“Language Coop Programs at WTC are programs which formally integrate a student’s language studies with organized work experience. These programs consist of two components: an in-class study component and a work practicum component. The work practicum component has the objective of exposing a student to natural language in context in order to expand their productive and receptive language skills.”
Below are the most popular Language Coop Programs, however students can apply for different periods of study. WTC sets the minimum program length at 24 weeks.
IN CLASS COMPONENT + WORK EXPERIENCE COMPONENT = LANGUAGE COOP PROGRAM
|In-Class Component||Work Experience Component*||Language Coop Program|
|12 weeks||12 weeks||24 weeks|
|16 weeks||16 weeks||32 weeks|
|20 weeks||20 weeks||40 weeks|
|24 weeks||24 weeks||48 weeks|
*The work experience component cannot exceed 50% of the total duration of the Language Coop Program.
The Language Coop Program begins at WTC with English language studies in the classroom for a designated period. WTC requires a minimum of 12 weeks of language study however the length of in-class study is dependent on your goals for language learning and the length of study available in Canada.
Students will take a placement test on the first day of classes and will work with the student advisor to select a program of study. WTC has 7 levels of ESL classes and specialty ESL classes to choose from. Students must be full time students and will follow the following time schedule.
WTC recommends that students be at level 6 or higher before entering the work experience component and reserves the right to delay entry based on level.
Students must maintain a grade average of 75% and keep attendance above 80% to successfully complete the in-class component.
This is an essential part of your program of study and must be completed for successful graduation from the Language Coop Program. It cannot exceed 50% of the total duration of the Language Coop Program and WTC requires a minimum of 12 weeks of work experience.
WTC offers two options for placement during the Work Experience Component:
For successful completion, students must complete the full work experience component, must submit monthly progress reports and must remain compliant with the terms and conditions of the work permit.
Work experience placements will be arranged by reputable partners of WTC. Partners have agreed in writing to follow WTC policies and procedures for the Language Coop Program. Students may also choose to find a work placement on their own.
The placement will likely be in British Columbia, however other areas of Canada can be considered if a suitable placement is found.
The work experience placement can be done with private, public, and non-profit companies and organizations, subject to certain excluded fields. The work practicum can be paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time. Here are some industries and positions that students may be placed …
|Café/ Restaurant||Barista, Counter Staff, Server, Host/Hostess|
|Trade/ Import-Export||Customer Service, HR Assistant, Inventory Taker, Logistics Intern, Office Administrator|
|Retail||Customer Service, Sales Clerk, Retail Assistant|
|Finance||Cashier, Office Clerk, Accounting Assistant, Marketing Assistant|
|IT||Programmer Assistant, Web Developer|
|Marketing||Marketing Assistant, Consumer Research Staff|
|Office||Office Clerk, HR Assistant, Finance Assistant, Receptionist, Office Administrator, Legal Assistant|
|Engineering||Assistant Engineer, Assistant Designer|
|Science||Chemistry and Biology Lab Assistant|
The placement MUST comply with all applicable Canadian federal, provincial and territorial laws and regulations. All placements will be with an employer who agrees to meet obligations under the
Paid placements will pay minimum wage or higher in the province of placement.
General minimum wage in British Columbia is $10.25 per hour. There are some exceptions to this depending on the industry (read more at click here).
The maximum wage will depend on the employer and the industry (type of work being done).
Unpaid placements or placements paid by a stipend will meet the following conditions.
WTC has an onsite Placement Coordinator to monitor and support students. Students can expect …
WTC guarantees to students enrolled in the Work Experience Program that policies and procedures are in place as required by Languages Canada. Contact your school advisor should you have any questions or concerns.