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ESL PROGRAM - Advanced Level 2

Advanced Level 2 (phase 3/ clb 11-12 / IELTS levels 8-9/  EU C2)

Twenty-five hours per week course (five hours per day x 5 days per week/ or 4+ hours divided over 6 days per week).


To be able to produce spoken language in complex, demanding contexts; to be able to listen to and interpret demanding spoken communication; to be able to read and interpret complex written communication in demanding contexts; to be able to produce written communication in complex,demanding contexts within the Canadian Language Benchmark competencies.

  • Speaking, Listening – students will practice communicating in highly demanding, challenging situations. Through interactive learning they will engage in highly-complex speaking and listening activities in academic, professional, social and community contexts. Students participate in speaking and listening speaking activities that usecomplex, sophisticated, academic vocabulary, advanced grammatical and syntactical structures, concrete and abstract language that is highly idiomatic. Students learn to use linguistic skill to modify, adapt, and temper their language on the basis of specific contextual demands.
  • Advanced Grammar2– Students will have acquired the confidence they need to function in a range of social, personal, professional and academic areas of life. This course focuses on some of the following advanced grammar structures:

correct use of relative pronouns (that/which, that which, as identifiers and non-identifiers); nominative, subjective, accusative and objective cases; recognizing finite and non-finite verbs, transitive and intransitive verbs and their functions; advanced expressions of time, past/present/future;  verbal structures and their functions; correct use of subordinating, correlative and coordinating conjunctions; recognition of conjunctions and prepositions by their function; compound-complex sentences; expanding on modifiers of nouns and verbs and their position; simple modifiers and large-structure modifiers.

  • Writing, Vocabulary– students learn advanced writing skills used to produce work that is highly abstract, analytical, specialized, semi-specialized, and/or technical. At this level, students write lengthy communication products for a diverse audience. They learn to use a range of sophisticated, technical, and academic, vocabulary, idiomatic sentences, academic and formal expressions, to convey depth, originality, style, meaning and pathos.
  • ReadingIncludes critical reading, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating texts, identifying inferences on the basis of reasoning and evidence, comparing/contrasting, finding cause and effect. Students read highly complex, sophisticated texts in high-level, high-stake situations and contexts. They explore, comprehend and practice the art of subtle or forceful persuasion, diplomatic discourse, social cooperation, academic rigor and formality, and rhetorical strategies in lengthy, complex texts.
  • Full immersion listening and speaking drills – Students listen to spoken interactions that are average to moderately long, relating to a range of familiar and non-familiar, moderately-complex subjects. They practice correct pronunciation of English phonemes, expressions, the rhythmic qualities of connected speech, and accurately reproduce moderately long to long sentences and phrases. These drills aim to prompt discussion and give students opportunities to use the English language in a broad range of situations, contexts, and varying levels of language. At this level students listen to real-life conversations, case studies, news broadcasts, academic lectures, semi-technical or specialized reports, in a range of fields, social and professional contexts.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Advanced Level 2 course, students will be able to produce spoken language in complex,demanding contexts; they will be able to listen to and interpret demanding spoken communication; students will be able to read and interpret complex written communication in demanding contexts; students will be able to produce written communication in complex,demanding contexts within the following Canadian Language Benchmark competency areas:

 Interacting with Others (all skills): communication to maintain or change interpersonal relationships and to foster social cohesion.

 Comprehending Instructions (Reading and Listening): communication to understand instructions and directions.

 Giving Instructions (Speaking): communication to convey instructions and directions.   Getting Things Done (all skills): communication to get things done, to obtain services, to inform decisions, to persuade or to learn what others want done.

 Comprehending Information (Reading and Listening): communication to learn and understand information and ideas.

 Sharing Information (Speaking and Writing): communication to inform others, to share or present information and ideas.

Suggested Materials

 Oxford Picture Dictionary, Canadian Edition (vocabulary)

 Gage Learning, Language Power, Levels A to H (grammar, Student and Teachers’ books)

 R.A./McGraw-Hill, Specific Skill Series, Levels Pre-beginner, A to H (Reading)

 Longman, Day by Day, English for Employment (Speaking, Reading, Writing)

 MacMillan, Telephone English (Speaking, Listening)

 Steck-Vaughn, Pre-GED series (Critical Thinking, Language Arts) (Reading, Writing)

 Cambridge U.P., Jack Richards, Interchange (Grammar)

 Steck-Vaughn, English ASAP – Connecting English to the Workplace (Reading, Writing, Speaking)

 ReMedia Publications, Life Skills Books (vocabulary)

 Michael Swan, Oxford UP, Practical English Usage

 English Day By Day – Michael Roddy, Academic Therapy Publications, Novato California

 Pronunciation Pairs – Baker- Goldsterin, Cambridge University Press

 The Working Experience (levels 1-2-3), Jeanne Smith, Harry Ringel, New Reader’s Press, ProLiteracy Worldwide

 Grammar in Context (levels 1-2-3), First Canadian Edition- ITP Nelson, International Thomson Publishing Company

Additional Resources:

Lesson plans, listening activities –

Activity Workbook and Teacher’s Guides


(905) 625-6400

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