESL 300 Course Outline CLB 6, 7






Topics1  Personal interests  Background information Backgrounds  Present, past, future  Personal anecdotes and and Interests tenses review narratives  Stories of challenges and perseverance

The Apparel Industry

Cultures around the World

Out and About

Grammar Focus

 Nouns, articles and quantifiers  Comparatives and superlatives

 The passive voice  Simple present passive

 Gerunds and infinitives I  Be supposed to


Rules and Regulations

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MPOs2  L1.1; 1.2  S2.1  R3.1  W4.1  G.1; G.2; G.3

 Fashion around the world  Textiles and patterns  Describing tastes and preferences  Conformity vs. individuality  Traditionalism vs. modernity

 L1.12  S2.6  R3.4  W4.2  G.4; G.10

 Discussion of personal culture  Different cultures around the world  Appropriate etiquette  Immigration and multiculturalism  Cultural proverbs

 L1.9  S2.2; 2.5  R3.5  W4.3; 4.4  G.5

 Making plans and arrangements  Introverts and extroverts  Social styles  Cultural socialization  Making ‘small talk’

 L1.3; 1.4  S2.3; 2.4  R3.6  W4.5  G.9

 Rules and regulations  Crime and punishment  Different points of view  Security system craze  Lawmakers and the Court of Justice

 L1.10  S2.6; 2.12  R3.3; 3.7; 3.16  W4.6  G.9



Fate and Destiny

Chores, Tasks and Errands

 Conjunctions and noun clauses  So and neither  Adjective and adverb clauses  Causative get and have  Modal auxiliaries and related forms


Emotions and Behaviours

 Would have, should have, could have  Modals of speculation: Must have, may have, might have, could have


Wealth and Possessions

 Reported speech and conditional clauses

 The present and past perfect 10

Fame and Recognition

 If clauses with the past perfect  Tag questions  The passive of the present continuous and present perfect




Urban Trends and  Linking ideas to Development express a contrast, reason, purpose or alternative  Questions and phrasal verbs Professional Development  What clauses and long noun phrases as subjects

 It’s a small world: irony and coincidences  Belief systems around the world  Separated at birth…  Familial history narratives

 L1.17  S2.6; 2.8  R3.17  W4.7  G.12

 Errands and responsibilities  Do-it-yourself vs. paid services  Common items that need to be fixed  Developing problem-solving skills  Damaged goods

 L1.6; 1.7; 1.11  S2.5  R3.2  W4.9  G.13

 Impulse vs. thought-out reactions and behaviours  Trying or difficult situations  Positive and negative personal qualities  Expressing regret and apologies  Examining statistics and reports about human behaviours

 L1.5; 1.8; 1.12  S2.9  R3.11; 3.14  W4.8  G.8

 Materialism vs. detachment  Money management  Expressions to describe ownership and possessions  Needs vs. wants  Anecdotes of giving back

 L1.15  S2.14  R3.15  W4.11  G.14

 Success is…  Challenges faced while becoming successful  Celebrities and famous people  Losing fame

 L1.14  S2.7  R3.12  W4.13  G.6

 Social and urban change  Environmental problems  The benefits/detriments of technology  Improvements in global quality of life  The global village

 L1.16  S2.8; 2.13  R3.8; 3.10  W4.10  G.11

 Hopes and expectations for the future  Advanced career terminology  Job searches and documents  Interview Skills

 L1.13  S2.10;2.11  R3.9;3.13  W4.12  G.7

Unit topics adapted from: McCarthy, M., & McCarten, J. (2014). Touchstone 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Measurable Performance Objectives; see ESL 300 Curriculum, 2015 - 2016


English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Courses The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program at Oxford College provides students with the opportunity to prepare and improve their academic English skills, in order to succeed in their post-secondary academic careers. The program consists of a succession of four levels. Each level is seven weeks in length and consist of 25 hours of in-class instruction and activities. Each course is integrative in nature, and covers academic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, in addition to extensive grammar and vocabulary practice and review. Upon completion of the fourth course in the series, students are deemed eligible to attend Oxford College of Arts, Business and Technology diploma and/or post-graduate programs without further need for evidence of language proficiency. It is important to note that the EAP courses are meant for students who are at an intermediate level in English competency; as such, the courses are not suitable for beginner ESL students. All students must show proof of language proficiency, or take part in a placement exam to determine suitability for enrollment. Students will be given a series of formative and summative assessments in order to evaluate academic progress. Students must obtain a mark of 70% or higher, and have an attendance rate of 90% or higher, in order to advance to the next level. Students will be presented with a final report and certificate of completion after successfully passing each course. The final grade consist of the following components: • Attendance and Participation

