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Keeping learning on track in a pandemic: Adult Education student upgrades English skills over summer break

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What does the Vancouver School District’s Adult Education summer term usually look like? In previous years, students learned inside the classroom. However, due to the ongoing challenges brought by COVID-19, students instead learned online for this year’s summer term. 

The District’s Adult Education program provides students aged 16 years and older with courses from the literacy level to secondary school completion. There were more than 400 students enrolled in the summer 2020 term, which ended on August 5. David Morita, principal of the District’s Adult Education program says that overall, the term went smoothly, and having courses available online turned out to be very convenient for many individuals and families. 

“Online learning during the pandemic made our program quite popular for those coming back to school or preparing for post-secondary,” says Morita. “The summer term felt different, but there were a variety of ways teachers maintained a solid connection with their students.”

Grade 11 student Lydia Lee chose to upgrade her English language skills through the District’s Adult Education online summer program. Lee met with her teacher through video chat to discuss course material and ask questions. “Even during this hard time, my teacher tried to make our lessons as flexible as possible and not deviate us from the ultimate goal,” says Lee.

Lee says she shifted her focus to becoming more independent with her learning. “I think online learning creates plenty of flexibility, and teachers work hard to make the lessons more interesting,” Lee adds. “I think it is worth taking courses [through Adult Education], especially for people like me who are older than 19.” 

Like Lee and her peers, many people continue to pursue their goals while adjusting to the new normal amidst the pandemic. Through the past several months, the District’s Adult Education staff have followed the direction from the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Education and will continue to do so in the coming fall term. “We look forward to continuing to work with our students and support their learning, whether it’s in-person or online.” says Morita. 

The District’s Adult Education fall term will run from September to November 6. Registration opened on July 8, continues through the summer, and closes in early September.

There are many opportunities available for people looking to boost their grades or upgrade their education, even in a pandemic. What are you waiting for? Expand your future with the District’s Adult Education program! For more information, visit

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