How does Express English work?
Express English is VGC’s online part-time English program and is made up of 3 courses in 3 different levels that are delivered twice a day. Each class is 50 minutes in duration. As an Express English student, you can choose one, two or even all three classes offered by VGC, pick the class time that fits your schedule and login to your live classes. The 3 different courses offered are Conversational English, Universal English and English Skills, all focusing on different aspects of the language. To learn more about the different course options and available times, visit our program page.
Do I pay the same price if I only take one class, instead of all 3?
The Express English subscription works on a weekly basis and always includes access to all of the offered courses. We currently offer a Class Pass promotion, that gives you a weekly pass to access all classes at all times at a preferred rate. This gives you the flexibility to choose the classes that work best for your schedule every day. Contact [email protected] to learn more about our promotional offer.
Can I take the Speaking class only?
Yes, absolutely! If you are interested in working specifically on your speaking skills, you can choose to take our Conversational English classes only. That being said, all of our classes offered in Express English will contribute to developing your overall language and speaking skills.
Are classes recorded?
No, all classes happen live so you can have the experience of interacting with your teacher and classmates and getting feedback in real time.
Do I have to let VGC know in advance which classes/times I'm planning on studying?
No. The schedule is flexible. Once you are registered for Express English and have received your class information, you can take any of the classes at your level that you want.
Can I change my class schedule from a week to another if I need to?
Absolutely! Express English is very flexible and you can take as many classes each week as you like and as it works with your schedule. Our program is designed to be flexible and you will still be able to follow classes even if you miss a session.
Can I do my Pathway with Express English?
No. Express English is a part-time program and is therefore not compatible with VGC’s University Pathway Program. Students looking for a Pathway to a Canadian University can apply for VGC’s University Preparation Program, which is our accredited full-time program that is also offered through VGC Virtual. For more information on the schedule and process of VGC’s Online University Preparation Program, visit our program page.
How do I level up in Express English?
If you think you are ready to move to the next level in Express English then you can request to take a level test. The results of this test will show if you are ready for the next level. We recommend that you also speak to your teachers about levelling up to get their opinion. When you feel you are ready to take the test, simply email [email protected] and make the request. We will then send you the details.
When do the tests happen?
As the placement tests are all online, you can take them whenever is most convenient for you. We ask that you take the test no later than the Thursday before you wish to start. There aren’t set tests within the Express English Classes, though your teacher may give you short quizzes to check your learning.
Can I advance my VGC levels with Express English? Does it Count for my Pathway time?
Yes, Express English is offered in 3 levels ranging from Beginner to Advanced. If you advance from one level to the next, this is transferable to our Global English classes. As mentioned above, for students to progress from one level to the next, they need to take the level test.
Express English classes do not count for Pathway time, as it is a part-time program.
How many lessons/week?
There are 15 classes a week, each offered twice per day, so you have the opportunity to take up to 30 lessons a week. How many you want to take is up to you. Want to take only a couple of classes? No problem. Want to take every class available? Great!
Does it require the same online placement tests as the full-time core program?
Yes, all of our programs use the same test to determine your overall level of English.
What's the minimum age?
The minimum age to study at VGC is 15.
If I'm already a VGC student do you accept my level or do I have to re-take the placement test? If I want to move from my Express English program to a full-time program, do I have to take the online test again?
If you are a current VGC student who wants to take Express English you do not have to re-take the placement test. We will use your current level to place you in the best class for you.
This also works the other way around. If you want to change from Express English into one of our full-time programs, you will not have to take the online test again.
I'm a current VGC student, can I take Express English when I go back to my own country?
Of course! We would love to see you in our Express English classes! If you want to do this, please talk to your marketer.
How do I get my class information for Express English?
Every weekend you will be sent an email with your class information for the following week with any passwords/zoom codes you need.
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