• Written Assignments

• Tests

• Presentations

• Midterm Exam

• Final Exam







As a part of their academic experience, students will also participate in various extra-curricular activities, in order to gain a better understanding of the Canadian culture, history, and heritage. Students will also take part in extra-curricular activities that can help shape their decision regarding their future academic path.

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EAP 400: Level IV Advanced COURSE OUTLINE

EAP 400 Course Outline CLB 8, 9




Social Networking

Media Influences

Grammar Focus

 Present tense tend and will to talk about habits

 Defining and non-defining relative clauses  That clauses




Life Lessons and Experiences

Career Development

World Issues

 Past tense vs. present perfect  Simple past vs past perfect and past continuous

 Countable and noncountable nouns  Definite and indefinite articles

 Conditional  Wish and hope



 Social networking habits  Positive/negative personality traits  Reasons for ending friendships  Online background checks  Formal vs. informal language and vocabulary

 1.3  2.1  3.1  4.1  5.1  6.2  8.3  G.1

 Impact and influence of the media  Impact of video games on youth  Violence in the media  Bias and partiality in the media

 1.1  2.6  3.2  4.3  5.4  6.1  7.2; 8.2  G.1

 Life lessons based on experiences  School-related experiences  Narrative articles about positive or negative experiences  Complex time expressions

 1.5  2.2  3.3  4.6  5.2  6.3  7.5  8.1  G.4

 Finding and changing jobs  Perks & benefits offered by employers  Answering ore difficult interview questions  Personal statements and cover letters  Questions to ask employers during interviews

 1.2  2.4  3.4  4.7  5.1  6.4  7.4  8.2  G.3

 World calamities and ways to help  Sharing wishes, hopes, and regrets about the world  Hypothetical events in the present, past  World solutions (e.g. eradication of poverty)  Volunteer work and charitable orgs.

 1.1  2.7  3.5  4.6  5.3  6.2  7.6  8.4  G.10

 Future with going to, will, may, might, and the present 6

 The future of money, technology, clothing, travel, entertainment, and everyday life  Nouns for people (e.g. climatologist)  Advantages and disadvantages of a cashless society  Developments and changes that could occur in the future

 1.4  2.4  3.2  6.2  G.2; G.9

Family Dynamics

 Discussion of getting along with friends  Using infinitives and family and –ing forms after  Comparison of experiences growing up in adjectives, nouns, and different types of families pronouns  Views about dealing with difficult friends  Experiences with roommates  Boomerang children phenomenon

 1.3  2.3  3.1  4.7  5.5  6.4  7.3  8.2  G.4; G.6

The Food Industry

 Use of Passive when discussing information  Cause and Effect verb complements  Weak/Strong Prepositions  Noun and Verb forms with the same root

 Farming, food and nutrition  Human processes (metabolism)  World food supply  Colony collapse disorder  Industrial food revolution

 1.2  2.5  3.6  7.3  8.3  G.5; G.7

Business Studies

 Relative Clauses beginning with pronouns or prepositions  Prepositions in Relative clauses  Negative Tag Questions

 General overview of businesses and retail  The motivation behind shopping habits and addictions  Comparison of online shopping vs. in-store shopping  Comparison of big businesses and small businesses (“You’ve got mail”)

 1.5  2.5  3.1  6.3  7.4  8.2  G.6

 Future Perfect Forms to discuss the past in the future  Use of Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases  Suffixes with –able  Stress in adding expressions  Participle clauses to link events  Stress in expressions of contrast  Idiomatic expressions with take

 1.3  2.6  3.4  The natural world.  4.5  The animal kingdom: levels of protection  5.2  Socio-Political, Economic and  6.4 Environmental impact on nature.  7.2  8.1  G.4  1.4  2.3  Life challenges: education, work, and life  6.5  Pressures of parenting  7.1  Gender differences in language.  8.2  G.8  1.5  Feats, challenges and developments in the  2.7 world of entrepreneurship and engineering  3.6  4.6  Priorities in Research and Development  5.5  6.4  The debate on the use and ethics of using  7.7  8.4 Robots  G.8

