English Language Support (ELS)


  • ELS

    ELS is a support service for non-native speakers of English enrolled in courses at Capilano University and is designed to assist students with their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The Centre has been created to assist both students and faculty:

    To learn more about the groups we support, click the applicable link below:

    General ELS Support
    ELS Support for ECCE Students
    ELS Support for NABU Students
    Faculty Support

    I. Student Support

    ELS provides 30-minute face-to-face learning support sessions in LB 117 by appointment only. LB 117 is located down the hallway past the IT Service Desk and the washrooms.


    Types of Support Offered

    Reading/Vocabulary Grammar/Writing Listening/Speaking

    Clarification of course assignments

    Overview of academic writing styles

    Overcoming pronunciation challenges

    Academic text comprehension

    Academic writing/grammar

    Conversation confidence building

    Guidance with critical thinking

    APA and MLA citation

    Academic listening strategies

    Learning and retaining new vocabulary

    Sentence structure

    Group discussion strategies

     

    Editing checklist development


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    A. General ELS Support

    General ELS support is for Capilano University students who are non-native speakers of English who are registered in academic programs at the University


    Schedule for General ELS Support

    Hours for Fall term 2017 (Sept.18 - December 7)
     Mondays (last day December 4) 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.; 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Christine Hoppenrath
     Tuesdays (last day December 5) 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Christine Hoppenrath  
     Thursdays (last day December 7) 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Christine Hoppenrath
    • LB 117 is located down the hallway past the IT Service Desk and the washrooms.
    • Appointments are required as there is limited capacity.
    • Students can schedule two 30-minute support sessions each month.

    To make an appointment

    1. Go to the ELS appointment calendar and check for available 30-minute time slots in Christine's schedule.
    2. Contact Christine at els@capilanou.ca to request an available time slot and one alternative time to improve your chances of getting a booking.

    Note: Students are limited to two support sessions a month..

    Learning Resources:
      Check out our fantastic collection of language  resources on  English Language Support!

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    B.  ELS Support for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Students

    ELS provides support specifically for non-native speakers enrolled in the ECCE program at Capilano University.


    Schedule for ELS for ECCE Support

    Hours for Fall term 2017 (Sept.18 - December 15)
    Mondays (last day December 11) 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Corey Muench
    Tuesdays (last day December 12) 1:45-3:45 p.m. Corey Muench
    Wednesdays (last day December 13) 9:30-11:30 a.m. Corey Muench
    Fridays (last day December 14) 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Corey Muench
    • LB 117 is located down the hallway past the IT Service Desk and the washrooms.
    • Appointments are required as there is limited capacity.
    • Students can schedule two 30-minute support sessions each month.

    To make an appointment

    1. Go to the ELS for ECCE appointment calendar and check for available 30-minute time slots in Corey's schedule.
    2. Contact Corey at elsecce@capilanou.ca to request an available time slot and one alternative time to improve your chances of getting a booking.

    Note: Students are limited to two support sessions a month..

    Learning Resources: Check out our fantastic collection of language resources on English Language Support and “ ELS for ECCE Students” Moodle !

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    C. ELS Support for North American Business Management (NABU) Students

    ELS provides support specifically for non-native speakers enrolled in the NABU program at Capilano University.

    Schedule for NABU ELS Support

    Hours for Fall term 2017 (Sept.18 - December 15)
    Mondays (last day December 11) 11:30-1:10 p.m. Corey Muench
    Wednesdays (last day December 13) 2:40-4:20 p.m. Corey Muench
    Thursdays (last day December 14) 3:30-5:10 p.m. Corey Muench

    • LB 117 is located down the hallway past the IT Service Desk and the washrooms.
    • Appointments are required as there is limited capacity.
    • Students can schedule two 30-minute support sessions each month. 

    To make an appointment

    1. Go to the ELS for NABU appointment calendar and check for available 30-minute time slots in Corey's schedule.
    2. Contact Corey at elsnabu@capilanou.ca to request an available time slot and one alternative time to improve your chances of getting a booking.

    Note: Students are limited to two support sessions a month..

    Learning Resources:
    Check out our fantastic collection of language resources on English Language Support and " ELS for NABU Students" Moodle!

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    II. Faculty Support

    Our ELS Faculty liaison, Rachelle Jorgenson is available to attend departmental meetings to inform instructors about the ELS Centre and provide advice regarding the specific learning needs of non-native speakers of English.  


    A. In-class Workshops

    You can team with Rachelle to provide in-class workshops designed to target learning challenges specific to your curriculum.
    To reserve an in-class workshop or have Rachelle speak at your departmental meeting, please contact rachellejorgenson@capilanou.ca.

    B. Campus-Wide Workshops

    ELS offers a variety of campus-wide workshops for non-native speakers of English enrolled at Capilano. All ELS Workshops are on Wednesdays from 11:30am - 12:50pm in BR 322:

      September 27 - ELS Pronunciation: Speaking Smoothly
      October 4 - ELS Speaking: Academic Discussions & Debate
      October 11 - ELS Grammar: Refining Sentence Structure
      October 25 - ELS Writing: Avoiding Plagiarism - Paraphrasing & Quoting Evidence
      November 1 - ELS Writing: Writing Cohesive Paragraphs
      November 8 - ELS Speaking: Oral Presentations
      March 15 - ELS Workshop: To Be Determined

    In-depth descriptions of these workshops can be found on the events page or check out “Student Success Workshops Calendar” found all over campus.


    C. ELS Referral Form

    Capilano University course instructors can fill out the referral form for a student when the instructor would like the student to visit ELS to work on a particular language issue. The student then takes the form to the ELS instructor. Once the activity has been completed by the student, the ELS instructor can sign the form to verify to the course instructor that the student completed the activity.

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