Smrt Curriculum

Smrt English is a blended learning curriculum developed by teachers at the Canadian College of English Language in Vancouver.

English for Adults

English 100

Develop basic language skills needed in classroom and in day-to-day adult situations. Focus on listening and speaking tasks necessary to satisfy routine classroom and social demands and limited work requirements. Introduction to reading and writing skills.

English 110

Develop greater skills in listening and speaking for basic communication in the classroom, outside the classroom and at work. Introduction of basic grammar, expand reading and writing skills. Basic computer commands practiced.

English 115

Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to function satisfactorily in most real-life situations related to immediate needs. Must have completed 110 or equivalent. Limited knowledge of computer use and skills with introduction of more advanced technology skills and commands.

English 120

Refine skills needed in conversations beyond survival needs. Function independently in most familiar situations and use appropriate language in routine social situations. Begin to increase and challenge knowledge of simple computer commands and uses.

English 125

Skills needed to function effectively in familiar and unfamiliar social situations and familiar work situations. Communication needed to discuss/interpret cultural differences and use English to solve problems outside the class.

English 130

Fluency and communication skills. Self-monitor effectively when using basic grammatical structure and introduction to more complex structures. Cultural values and thinking patterns are introduced through discussions, readings and writing.

English for Academic Purposes EAP 140

University preparation with a focus on writing, listening and reading skills. Developing thesis statements and a deep understanding of Comparison/ Contrast, Cause/ Effect and Effect essay styles. Introduction to academic vocabulary and rhetoric while developing critical thinking skills.

English for Youth

English 110 Youth

The Beginner level is ideal for students with basic English skills. High interest topics engage and strengthen reading skills. Students are introduced to basic grammar skills. Students start to develop better speaking and listening skills. Students are introduced to new vocabulary and writing skills.

English 115 Youth

The Pre-Intermediate level is ideal for students with adequate English levels. This level is a continuation of more basic grammar skills. Students begin to expand topic vocabulary, reading and writing skills. Engaging unit projects encourage creative ways to communicate in English.

English 120 Youth

The Intermediate level is ideal for students who wish to expand their English skills. In addition, students further develop and practice grammar skills for academic writing. Students begin to develop academic vocabulary and writing skills through unit presentations and research projects.

English 125 Youth

The Upper Intermediate level is ideal for students with high level English fluency. Students focus on increased communication both in written and oral form with high interest topics. Grammar structures and vocabulary become more abstract and take multiple meanings.

English 130 Youth

The Advanced level is ideal for students who are approaching English fluency. Students begin to polish and perfect English in all areas. There is a strong focus on the production of clear, well-structured texts that exhibit more technical and academic vocabulary.

English for Kids

English 110 Kids

The Beginner level is ideal for students with limited English skills. Students begin developing basic communication of ideas and feelings. Engaging thematic topics introduce the fundamentals for basic reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing tasks.

English 115 Kids

The Elementary level is ideal for students with emerging English skills. At this level, students develop skills learned from Kids 110. This level is a continuation of more basic grammar skills and commonly-used topic vocabulary. Students begin to expand reading and writing skills.

English 120 Kids

The Pre-intermediate level is ideal for students with basic English skills who still need repetition. There is a strong focus on developing independent reading and increased comprehension. New vocabulary words are learned using online tools for richer understanding.

English 125 Kids

The Intermediate level is ideal for students who are trying to develop a better command of English. Students are introduced to an increase in challenging readings, vocabulary and grammar levels. There is a strong focus on sentence variety and the expansion of oral communication.

English 130 Kids

The Advanced level is ideal for students with intermediate fluency and communication skills. Students are introduced to more complex grammar structures and vocabulary. Students begin to be exposed to more complex texts to further reading skills and comprehension.

English for Children

Early Childhood Education

The Smrt Early Childhood course introduces very young learners to basic English in a way that is fun and educational. Children build a bank of vocabulary and phrases, and a phonics foundation through ABCs and number practice.

English for Kids

English for Aviation 120

This course is designed to provide students with the English language skills they need to succeed in a career within the aviation industry.

English for Business Administration 130

Develop language skills while focusing on concepts from the world of academic business administration. Improve your academic writing skills with activities related to argumentative and report-style writing.

