Second language courses get a makeover!

Posted on Monday, April 26, 2021

Second language courses get a makeover!


The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute has decided to change the titles of its English and French courses to make them clearer, more modern, attractive, and descriptive of their learning objectives. The aim of this initiative is to appeal more to the student population and better meet the needs of language learners at all levels. For example, the title of ESL 1111 Oral and Written Communication in English as a Second Language: Elementary Level I will now be ESL 1111 Welcome to English: First Steps to Oral and Written Communication.

New prerequisites to improve accessibility

The prerequisites for some credited second-language courses in English or French have also changed to make them more accessible to more students. This will also improve consistency and make for a more seamless transition from one level to the next. Changes to the prerequisites will simplify and optimize course sequencing. The new prerequisites are better adapted to student needs while maintaining the value of their degree. Immersion courses are now optional. In fact, advanced 4000-level courses now replace the FRE (French Studies) requirement.

Here is a complete list of FLS and ESL courses offered by OLBI:

French-as-a-second-language (FLS) courses

English-as-a-second-language (ESL) courses

Consult the calendar for the start dates for enrolment in courses for the fall 2021 term. Enrol in a second-language course.

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