VanWest College has delivered high quality language training since 1988. With campuses in both downtown Vancouver and in the beautiful Okanagan City of Kelowna, VanWest has received the Education Quality Assurance, (EQA), seal from the government of British Columbia recognizing that VanWest meets their quality assurance standards for post-secondary education.
VanWest offers general English language training from introductory to advanced levels; exam preparation courses; English for Business and workplace, (BULATS); English for Academic Purposes, (EAP) and; College and University pathways programs; guaranteeing that students have met the English language requirements of entry into programs at partner colleges and universities without further testing.
With small classrooms, qualified teaching staff and personal education plans for each student, VanWest guarantees success to all students who follow the prescribed VanWest Personal Education Plan of Study.
- Personalized Education Plan to track academic progress.
- Theme based lessons in everyday contexts.
- Weekly lesson assessment.
- Monthly proficiency test.
- 45 minutes lessons
Core English (20 lessons per week) will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as we train you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing
Intensive English (25 lessons per week) is the core english class which trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, with an added elective class.
Optimum English (30 lessons per week) is the core english class which trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, with two added elective classes.
English for Academic Purpose (EAP)
- Focus on time management, group project, and study skills for success.
- Have a solid base of academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
- Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Communicate effectively and confidently in a natural way.
- Prepare and deliver presentations and participate in class discussions.
- Improve organizational skills.
- Feel confident and comfortable in class and the workplace.
English for Exam Preparation (IELTS)
IELTS is a universally recognized English proficiency qualification accepted by most English speaking universities in the world
VanWest IELTS prepares students from intermediate to advanced levels using authentic test materials
- Improve skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing
- Teach students how to study strategically
- Introduce test strategies and teach how to apply them
- Reduce test anxiety
English for Business and Workplace (BULATS)
BULATS measures the ability of non native speakers to communicate in English in everyday business environments.
The course is an excellent choice for students who use, or plan to use, English for business or the workplace.
BULATS instructors are highly experienced professionals with strong academic English and business backgrounds.
Students receive monthly pre-tests and the OFFICIAL BULATS test is offered at the College every 4 weeks
CROSS-CULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION CERTIFICATE
This program will prepare students for entry-level employment in culturally diverse workplaces where English is the primary language. Students will understand the impact of culture in a workplace, improve communication skills and learn practical skills such as resume writing, interview and job-search skills.
Duration: 2 months
COMMERCE & MARKETING CO-OP DIPLOMA
This program focuses on the fundamental principles of business and gives graduates hands-on skills to gain employment in the commerce and marketing sector. The program incorporates current business concepts and real-life examples to illustrate a global view of the corporate commerce and marketing environment. Students will study from a broad range of subjects including marketing principles, customer relationship, the process of market research and financial management. Students are given ample opportunity to practice, apply, and develop their marketing and commerce skills under the guidance of instructors with a wealth of experience and knowledge.
The Co-op is an integral component of the Commerce and Marketing Co-op Diploma program as it will provide students with an opportunity to integrate academic studies with related employment experience. Students will experience real-world business practices and return to the classroom with new perspectives gained from their employment. Graduates will be able to perform multifaceted business functions such as project management, business analysis, accounting, sales, teamwork, and research to support the marketing activities of an organization.
Duration: 22 months
CROSS-CULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION DIPLOMA
This program provides students with opportunities to develop essential skills and work habits required for success in all types of workplaces. Students will explore the realities of the workplace and examine factors that determine success, while refining their job-search and employability skills. Students will examine group dynamics, learn the value of diversity within groups, improve communication skills and learn practical skills such as resume writing, interview and job-search skills. Students will prepare to sit an official BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) test which will demonstrate an accurate level of workplace language skill.
Duration: 6 months
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CO-OP DIPLOMA
The program will provide students with practical skills and strategies as well as specialized knowledge required to be effective leaders and managers. Students will acquire a well-rounded set of essential skills necessary to guide businesses towards meeting their strategic goals. With a focus on real-world business applications of key management concepts, students will develop broad skill sets that may be applied to management, marketing, accounting, communication and leadership.
The Co-op is an integral component of the Business Management Co-op Diploma program as it will provide students with an opportunity to integrate academic studies with related employment experience. Students will experience real-world business practices and return to the classroom with new perspectives gained from their employment. A distinctive feature of the Business Management program is the wide variety of co-op job placements available to graduates. They will apply interpersonal and other core skills used by supervisors.
Duration: 13 months
PROFESSIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE CO-OP CERTIFICATE
This program will provide students with the fundamental knowledge of business procedures and customer relationships that are required to succeed in customer service and sales environments. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for entry-level customer service and sales employment in a wide variety of businesses. Students will learn how to maximize their customer service skills to improve overall customer and business relationships and how to implement strategies to communicate effectively in diverse work environments.
The Co-op is an integral component of the program as it will provide students with an opportunity to integrate academic studies with related employment experience. Students will enhance workplace skills and theory learned during their academic semesters through hands-on practice and return to the classroom with new perspectives gained from their employment. Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and practical skills in public and customer relations such as strategies to meet the needs of multi-cultural customers, communicate effectively across cultures, work as part of a team, problem-solve and manage difficult customer situations, develop customer relationships and create value for their employer.
Duration: 8 months