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Program Structure

The EFP is offered in September, January, and May. There are two sections of the EFP, EAP 103 and EAP 104, which are run and offered by the Faculty of Education.

EAP 103 (3 credits)

Accepted EAP 103 applicants commit to 20 hours per week for one 12–week session. During this session, students are permitted to enrol in one academic course.

EAP 104 (3 credits)

There are two ways an applicant can enrol in EAP 104: successful completion of EAP 103 or meeting the required English scores for EAP 104. EAP 104 applicants commit to 20 hours per week for one 12–week session and may enrol in up to two academic courses. Successful completion of EAP 104 (68%) guarantees students to enrol in full academic programming.

EFP Curriculum

In the classroom, students engage in activities designed to increase their skills in English and academic study strategies as well as in Intercultural communication and university life. Within the context of themes and units relevant to their programs of study, students focus on building their vocabulary and grammar skills while applying these to increasing their proficiency in academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Unit topics include cutting edge topics like sustainability, innovation, design, media, technology, diversity, language, and global trends. Each of these units gives students the opportunity to research and discuss questions with the instructors, UBC professors, research librarians, and university students. Through the development of their language, as well as their skills in critical thinking and collaboration, students are encouraged to find their unique voices in this new environment so that they can engage with the community in meaningful ways.

Cultural Immersion Activities

Students have the opportunities to participate in a multitude of events in order to get them immersed with Canadian culture. Some of the events include participating in Canadian sports, such as curling where as other allow students to embrace the multiculturalism of Canada through attending event such as aboriginal drum circles. Additionally, students will be able to take part in every day outings such as going to a hockey game or simply having a picnic in by the lake. School spirit is also a vital part of cultural immersion. Students will have many opportunities to volunteer on campus as well as enjoy varsity games and network with other students. All events are geared towards truly feeling Canadian while improving language skills, making new friends and getting over potential culture shock.

Computer and Language Labs

Students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one as well as in same groups with the Teacher’s Assistances in order to maximize their understanding with the concepts covered in class. In one-on-one meetings, students have extra time to ask questions or get clarification on class material. They are also able to do extra work in order to master the English language. Students are also able to work in small groups with the TAs should they be struggling with similar materials. During computer lab, students are able to work on-line at their own pace to help solidify and master the concepts covered. There are many different skills that they are able to cover with the online work including speaking, writing, reading and listening components.  Additionally, students are able to take part in a conversation club where they are able to address different topic and practice their oral stills. Some topics include learning slang, dealing with culture shock, learning idiomatic expressions as well as conversing about topics that are interesting to the students.

 Academic Courses

EFP students are fully integrated into the campus community and may enroll in one or two academic courses with all other first-year students while upgrading their English levels. EFP students, with the assistance of an EFP and Academic Advisor, enroll in academic courses related to their degree program; Bachelor of Science, Applied Science, Arts, Management, Human Kinetics, or Fine Arts. EFP students benefit by being enrolled in academic courses simultaneously as they are able to be a part of their faculty cohort, earn credit toward their degree programs, and improve English comprehension levels based on area of study.

 

 

   

 


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