English for Computing & Information Systems 130

Develop language skills while focusing on concepts from the world of computing and information systems. Improve your academic writing skills with activities related to opinion-based essays.

English for Automotive 100 Spanish

An introductory course for Spanish speaking students new to English with a focus on Automotive concepts and vocabulary.

English for Automotive 110

Develop greater skills in listening and speaking for basic communication in the automotive industry. Introduction of basic grammar, expand reading and writing skills, practice and acquire target automotive vocabulary. Basic computer commands practiced.

English for Automotive 115

Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to function satisfactorily in most real-life situations related to the automotive industry.

English for Automotive 120

Refine skills needed in conversations beyond survival needs, and develop greater automotive English. Function independently in most familiar situations and use appropriate language in routine social situations.

English for Health Sciences 125

Expand and explore your English skills in a curriculum designed for students interested in entering the medical field.

Professional Development for Teachers 130

Professional Development for Teachers, by Trent-ESL EAP faculty, utilizes a “Content & Language Integrated Learning” framework. The content comes from themes related to ESL teaching, and the language instruction encompasses the four skills plus grammar and vocabulary.

English for STEM 140

STEM is a term that refers to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Combined study of these elements improves competitiveness in the advancement of science and technology.

English for Exam Preparation

CAEL Preparation 125

This course provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment which is a standardized test designed to measure English language proficiency.

IELTS Preparation 125

The course is designed to give students thorough knowledge of the IELTS test format and opportunities to develop the skills required to improve on tests.

TOEFL ITP Preparation 125

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed on the TOEFL ITP exam, which is designed to judge their placement, progress, or general proficiency in an academic university situation.

Bilingual Bridging Courses

English 100 Arabic

An introductory course for Arabic speaking students new to English.

English 100 Chinese

An introductory course for Chinese speaking students new to English.

English 100 Spanish

An introductory course for Spanish speaking students new to English.

English 100 Indonesian

An introductory course for Indonesian speaking students new to English.

English 100 Portuguese

An introductory course for Portuguese speaking students new to English.

English 100 Russian

An introductory course for Russian speaking students new to English.

Electives

Listening & Speaking 110

You will learn the basic pronunciation of a wide range of sounds in the English language by listening, speaking and working in small groups.

Reading Comprehension 110

An introductory Reading Comprehension elective for students new to English.

American Slang & Idioms 115/120

Build your fluency with American speakers by learning slang, idioms and the most common phrasal verbs in English.

Listening & Speaking 115/120

This course focuses on understanding rules and patterns in pronunciation, developing skills for formal and casual situations, and preparing for speaking events.

Writing 115/120

An intermediate writing course that focuses on strategies and skills for writing a variety of paragraphs.

English for Hospitality Service 120

EHS is designed for students wishing to acquire knowledge of the functional English required for employment in a café, bar or restaurant.

Grammar 120

This is a back-to-basics grammar course for students who want to strengthen their understanding of English grammar. The course focuses on reviewing the basics of grammar, from tenses to parts of speech, and getting students to use the grammar in spoken and written English.

Journalism & Writing

Journalism requires students to consume news from various sources and write short articles once or twice a week.

Business English 125

This elective combines Business English topics and vocabulary with Career Preparation. It is ideal for those preparing to enter the workforce at home or abroad.

Current Events 125

Current Events is designed to improve a student’s speaking, listening, reading, and vocabulary through an active intake and discussion of world current events.

English for Economics 125

This course looks at basic economic and financial topics in a simple yet interesting manner.

English for Hospitality & Tourism 125

This course is an introduction to the vocabulary, careers, and industries in Tourism and Hospitality.

Movie English 125

This is a vocabulary and listening course that uses movies to help you learn the meaning, use and pronunciation of vocabulary.

English Vocabulary 125

This course explores a wide range of interesting, topical themes to develop essential vocabulary for academic as well as everyday use.

American Slang & Idioms 125/130

This course uses grammar and advanced vocabulary to further understand common slang and idioms used in North America.

Academic Writing 125/130

This course will get you ready for the difficult challenges of writing at an academic level and help you have success in college.

Listening and Speaking 125/130

High level discussion, listening and public speaking are the focus of this course that utilizes different forms of media to learn about exciting topics from around the world.

Reading Comprehension 125/130

Techniques for comprehending literature and academic readings are the focus of this course. Aspects of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are also explored.