Future Affairs

 Modal verbs for expectations, guesses, offers, necessity, requests  Using phrasal verbs





Astounding Earth


Social Pressures


 Negative adverbs (never, not only) + inversion

Human Achievements  Ever in regards to unknown people or things

Unit topics adapted from: McCarthy, M.; McCarten, J.; Sandiford, H. (2014). Viewpoint 1; Viewpoint 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Measurable Performance Objectives; see ESL 400 Curriculum, 20

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Sample EAP Student Timetable Monday





9.00 -9.55am Conversation

9.00 -9.55am Conversation

9.00 -9.55am Conversation

9.00 -9.55am Conversation

9.00 -9.55am Conversation

10.00-10.55am Grammar

10.00-10.55am Grammar

10.00-10.55am Grammar

10.00-10.55am Grammar

10.00-10.55am Grammar

11.00 -12.00pm Listening

11.00 -12.00pm Listening

11.00 -12.00pm Listening

11.00 -12.00pm Writing

11.00 -12.00pm Listening

1.00-1.55pm Writing

1.00-1.55pm Reading

1.00-1.55pm Reading

1.00-1.55pm Listening

1.00-3.00pm Reading

2.00 -3.00pm Reading

2.00 -3.00pm Writing

2.00 -3.00pm Writing

2.00 -3.00pm Reading

1.00 -3.00pm Writing

Sample ESL Student Timetable Monday





9.00 -9.55am Conversation

9.00 -9.55am Conversation

9.00 -9.55am Conversation

9.00 -9.55am Conversation

9.00 -9.55am Conversation

10.00-10.55am Grammar

10.00-10.55am Grammar

10.00-10.55am Grammar

10.00-10.55am Grammar

10.00-10.55am Grammar

11.00 -12.00pm Listening

11.00 -12.00pm Listening

11.00 -12.00pm Listening

11.00 -12.00pm Writing

11.00 -12.00pm Listening

1.00-1.55pm Writing

1.00-1.55pm Reading

1.00-1.55pm Reading

1.00-1.55pm Listening

1.00-3.00pm Reading

2.00 -3.00pm Reading

2.00 -3.00pm Writing

2.00 -3.00pm Writing

2.00 -3.00pm Reading

1.00 -3.00pm Writing

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Additional Courses Oral Proficiency Sessions Oral proficiency sessions are available to students who seek to improve their communication skills. Topics discussed in these sessions relate to social, academic, and professional issues that are thought-provoking and challenging in nature. The oral proficiency sessions are small, so that sufficient opportunity is provided for all members to participate. Sessions run for an hour each day, and are offered on an on-going basis. Registration is subject to availability. Please contact the ESL Program Director for further details.

Reading and Writing Workshops Reading and writing workshops aim to equip students with essential academic skills. Topics include: the effective synthesis of ideas, organizational structure, coherence and cohesion, inference of meaning from context, and the application of proper grammar and punctuation. Workshops run for an hour each day, and are offered on an on-going basis. Registration is subject to availability. Please contact the ESL Program Director for further details.

Please note that the sessions and workshops noted above are free of charge for all Oxford College students.

Statuary Holidays

Standardized Test Preparation

Oxford College offers TOEFL and IELTS preparation courses. In these courses, students will learn effective reading skills, including skimming to find main ideas, scanning to find specific information, recognizing relationships between the ideas of a text, and differentiating between abstract and concrete ideas. Students will enhance their listening skills by learning how to distinguish major points from supporting ideas in lectures and discussions, infer a speakerʼs purpose, and identify the role that word stress and intonation play in a speakerʼs meaning. Students will be taught how to effectively answer the questions used in integrated and independent writing tasks. Students will also learn about the different types of discussion questions and prompts used in standardized tests. Throughout the duration of the IELTS and TOEFL courses, students will be given multi-skills practice tests. In the final week of the course, students will be given a practice exam. The TOEFL and IELTS courses are designed for students at a high-intermediate or advanced level, seeking entry into universities or colleges where proof of language proficiency are pre-requisites. Classes are available based on the registration of a minimum of 10 students. The duration for both courses are twelve weeks in length, consisting of 15 hours per week. Most universities and colleges in Canada require a TOEFL iBT score of 90 ‒ 100, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher; however, students should consult the individual institutions for exact requirements. Pre-requisites: CLB 5 or equivalent

HOLIDAYS Oxford College will be closed on all statutory holidays. Please refer to the school schedule for all holidays, as it is the student’s responsibility to be at school for all classes. Any revisions to the class schedule will be announced in-class, and posted on notice boards around campus, in order to keep students well-informed.

