CELPIP Preparation Program

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Ashton College offers a CELPIP Preparation Program for those planning on taking the CELPIP test. This program is designed to prepare students for individual components of the CELPIP-General and the CELPIP-General LS tests.

The CELPIP Preparation Program allows potential test takers to fully prepare for different components of the CELPIP test, increasing their ability to achieve their target score. For many newcomers to Canada, a high score in language proficiency is a step towards raising their Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) and improving their Express Entry profile.

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The CELPIP Preparation Program has been developed by CELPIP experts to assist test takers and ensure they maximize their performance and demonstrate their true level of English language on the test day. The program focuses on improving students’ language skills and helping them better understand the test format, style and expectations.

Benefits of Taking the CELPIP Preparation Program

  • Become familiar with the test format and performance expectations
  • Learn about the question types and how to respond to them
  • Sharpen your English skills
  • Learn how to build your vocabulary
  • Become a confident CELPIP test taker

Key Features of the Program

  • Six lessons for each test component
  • Practice test items in all skills modules
  • Homework to reinforce learning and the development of good study habits
  • Vocabulary-building activities

Applicants must be high school graduates and 19 years or older at the start of the applicant’s course.

Format

This course is offered both in-class and LIVE online.

  • In-class: delivered from our Vancouver campuses.
  • Online: delivered LIVE online through face to face instructor-led webinars using Adobe Connect and Google Apps.

Duration

72 hours (18 hours per module). Each module is comprised of six 3-hour sessions, for a total of 18 hours per module.

  • In-class: part-time, six 3-hour sessions per module.
  • Online: part-time, eight sessions per module (2.25 hours each).

Vancouver

Classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

  • Listening: October 23, 2017 – November 1, 2017
  • Writing: November 6, 2017 – November 16, 2017
  • Speaking: November 20, 2017 – November 29, 2017
  • Reading: December 4, 2017 – December 13, 2017

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LIVE Online

Classes are held Mondays to Thursdays.

  • Speaking: November 20, 2017 – November 30, 2017
  • Reading: December 4, 2017 – December 14, 2017
  • Listening: January 8, 2017 – January 18, 2017
  • Writing: January 22, 2017 – February 1, 2017

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Listening Module

This module gives an overview of the question types and expected responses for the listening component of the CELPIP test. This module focuses on the following key areas:

  • Developing an understanding of the situation after listening to it once;
  • Learning to identify the context, main ideas and supporting details for each situation;
  • Anticipating the questions and potential responses, including key factual information;
  • Vocabulary building; and
  • Using abbreviations and developing note-taking strategies.

Students will practice identifying relevant and irrelevant information, interpreting visual clues, distinguishing between facts and opinions, and recognizing the differences between summaries and paraphrases. The course is delivered in the following format:

  • CELPIP Performance standards and expectations for the listening test;
  • Listening skills;
  • Listening test format;
  • Listening practice test booklet;
  • Predictions based on pictures;
  • Reduced speech in conversation; and
  • Introduction of vocabulary journal and thematic vocabulary worksheets.

Reading Module

This module prepares students for the fundamental practices in reading that can be used during the reading component of the CELPIP test. The core topics include:

  • Active and passive reading strategies;
  • Retrieving meaning from the context;
  • Making improvement in reading speed; and
  • Eliminating wrong answers.

Students will increase their proficiency in the following tasks:

  • Identifying the main ideas in the text;
  • Developing an overall understanding of meaning based on a given context;
  • Understanding paragraph divisions and learning to locate relevant paragraphs and/or sections in the text;
  • Recognizing the writer’s tone and intentions;
  • Separating facts from opinions and identifying different viewpoints;
  • Applying logic and finding connections between the reading materials and the questions; and
  • Gaining more experience with timed reading.

The course is delivered in the following format:

  • CELPIP Performance standards and expectations for the reading test;
  • Reading skills: active vs. passive reading;
  • Reading skills: eliminating wrong answers;
  • Reading practice; and
  • Introduction to vocabulary journal and thematic vocabulary worksheets.

Writing Module

This module provides a comprehensive teaching on the best writing strategies for the writing component of the CELPIP test. The key learning areas include:

  • Writing professional and personal emails;
  • Understanding the use of indirect questions and tone;
  • Formatting and dividing text into appropriate paragraphs;
  • Expressing opinions in writing;
  • Using conjunctions and synonyms; and
  • Avoiding repetition.

Students will develop note-taking techniques, learn to manage their time, and identify common writing errors and how to correct them. Special attention will be given to the use of transitional words and phrases.

The course is delivered in the following format:

  • CELPIP Performance standards and expectations for the writing test;
  • Writing skills: precision and meaning;
  • Writing skills: identifying common errors;
  • Writing practice; and
  • Introduction to vocabulary journal and thematic vocabulary worksheets.

Speaking Module

This module helps students develop ideas and improve their speaking skills for the speaking component of the CELPIP test. Students will learn the following skills:

  • Organizing thoughts;
  • Giving advice;
  • Using WH questions (who, what, where, why, how) for narratives;
  • Implementing time expressions and transitions.

Students will develop a skillset in the following areas:

  • Using prepositions;
  • Creating informative descriptions;
  • Making predictions;
  • Making choices and elaborating on the reasons for those choices;
  • Making comparisons;
  • Describing photos in detail; and
  • Effectively using intonation and inflexion.

Special attention will be given to students’ ability to state their opinion and the difference between weak and convincing reasons. The course is delivered in the following format:

  • CELPIP Performance standards and expectations for the speaking test;
  • Speaking skills: general review;
  • Speaking skills: developing and expanding ideas; and
  • Introduction of vocabulary journal and thematic vocabulary worksheets.

 

The registration fee for this course is $1,000* ($250* for each module).

* Does not include the cost of all required materials and/or textbooks in the registration fee.