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English Language Immersion

The English Language Immersion (ELI) program includes a variety of English language courses, mixed with Bible and theology classes. The program is designed to improve the student’s English in preparation for future studies.

ELI is different from typical ESL programs in that it exists to enrich the Christian life of intermediate and advanced English language learners. Alongside classes, students are immersed in college life, having the opportunity to attend chapels and participate in student ministry teams. It is an approachable way to practice English in a Christian environment.

This program is a great option for students who don’t meet our minimum TOEFL or ILET requirements. Upon completion of ELI, students who meet the acceptable academic standards may be eligible to enter a traditional PLBC program.

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"I found a deep passion for the word of God"

Before I came to PLBC, I wasn’t really interested in the bible or theology, I mainly came to learn English. While studying in the ELI program, I not only improved my English, but found a deep passion for the word of God.

Mai Yoshino

The Specifics.

Purpose

This program gives advanced English language learners an opportunity to study the Bible and Christian doctrine in an English-speaking environment, as well as receive formal English language   training.

The English Language Immersion (ELI) program is different from ESL programs in that it exists to enrich the Christian life of intermediate and advanced English language learners. Students receive a selection of formal English language training, enroll in Bible and theology classes, and are immersed in the life of the college by attending chapels and participating in student ministry teams. It is a welcoming way to practice English in a Christian setting.

Program Length

Students may study for 4 or 8 months. International students require a visitor’s visa for one semester (4 months) or a Canada Immigration study permit to study full-time for two semesters (8-month   program).

Evaluation and Credit

Students are evaluated at the beginning of the program to determine their current level of English proficiency. Grades for English courses are based on how the student has advanced from where they started the program. In this way, the program has an aspect of being personally tailored to the individual learner. Students of this program do not receive academic credit transferable to the college’s other certificate, diploma, or degree programs.

Christian Service, Ministry Experience, and Chapel

In addition to coursework, you will complete 40 hours of Christian service in a “Ministry Experience”   for each semester. We are a spiritual learning community where life together in prayer and worship is    a priority. We gather weekly for chapel. Students are required to attend 75% of scheduled chapels each semester.

Entrance Requirements

The applicant must be an intermediate English language learner and meet the regular requirements for admission outlined in the catalogue. International students require a visitor’s visa for one semester (4 months) or a Canada Immigration study permit to study full-time for two semesters (8-month   program).

What You Will Learn
  • Know the major eras, themes, and persons of the Bible.
  • Read and write English with greater profiency.
  • Listen to and speak English with greater proficiency.
Requirements
  • You will complete four English courses in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well  as receive weekly tutoring in English.
  • You will complete the following courses: Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey,  Survey of Christian Beliefs, Spiritual Formation I, Gospels, and Evangelism Strategies.
  • For the Bible and ministry courses, you attend the same lectures as credit students, but    have different assignments.
  • ELI students do not receive college credit for their Pacific Life Bible College  courses.

ENGLISH COURSES

Private English Tutoring
Listening and Speaking English
Reading and Writing English

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY COURSES

Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
The Gospels
Survey of Christian Beliefs
Spiritual Formation I
Evangelism Strategies

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