English as a Second Language Certificate
ESL Program is designed for students whose first language is not English with a TOEFL score below IBT61. The courses emphasize listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and culture. Specific instructions and practices are based on the language level of individual ESL students. This program does not require approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of Ministry of advanced Education Skills & Training
NOC Code： 5199 - English as a Second Language (ESL) or other second language training
The duration of the program is 6 months or less
Schedule： Full Time or Part Time
Delivery Method ： In-Class， Distance/Online， Blended
Upon completion of the program, students will:
A. Receive, interpret, and respond correctly and accurately to basic verbal messages in classroom settings.
B. Speak fluently with an understandable accent when communicating with English language.
C. Learn basic vocabulary and read in analytical way.
D. Write essays to express ideas explicitly and correctly.
E. Demonstrate appropriate social behaviour and knowledge of cross-cultural differences in working with other people in class.
F. Apply English in study and daily life problem solving.
G. Reach a TOEFL score of at least IBT61 or equivalents, and be ready for academic study.
High School graduates or its equivalent, or age 16 and over
Tuition and Fees
Learning resources are mainly from textbooks, while some are from real-life case studies, internet information, as well as videos.
For details, please refer to each class syllabus.
Language Program Options:
Title of Course
||Hours of Instruction|
|1||ESL 101||Elementary 1||
|2||ESL 102||Elementary 2||
|3||ESL 201||Pre‐intermediate 1||
|4||ESL 202||Pre‐intermediate 2||
|5||ESL 301||Intermediate 1||
|6||ESL 302||Intermediate 2||
|7||ESL 401||Upper‐intermediate 1||
|8||ESL 402||Upper‐intermediate 2||
|9||ESL 501||Advanced 1||
|10||ESL 502||Advanced 2||
There will be HW assignments, quizzes, reports, presentations, and two major exams for each class. Class Attendance, Participation, HW Assignments, Quizzes, Reports, Presentations will be at 10% each, and two major exams will be at 20% each.
Grading scale for each class is as follows:
Requirements for Graduation
1. Courses with grades lower than "C" are not counted toward the completion of ESL program at UPC.
2. An official TOEFL score of IBT61 or above.
3. Upon successful completion of 10 courses, English as Second Language Diploma will be granted by UPC