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EC Virtual Online University Pathways FAQs

1.Why have we created an online University Pathways learning option?
We want students to have the chance to begin their pathway journey from their home country, putting them in a position to be ready to start university or college when they can travel to Canada. 

2.How will the students' lessons be delivered?
Lessons will be delivered through Microsoft Teams, a great platform for remote learning that works from any desktop, tablet, or phone. Microsoft Teams has everything teachers need to create engaging learning environments, from content and assignments to collaborative classrooms and chats. We will email the students with instructions of how to log into the Teams website for free access to the full Microsoft Office suite, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint products for one year. 

3.Will the teacher be present at all times?
Yes, all classes are taught ‘face-to-face’ online with a qualified and experienced teacher. 

4.Do EC Virtual lessons follow the same curriculum as in-person classes?
Yes! Online classes will follow the same University Pathway Programme curriculum, as approved by our University Partners and supplemented by our online learning platform EC Online for self-study. . 

5. What are the starting course dates?
EC Virtual University Pathways will have start dates every 5 weeks. Please see our Price List for details. 

6.Is there a minimum number of students needed to start a class on the specific start date?
Please consult EC Virtual University Pathways T&Cs for the most recent update.

7.How many students will there be in a class?
Classes will have a maximum of 10 students.

8. What is included in the price?
• 18 hours per week of online face-to face lessons + assessments
• Full access to EC Online with many self-study resources
• FREE access to Microsoft Office for 12 months including Word, PowerPoint, and much more
• Acceptance to one of our many university or college partners in Canada
• Certificate on successful completion of the course

9. How many classes will students have to attend each day/week?
18 hours / 24 lessons per week, delivered Monday – Friday.

10.Can you give a bit more details around how each lesson will be structured?
Students attend closed core classes and an EAP special focus for three levels. They take 10 projects per level where study skills are woven into the entire course. Students take a regular progress assessment at every level. There is a lot of continuity between the core and special focus. In some cases, though, the electives will have a language/grammar/vocabulary focused component.

11. Will the classes be mixed level, if the minimum is Upper Intermediate? From time to time classes could have mixed levels. The teacher can differentiate the task between levels so that students can learn simultaneously according to their own linguistic and academic needs.
12. What if a student is below Upper Intermediate level but wants to take EC Virtual University Pathways?
If a student doesn't have the required English level for a Pathway Programme, she/he can take our pre-sessional course, EC Virtual Pathways to to advance her/his English to the required level.

13. How long will students have access to EC Online?
Students have full access to EC Online for 3 months after their course ends.

14.How will EC Online compliment the student’s pathway journey?
With EC Online, students can study through a variety of online learning activities such as tests, lessons, texts and videos, which are assigned based on the students’ learning needs. They can also have an academic follow-up (students with more than 12 weeks), access to student management (attendance, absences, classes, tutorials). EC Online is available from enrolment confirmation until 3 months after the end of the program.

15.Will there be an exit test?
There will be continuous assessment throughout the course to make sure students have reached the level needed to pass the course. Students will be counselled on their progress throughout the program.

16. Will the student get a certificate?
Yes, if students pass the course, they will receive a University Pathway Programme certificate stating their level.

17.Will there be an online speaking/writing test?
Yes, a speaking and writing test will be taken through the online platform.

18. What happens to classes missed because of holidays?
Holidays when no classes will be held are the following: 01 Jan, 15 Feb, 02 Apr, 24 May, 01 Jul, 02 Aug, 06 Sep, 11 Oct, 11 Nov, 24 Dec and Dec 27. Lessons on all holidays will not be made up, as in our in-school courses.

19. What does a University Pathway curriculum look like?
The Oxford EAP textbook series is used for the core classes. Each 5-week term has 5 projects: 2 speaking & 2 writing. Marking rubrics included for each project. That means in a 10-week level, students will complete 10 projects. For each writing and speaking project, students will complete an in-class peer feedback task. Worksheets are provided for each project. Students must complete 10 weeks of the leveled course. They take a regular Progress Assessment in their 10th week.