FEES Tuition fees are to be paid in full by the fifth day of the course. Should students decide to extend their stay at Oxford College, a new invoice will be issued based upon the extended study period. Students are asked to view the Statement of Fees for comprehensive details.

LEAVE OF ABSENCE As all courses are rigorous and intense in nature, Oxford College expects students to be available and committed throughout the duration of their studies. Students requesting a leave of absence from the program must submit a written letter outlining the reasons for their request. Furthermore, students must attach documentation that substantiates the request being made. A leave of absence is to be no longer than two weeks in length, and must be approved by the ESL Program Director. Final decisions will be communicated in writing. If the request is not approved, Oxford College will not consider the leave of absence to be valid.

CERTIFICATES AND LETTERS Upon successful completion of any course at Oxford College, students will receive one or more of the following documents: Certificate of Achievement – Issued to students who have successfully completed a course and have met all the necessary requirements, including passing grades and an attendance score of 80% or above. Letter of Study at Oxford College – Upon request, this letter is issued by the ESL Program Director. Students must inform the ESL Program Director at least one week in advance, and in writing. The letter indicates the number of lessons studied per week, academic results, and attendance. Letter of Recommendation - Students may request a letter of recommendation from their instructor or the ESL Program Director. This letter will include the overall comportment and professionalism achieved during the course of the program.

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ENGLISH ONLY POLICY Students must speak in English at all times while enrolled at Oxford College. If a student is caught consistently speaking another language during class, they will have their name noted and will be cautioned. If the student is cautioned a second time, they will have to meet with the ESL Program Director. A third caution will result in a 1-day suspension. Breaking the English-only rule repeatedly will result in further suspension from Oxford College, with no compensation for missed classes.

Student Responsibilities: • RESPECT













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RESPECT Oxford College believes that respect is a fundamental component in any successful endeavour. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunity to interact, connect, and mingle with people from different parts of the world. In doing so, students are able to experience diverse cultures and broaden their understandings. Cross-cultural experiences are always rewarding, so long as mutual respect and compassion are maintained. If a student feels mistreated or harassed in any manner, they can notify any Oxford College staff member immediately and the appropriate action will be taken. Student complaint forms are available on-site, or may be downloaded and submitted through the website, at oxfordedu.ca/esl.

PARTICIPATION Students can maximize their academic potential and learning experience by participating in and out of class. Oxford College has a variety of programs that students can take advantage of in their spare time. In class, it is the students’ responsibility to fully engage and participate in discussions and activities. Student cooperation is greatly appreciated in this matter, as it encourages everyone in the class to move forward and makes for a pleasant and fun environment. Students who choose not to participate only delay their language acquisition and fluency. Students who feel shy or anxious about participating in their classes can speak to their instructor or the ESL Program Director, who will provide tools to help improve the student’s confidence in this area.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Oxford College is committed to high academic and professional standards. As a member of the academic community, students are expected to be honest. Plagiarism, cheating and collusion are not acceptable in or out of class. Oxford College has a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism and cheating. In the first offence, students caught engaging in plagiarism or cheating will receive an automatic zero on any assessment or project. A second offence will result in expulsion from the program. Successful completion of a course is granted in recognition of successful completion of the area of study, and the completion of scheduled hours attended by the student. The passing grade for all courses is 70%.


Students MUST refrain from: • • • • • •

Collusion & Plagiarism. Collaboration can be very instructive, and students are encouraged to discuss concepts and problems with one another. All assignments, however, must be written alone and must be the student’s own work. The use of ANY notes/materials while completing a test or examination, unless otherwise instructed Copying from a classmate during a test or examination

Communicating with others during a test or examination

Tampering with any evaluation form or report (altering or destroying information).

