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English for Professional Advancement (EPA)

B.C. employers are looking for professionals with solid English communication skills. VCC's English for Professional Advancement (EPA) program provides English language advancement focusing on professional contexts and cultural integration. This program is most suitable for internationally-trained professionals. Students will learn both online and in the classroom. Strong computer skills are required.
Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Varies Varies VCC Transcript Downtown Part-time

Program Description

Program Description

Reading focuses on developing a variety of reading comprehension strategies to extract or provide relevant and correct information from a variety of text types (e.g. reports, e-mail, newspaper and magazine articles, college level reading, graphs, charts and forms, etc.) using business, professional and/or applied technical related topics as context. Students summarize and synthesize notes and do research to complete various writing assignments of various lengths. Vocabulary building and study skills prepare students for future workplace or study requirements in the areas of note-taking and management of work-load.


Writing focuses on learning to write accurately using appropriate formats such as: paragraphs, e-mail, short reports, letters and charts. Study Skills are also taught to prepare students for future professional tasks or college level study in the areas of note-taking, management of work-load, expectations of assignments and reports, and critical thinking. All learning activities use business, professional and/or applied technical related topics as context. This course and its co-requisite, use a blended delivery mode with Reading activities done on-line and writing activities done in the face-to-face seminar and at home. Students summarize and synthesize notes and do research to complete various writing assignments of various lengths.


Speaking focuses on developing oral communication skills as well as to improve fluency, clear speech, and build socio-cultural competencies. Language behaviours, skills and strategies are practiced in class, and all learning activities use business and Canadian professional workplace related topics as context. Instructional strategies rely on videotaped role rehearsals with student and instructor feedback, and oral journals. Speaking activities include: developing meeting and telephone skills, giving presentations, doing scenario based role rehearsals, etc. The topics in this course are closely aligned with the topics in EPA Listening which is its co-requisite.


Listening focuses on developing aural communication skills as well as to improve fluency, clear speech, and build socio-cultural competencies. Language behaviours, skills and strategies are practiced in class and in the audio lab, and all learning activities use business and Canadian professional workplace related topics as context. Listening is taught on-line in modules. The topics in these modules are closely aligned with the topics in its co-requisite course EPA Speaking which are face to face delivery.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

English Language Skills (ELS) - Upper Advanced
OR
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 6
OR
Career and Professional English (CPE) 059

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee No Fee
Student Union Health Plan Fee $ 0.0
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $ 0.0


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Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students making advanced payments for programs/courses or installment payments for current programs, will be required to pay increased rates. The application fee is non-refundable. For more information, see withdrawals and refunds specific to this program.

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