Intensive English Language and Culture – ICU SEA

Intensive English Language and Culture (IELC) Program

In the McGill ICU-SEA program, you will be joining the Intensive English Language and Culture (IELC) program at McGill’s School of Continuing Studies. The coordinator for this program is Kevin Callahan kevin.callahan@mcgill.ca

Levels

IELC has 7 levels and 8 courses. Each course lasts 6 weeks.

Course Code Course Name
CEGL 213 Elementary 1
CEGL 223 Elementary 2
CEGL 313 Intermediate 1
CEGL 323 Intermediate 2
CEGL 333 Intermediate 3
CEGL 355 Bridge to Proficiency
CEGL 413 / CEGL 423 Advanced A / Advanced B

Placement Test

There are two parts of the placement test – a written part and an oral interview (by Skype). Both parts contribute to placing you in the best level for you.

Schedule

You will have two teachers for your IELC course, Instructor A and Instructor B. Normally, Instructor A teaches from Monday to Thursday (mornings plus Monday afternoon) and Instructor B teaches Tuesday to Friday (afternoons plus Friday morning). Your class will be visited by conversation partners twice a week at lunch time, so you can get some extra speaking practice then, as you eat your lunch in the classroom. On Friday afternoons (week 2 to 5), the conversation partners organize special cultural activities after school.

  Monday* Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday*
 

9h30 – 12h00

 

 

Class Instructor A

 

 

 

Class Instructor A

 

Class Instructor A

 

Class Instructor A

 

Class Instructor B

 

12h00 – 13h00

 

 

lunch

 

lunch with Conversation Partners**

 

lunch

 

lunch with Conversation Partners**

 

lunch

 

13h00 – 15h30

 

 

 

Class Instructor A

 

Class Instructor B

 

Class Instructor B

 

Class Instructor B

 

Class Instructor B

 

15h15-

17h30

 

Cultural activity with Conversation Partners

*class finishes at 3:00 PM
**twice a week – your class may have a different schedule

Materials

Your teacher will provide some photocopied material in class, but sometimes you may need to download materials from the MyCourses site, or bring your tablet to view it in class. In some levels you may need to buy an extra book.

An IELC class in a classroomConversation Partners

Conversation partners are English-first-language McGill students (usually studying Education) who come to help IELC students practice conversation as a part-time job. They will visit your class at lunch time and organize special activities on Fridays. These special activities include visits to museums or tourist attractions, social events or cultural festivals. Most activities are free, but you may need to pay admission fees for some events. The teachers will tell you the schedule of events.

Cultural Discovery Project

Each level has a  unique special group project that they work on for a few weeks, leading to a presentation near the end of the course. This is the Cultural Discovery Project (CDP). In most levels, this requires going out of the classroom to visit somewhere or interview someone as part of your research. The subjects are related to some aspect of Montreal, Quebecois or Canadian culture.

MyCourses

Every course at McGill has a MyCourses page, where you teacher will put documents, listening, links, activities, assignments and other material for the course. It is like a webpage for the course. You can access MyCourses with this link: https://mycourses2.mcgill.ca/ Click on McGill to log in with your McGill username (your McGill email address) and password.

Image courtesy Megan Hudson, McGill University