Using cell phones, pagers, or any other electronic devices during tests, quizzes, or exams. Students caught with such devices will automatically receive a mark of zero.

In the event that a student is found helping another student engage in an act of dishonesty, both parties will be held equally responsible and will be dealt with in a similar manner.

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CELL PHONES The use of cell phones and pagers is restricted to the Student Lounge and hallways. Furthermore, students cannot text or check text messages via cell phones in the classroom. Students are asked to set their cell phones and pagers to the silent function at all other times. In the case where students need to make a phone call, payphones are located alongside the hallways. The Student Services Department can also guide students about the ways in which cell phones or phone cards may be obtained.

PHOTOCOPYING • A copier is located inside the library/resource centre. Academic integrity standards and copyright regulations are to be strictly followed when students make any photocopies. • The copying of any instructor item is strictly prohibited, unless the student has permission from the instructor. • Print credits may be purchased at the financial aid office.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT Students must demonstrate the highest standards of character and integrity. Among the elements of professionalism, each student must exhibit professional courtesy towards instructors, supporting staff, and fellow students. No student shall jeopardize the well-being of instructors or fellow students under any circumstances. No student, acting individually or in connection with others, shall obstruct, disrupt, or attempt to obstruct or disrupt any administrative or college activity at Oxford College. Verbal or physical abuse, or the use of threatening actions toward any other student, instructor, coordinator, director or any other authorized school personnel will not be tolerated. Disciplinary action may result in suspension and/or dismissal from the program. During class times, students are expected to walk down the halls quietly to avoid disrupting instructors or fellow students during lectures, seminars, tests or examinations. A student shall not fail to comply with reasonable directions or directives from instructional staff, administrative personnel, or other authorized school personnel. Students are required to participate in the instructional program. No sleeping will be allowed in class. If a student is caught being disruptive or sleeping in class, they will be dismissed from class and documentation of their behavior will be noted in their student records and files. No student shall refuse to identify him/ herself upon request of an authorized school official, who has properly identified him/herself. All documented reports of non-compliance with the specified standards of professional conduct are forwarded to the appropriate Promotions Committee for review. The Promotions Committee may deny a student permission to continue in the educational program, should the student fail to demonstrate professional conduct. 36 | Oxford College ESL

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COLLEGE DRESS CODE Appropriate attire and hygiene are important factors in maintaining a positive image of Oxford College, and contribute to a professional learning environment. It is requested that students dress appropriately to reflect the professional level of the course they are taking. Ball caps or hats are not permitted in the college. Students are advised to refrain from wearing strong perfumes or colognes, as other students and instructors may have sensitivities. The expectations for appropriate student dress reflect principles of modesty, professionalism, and propriety.

PUNCTUALITY Oxford College expects students to be punctual at all times. A ten-minute allowance for morning classes is permitted under dire circumstances. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be allowed in class. Arriving late to class from break time is also unacceptable; in this case, students will be asked to wait until the next class begins. A total of three instances of tardiness will be counted as an absence. A student’s adherence to punctuality demonstrates dedication, responsibility, and overall courtesy.

ATTENDANCE Oxford College instructors take attendance at the start of each class. To pass a course, students must complete and submit all tests, quizzes, assignments, presentations and reports on time, and in the manner stipulated by the teacher. Missed or incomplete assignments or tests will result in a mark of zero, unless alternative arrangements have been made in advance, or the student provides documentation detailing the reason for their absence. Students who miss five consecutive days of scheduled classes without valid and documented reason(s) will be withdrawn automatically. Valid reasons include, but are not limited to illness, distress, and extenuating circumstances. Students are required to provide documentation to verify the purpose for missing five or more consecutive days of scheduled classes. Students must notify the school if they will be absent.



Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings, elevators, lobbies, stairwells, shopping centres, cinemas, offices, restaurants and sports facilities. Smokers are required to stand 9-12 feet away from the main entrance of a building or road. Smoking on Oxford College grounds is prohibited, as the college is a smoke-free zone.

