English Electives

Each student is given a diagnostic test on the first day and staff recommend appropriate afternoon electives. Students usually take one remedial elective that focuses on a weak area and one enrichment elective which focuses on a strong area or the topic the student is most interested in.

English 110 & 115 Communication

Students at these levels focus on “survival English” and vocabulary building. Students take part in pair work, group work, and role playing exercises in order to use English in a more practical and confident way. There are usually two or three communication classes running at these levels so that students can be placed in classes with their learning styles in mind.


Students at English 110 & 115 levels learn how to “develop an ear” for English sounds. Through exercises focused on listening, repetition, and interactive exercises, students learn various sounds, study cross-linguistic differences, and practice overcoming problematic speech patterns.

English 120 Communication

English 120 students must learn how to integrate more complex grammar into their spoken skills, and be able to advance their listening skills in order to “keep-up” with natural patterns of English speech.

English 125 & 130 Communication

Higher level English learners develop critical thinking skills by taking part in debates and instructor facilitated discussions. Students at these levels become more aware of colloquial and idiomatic speech, and become more cognizant of cross-cultural English usage.

TOEIC Exam Preparation

TOEIC is a structured and intensive exam course for students who work, or plan to work, in an environment where a solid understanding of English is a necessity. The TOEIC course offers ongoing assessments, monthly practice tests, and an instructor who acts in an advising role to guide students towards the official examination. The recommended level is English 125 or higher.
TOEIC Exam Preparation

TOEFL Exam Preparation

Recognized by universities and workplaces as an indicator of English level, the TOEFL preparation course helps students learn what skills they will need to develop in order to improve their examination scores. The course covers topics in reading, writing, listening, and structure. With the introduction of the new generation of TOEFL, students will also learn how to improve their speaking skills. Practice exams, lectures, and computer lab work combine to make up the course work. The recommended level is English 125 or higher.
TOEFL Exam Preparation

Current Events & Media

How is English used differently through various mediums? What is happening locally, nationally, and internationally? Students explore these questions by reading newspaper and magazine articles, watching and listening to news programs, and discussing recent issues of importance. Students must be at an English 125 level of English (or higher), and have a willingness to interact with others through discussion.

Idioms & Slang

Students at an English 120 level (or higher) learn how to make sense of the “informal” side of English . The course looks at slang phrasing, intonation, and colloquial vocabulary building. As this course is meant to be interactive, students must be willing to share their experiences of expressions and words that they have heard since arriving in Canada.

Canadian Studies

How big is Canada? How old is Montreal? What famous musicians come from Canada? Canadian studies looks at topics associated with this vast and diverse country. Geography, history, sports, famous people, languages, ethnicity, and weather are but a few of the subjects studied in this course. The recommended level is English 120 of higher.

Reading & Writing

Although not ongoing, reading/writing electives are added to correspond to exam preparation times, university placement periods, and when there are requests from teachers and students to enhance this important element of English learning. There are generally two levels offered: English 120 & English 125.

Public Speaking

This English 125 to English 130 level course helps students to develop their speaking and writing skills. Students learn how to write speeches and create presentations, while gaining an awareness of how North America presenters organize their ideas, use hand gestures, make eye contact, use intonation, regulate speed, and engage their audiences.

Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)

These electives supplement the morning Cambridge courses and are mandatory for all students writing the official FCE and CAE exams. Each of the electives focus on the specific skills needed to succeed at each level (i.e. interview skills, reading/writing, and listening), while supplying students with practical information on exam rules/regulations, as well as the logistics involved in taking the exams.
Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)

Cambridge IELTS Test

The CCEL IELTS Test Preparation program is perfect for helping students to prepare for university English entrance requirements at all levels.

Note: Not all electives will be available during your studies.