ELL Summer Program

Summer is the perfect time to explore new topics of interest or delve deeper to follow one’s passions. In July and August, we offer short-duration programs that are enriching and stimulating. Join students from around the globe in these unique summer programs. Youth between the ages of 10 and 17 can spend time enhancing their skills in a specific area through an intensive, hands-on learning experience with expert instructors.

We offer two ELL summer programs: Academic English and General English.

St. Michaels University School’s (SMUS) ELL Summer Programs are designed to encourage students to develop confidence and independence in an English-speaking environment while experiencing life in Canada.

These intense, challenging and rewarding English language programs are designed to give beginner to advanced level English learners a well-rounded academic and cultural learning experience. Upon arrival, students take the iTEP English Assessment test, and are then placed into classes with students from all over the world and have similar skill levels. Classes are also balanced to consider cultural background, age, gender, and maturity level. In the General English Program, there are five distinct levels: Junior, Beginner, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced. The Academic English Program has two levels: Upper Intermediate and Advanced. Students who successfully complete the Academic English program will receive four credits that can be used towards their high school completion requirements.

Students must have at least a 4.0 or higher in IELTS or comparable standardized language test to be registered in the Academic English Program. An entrance test and interview will be required for those who do not have a standardized English language test result.

The program includes:

  • Academic Program - 120 hours of ESL instruction in the 4-week intensive program
  • General English Program – 15 hours of classroom instruction plus 15 hours of English activities and workshops each week
  • Small average class size of 10 students with a maximum of 15 students per class
  • Highly qualified ESL specialist teachers
  • Interaction with local Canadian students who act as mentors and encourage participants to use and develop their English skills
  • Weekly academic field trips, evening and weekend activities and weekend overnight excursions
  • Admission to all attractions
  • Accommodation in our campus residences
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off from the Victoria International Airport
  • Three meals per day plus evening snack
  • SMUS program souvenir
  • Program certificate
  • Program academic report
  • iTEP official test and score report
  • Program completion ceremony
  • Curricula tailored to students' interest and ability levels
  • Comprehensive medical insurance
  • Free campus-wide wifi.

2022 Dates

July 10 - August 6, 2022
Arrivals: Sundays
Departures: Saturdays

Summer Boarding Prices

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Summer Boarding Prices

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ELL Summer Program Fact Sheet

ELL Summer Program Fact Sheet

ELL Summer Program Fact Sheet

Published: September, 2020

A fact sheet for our ELL Summer Program.

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Student Profile: Upper Intermediate and advanced, ages 13-17
Class Size: maximum 15
High School Credits: 4

Entrance Requirements:

  • Upper Intermediate: 4.0 in IELTS or equivalent
  • Advanced: 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent

Our 4-week intensive Academic English program provides students the knowledge, skills and strategies to successfully transition into an English secondary school or university and for those who are seeking an academically rigorous English program.

This program is designed for English speakers who understand idiomatic language, advanced grammatical structures, and complex speech. Students will stretch their communication competencies through participation in leadership training activities. Students will develop problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills. Content includes:

  • the writing process – planning outlines, constructing paragraphs, developing thesis statements, and supporting the thesis with analogy, established fact, and quotations
  • academic integrity – citing, paraphrasing, and avoiding plagiarism
  • effective group-work training: turn-taking, working in culturally diverse groups, negotiating, cross-cultural communication skills
  • public speaking skills including monologues, debates, recitations, and other opportunities to present publicly
  • social media and Internet skills
  • intercultural communication skills

Student Profile: Beginner to advanced, ages 12-17
Class Size: maximum 15

Our weekly General English program combines classroom studies with activities and workshops in the afternoon for students to practice their speaking skills in real-life scenarios. This program was designed for students with emerging and basic English language skills. Classes focus on the development and mastery of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. Content includes vocabulary enrichment; improving knowledge and use of basic and intermediate grammatical structures; and progression from writing simple sentences to creating cohesive, meaningful paragraphs. Teachers integrate the use of a broad range of technologies to apply this content by teaching effective Internet research skills, proper format for email and online communication, and practicing presentation skills with small and large groups.