The student lounge is the only place where food may be consumed. Students are asked to keep the lounge clean and dispose of all garbage appropriately. At no time are students to be found eating in classrooms or any area. Student postings must be approved prior to being posted in the lounge. Oxford College reminds students that classes continuously take place during the day; therefore, a minimum noise level must be maintained when students use the lounge.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL The use of alcohol, recreational drugs, and inappropriate use of prescription drugs is strictly prohibited. Students who do not adhere to this policy will be asked to leave the premises immediately. Further discipline will also be considered, including possible expulsion from the program. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

NO LOITERING POLICY Loitering is a disrespectful act and will not be tolerated under any circumstances at Oxford College. All visitors are asked to sign-in at the reception desk.

SCHOOL PROPERTY Students are expected to use all Oxford College equipment and property as instructed. Students will be held financially responsible for repair or replacement costs, should equipment malfunction and/or be in need of repair due to improper use or negligence.

RECEPTION The reception area is for visitors use only. Students are not to use the area for seating or study purposes. Students will be invited to wait in the reception area if they have scheduled meetings with staff members. All visitors (e.g. parents, children and friends) should register with the front office.

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FOOD AND BEVERAGES No food is to be consumed within classrooms, clinics, the library or hallways. It is important to maintain the cleanliness of the school. Beverages are allowed in campus classrooms, but are not allowed in any classes held in the library.

FIRE ALARMS In the case of a fire, students must exit the premises immediately. Students must not go to their lockers. Students will be shown the exits and fire alarms during orientation, and will be provided with important information regarding what to do in the case of a fire. All students are asked to read the information located by the fire extinguisher, in order to determine the best exit to use from all areas of the College. If the need arises, students are asked to contact the fire department by dialing 911 at access emergency services. On occasion, the school may hold fire drills, but students should not assume that the sound of an alarm is a drill. In such a circumstance, students should wait for verification from the instructor, or any Oxford staff member.

EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS & SAFETY The health and safety of each student and staff member is of prime importance at Oxford College. Students are expected to follow standard safety regulations at all times. The Emergency Protocol is posted throughout the college and must be followed. All accidents must be reported to supervising staff. Regardless of how minor an accident appears, the instructor must be notified of the accident or injury, so that proper procedures may be implemented. Any violation of safety regulations will result in immediate disciplinary action. In the case of an emergency, students are asked to use the First Aid Kits that are located throughout the college. Students will find a pair of gloves, a mask, and an incident report form attached in each kit. Instructors are not permitted to dispense any type of medication to the students, in the case where students become ill or sick. If students feel unwell, they must notify their instructor prior to vacating the premises. The nearest hospital to the college is Scarborough General Hospital, located at the intersection of McCowan & Lawrence Avenue.

PARKING Students have the option of parking their vehicles at Oxford College, as long as a valid parking permit is purchased and displayed visibly on the dashboard. Parking enforcement officers are authorized to ticket and/or tow vehicles at the owner’s expense. Any time a student receives a ticket for a traffic violation, a fine will be imposed. Paid public parking is also available off-campus at McCowan Station, and behind the building complex. Designated student and visitor parking areas are located on the upper level. Students are not permitted to park anywhere else on the property, and must display their student parking pass visibly on the dashboard. NOTE: Handicap parking areas are designated with a wheelchair emblem. Parking in these areas is authorized by approved handicap license plates or permits.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS Oxford College is not responsible or liable for any loss or damages to personal articles. It is recommended that students keep their belongings with them at all times. Students are encouraged to take out personal and property insurance before they travel to Canada.

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PRIVACY POLICY Oxford College reserves the right to collect personal information where it applies to enrollment in any programs, course, or service. Collection of personal information is strictly for the purposes of student identification, maintenance of records, and to communicate or provide applicable information. For example, Oxford College may request a student’s full name, date of birth, gender, nationality, mother tongue, ID or passport number, mailing address, telephone number, email address, medical history and/or education history. Credit card information is also collected by the payment partner for use in payment approval and processing; however, a student’s credit card information is not retained in any Oxford College database. Student records are private and confidential, and can only be provided to or discussed with the student, unless written authorization is provided in advance.

VISA INFORMATION Per Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) regulations, if students wish to enroll in courses or programs that extend beyond six months, they must obtain a study visa. For more information regarding study permits, students should visit cic.gc.ca. Employees at Oxford College are not permitted to provide any immigration information or consultation to current or prospective students.

