Humanities courses help you master the language of self-expression and human behaviour. Dynamic classroom environments invite you to explore and debate global social issues. Performing and visual arts classes deepen the language learning experience as you express yourself through artistic design, creative writing, drama and film.
Humanities (3 hour classes)
Creative English – Storytelling
Explore the creative side of English through dramatic role-play, storytelling, music, poetry and drawing. Study all the skills and then apply them to a creative end, from grammar to writing, pronunciation to public speaking and beyond.
Creative English – Writing to Speaking
Expand spoken English skills from written ones through storytelling, descriptive conversation and writing techniques for different genres as well as informal and formal presentation skills.
English Through Acting/Drama
Improve English dramatically with four exciting weeks spent brainstorming, writing, rehearsing and performing an original play. No previous drama experience is necessary.
This class is a 4.5 hour class in Vancouver.
English Through Filmmaking
Write, direct, shoot and edit a short film in English. Learn the basics of digital video while applying English skills to all production roles. No previous filmmaking experience is necessary.
This class is a 4.5 hour class in Vancouver.
English Through Green Leadership
In this course, students will learn vocabulary, expand listening and fluency skills, prepare, write and deliver presentations and expand their overall English language skills, while focusing on a blend of leadership and environmental topics. What can one person do? What can awareness bring us? How can we work together as a team to make change happen? In this course students challenge themselves to discuss and reflect on the environmental issues current on the North West Coast of Canada as well as some of the pro-active policies put into place to maintain eco-diversity and build upon green initiatives. Content-rich learning is both engaging and challenging, and to be successful, students must come prepared to discuss, share opinions and present ideas.
English Through International Current Events
Master the language of international affairs and keep pace with today's changing political climate. Practice English through debates on politics, economics and law. Instructional media for this course includes television, video and the Internet.
English Through Journalism
The English through Journalism course develops students' English writing skills with an integrated focus on vocabulary and grammar development. In the English through Journalism course students get the opportunity to develop English writing skills through the fun and exciting context of journalism: Students are given the opportunity to become an investigative reporter for the ILSC Student Newspaper. Students develop and refine English writing skills by researching topics in their host countries and writing short articles and blogs. Students have the opportunity to explore the city, investigate issues that are important to them and build solid writing and interviewing skills.
People & Places Through Time
This course enables students to develop English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through the fascinating subject of history. Students will practice English speaking skills through discussion, presentations, debates and role-plays of various historical events and people. They will develop reading skills by analyzing and comprehending articles, texts and video footage on historical events and people. Students will acquire and use new vocabulary throughout the class, and will implement writing and presentation skills in a month-end assignment on an historical event or person
Humanities (1.5 hour classes)
These 1.5 hour classes provide focused study skills and complement the three hour classes.
English Through Advertising and Media
Focus on developing English writing, speaking, listening and reading skills through exploring the commercial advertising industry. Students will review, discuss and analyze global TV commercials and advertising trends, and will write, direct and film a short TV commercial.
English Through Art
Explore the language of art, art critique and art production. Practise English through drawing, painting, sculpting, writing in a creative journal and visiting art exhibits around the city. No previous art experience is necessary.
English Through Canadian Studies
In this course, students will develop their English skills while they explore Canadian history, geography, culture, art and politics. Students will practise English by discussing contemporary local, regional and national issues.
English Through Comedy
Explore and examine the variety and nature of comedy in English through film, TV series', sketch shows and political satire. In addition to absorbing language, see how different types of comedy are used in North America.
English Through Film & Video
Expand knowledge of colloquial vocabulary and idiomatic expressions by studying and discussing films. Learn about cinematic techniques, read and write movie reviews, and discuss culture and ideas presented in films.
English Through Filmmaking
In this course, students will develop their English skills through writing, directing, shooting and editing a short film in English. Students will learn the basics of digital video while applying English skills to all production roles. No previous filmmaking experience is necessary.
English through Media Studies
This course is for those who want to develop their English skills through exploring media, social media and their impact on society. Students analyze both the structure and context of newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet.
English Through Photography
In this course, students will develop their English skills as they learn the history of photography, discuss and critique photographs and get involved in creative photographic projects. Students will learn about the various forms of photography: documentary, journalistic, commercial, fashion, portraiture, event, art photography, nature etc., and will end the session by exhibiting their work in the school, as well as posting it on a free website.
English Through Yoga
In English Through Yoga, students will develop English listening skills as they learn to follow physical instructions accurately while mastering the vocabulary of anatomy and movement. Students will also gain physical strength, flexibility and stress management skills.
Linguistics 101: How Language Works
How can you write your name in other alphabets? What makes your language different from and similar to others? What sounds do they use to build words, and how are those put together to make a meaningful sentence? How can that same sentence have many meanings? Find out the answers to all these questions (and more) by exploring the weird and wonderful world of language science.
Enhance knowledge of everyday colloquial English to communicate more easily with native speakers outside the classroom. Informal language including idioms, phrasal verbs and slang, are taught for practical, real life situations using a variety of authentic materials such as TV shows, commercials and blogs.