DENIED VISA If students are denied a visa to study in Canada, Oxford College will refund 100% of the tuition fees, minus administration fees and bank transfer charges. In order to receive a refund, students must provide Oxford College with a letter of rejection, as issued by the Canadian Embassy. Refunds may take up to eight weeks to process.

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HomeStay Homestay is an excellent option for affordable housing. Students who live with homestay families will be able to immerse themselves in the English language, in addition to gaining insights about Canadian cultures and values. Furthermore, by living with a homestay family, students are able to participate in the family’s daily routines and create new friendships and lasting memories. All students who elect to live with homestay families will be given a contract outlining the housing details, along with a description of the homestay terms and conditions, and the student’s rights and responsibilities. Students who are interested in Homestay accommodation are requested to fill out the Homestay Request Form, and submit the completed form to info@oxfordedu.ca. All forms are available online, and are also located in the ESL Department office.

DISCLAIMER: All policies, fees, charges, dates, and conditions are applicable to change at any time. Oxford College reserves the right to change start dates, programs, and course content at any time. Oxford College and its directors and shareholders are not liable and will accept no responsibility for any loss or damage to personal articles or property of students, injury, illness or death of a student occurring on or off Oxford College property. Students are expected to comply with Oxford College policies, as outlined in the Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is provided to all students, both online and upon registration. Failure to comply with the Oxford College rules and policies may result in student dismissal. NOTE: Any additional information not stated in the handbook will be provided to students during orientation, or in-class. This version of the Student Handbook is considered the most up-to-date document. The College reserves the right to amend the policies and procedures relating to the Student Handbook at any time by giving the student body reasonable notice of the changes.

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LIABILITY & INSURANCE All students must have valid medical insurance for the duration of their studies. If students do not have medical insurance, they must purchase it privately, or through Oxford College. Evidence of medical Insurance is necessary to enroll in any course in the ESL Department. Please note that Oxford College is not liable for any illness or injury to people or property. Students are advised to carry their I.D and insurance policy number with them at all times. Furthermore, students should save all original bills, invoices and receipts showing payments made for health care; this is necessary in order to receive reimbursements from the insurance company. In the case of illness or minor injuries, students should visit their local doctor’s office. Alternatively, students can go to walk in clinics, without calling to make a prior appointment. In the case of serious or life-threatening emergencies, students should go to the Hospital Emergency Room. For a list of medical offices and hospitals that are in close proximity to Oxford College, students may refer to the Support and Referral Services brochure, available in the ESL Department Office or online, at www.oxfordedu.ca/esl.

BANKS Oxford College strongly encourages all students to open a Canadian bank account, in order to facilitate shopping, avoid international withdrawal fees, make foreign exchanges, and for the purpose of overall convenience. A list of major banks within close proximity to the Oxford College campus is listed in the Support and Referral Services brochure, available in the ESL Department Office or online, at www.oxfordedu.ca/esl.

PERSONAL SAFETY AND SECURITY Canada is rated as being one of the safest countries in the world; however, Oxford College advises students that it is always better to take precautions that ensure safety and security. If students experience any issues or problems in regards to safety or security, they should call 9-11 immediately. If the issue is not serious or life-threatening, students may contact the non-emergency police service at 416-808-2222

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TThe Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the main public transit system used to travel around the city of Toronto. The TTC includes buses, streetcars (found in Downtown Toronto), subways and the Scarborough Rapid Transit (RT). With the exception of streetcars, all of the mentioned methods of transportation may be found in close proximity to Oxford College. In order to be eligible for a student pass, students are required to obtain a TTC student I.D card, which is available at the Sherbourne Station Photo ID Facility. Students must provide an Oxford College acceptance letter or timetable and a piece of photo ID (passport) to the facility, where their picture will be taken at a cost of $5.25. The Student Pass will be mailed back to Oxford College within 7-10 business days. Students can pick up their student pass at the reception desk. TTC Photo Centre Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday

3:00pm to 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

First and last business day of each month (Monday to Friday, only):

10:00am – 7:00pm

Sundays and Statutory Holidays:


CALLING CARDS Prior to purchasing any calling card, students are advised to ask the sales representative about the best rates to the country they are calling.

TAXI For taxi services, students can dial 416-TAXICAB; it is important to note that there is a minimum charge of $4.00

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