English as a Second Language
Covid-19 Response and our Delivery of Services
Fall 2020: Language Training courses at Columbia will continue being delivered online in the fall of 2020 with a limited face to face available services. Using our computer labs, we will offer technology support along with language training to a number of our students who require additional assistance. Our highly trained LINC & ESL instructors are available on site to respond to the needs of our students at a limited capacity following a hybrid model of on line and face to face instruction.
With all Public Health measures and safety precautions in place, our staff and students will be able to work on site for a limited number of hours. We have worked diligently in the past few months to ensure we put in place every possible measure we need to ensure the safety of those who are coming in for available services. In the meantime, all of our classes are also delivered virtually using Microsoft Teams for those who would like to continue their studies on line.
Please contact our office at 403-235-9300 for any further inquiry.
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Our ESL programs offers you the opportunity to choose your pathway and achieve your career goal. You can develop the communications skills needed for living, working, and learning in an English speaking environment. You can achieve a promotion at your place of work.
Our classes are small so you easily get the attention of your facilitator.
Alberta Human Services Grant funding may be available for both full-time and part-time eligible students.
- full-time day classes – 4.5 Hours per day, Monday – Friday – total of 22.5 hours per week
- Hours: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
- ESL classes are available from Basic Literacy to Advanced ESL.
- Small classes (average size of 15 students)
- Tutoring support available – individual, group, and in-class
- Career advising for short-term and long-term planning
- Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Grammar, Numeracy (Math)
- Pronunciation and Speech Clarity
- Communication & Presentation Skills Course
- Writing Enhancement Course
- Computer courses
- English for Academic Purposes Courses
- Work Strategies & Work Experience Courses
- Integrated Computer Study into all classes – scheduled computer classes
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- Students may be evaluated by Immigrant Language and Vocational Assessment Referral (ILVARC) to determine placement in the program
Take a Columbia College ESL Assessment
- Permanent Residents or Convention Refugees are encouraged to take the LINC Program before applying for the ESL Program. Permanent Residents will require to present a LINC certificate with BMs 4 in listening/speaking when they apply for citizenship. To receive a LINC certificate, clients need to attend the LINC Program.
Course List and Descriptions
For a full list of courses and course descriptions for this program, please click here.
Columbia College Continuing Education ESL Courses – Choose Your Path!
Our Continuing Education ESL courses give you the opportunity to come to school in the evening and gradually make progress in enhancing your English language skills. We will give you strategies to practice every day! A free language assessment is given on the first day of classes, so you will know what to work on.
We offer courses (CLB 4-8) in Listening and Speaking; Reading/Writing/Grammar; Pronunciation and Speech Clarity. These are fee payer courses at competitive rates. Click here to see more information and to see what course or courses will fit you the best.
Start Dates (Day Program)
New semesters begin each:
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I start school?
There are 3 main semester intakes: January, May, and September.
What are class times?
Students enrolled in full-time studies will go to classes for 4.5 hours per day from Monday to Friday. Class times may be scheduled between 9:30 am – 2:00 pm.
Part time funded classes are available during the day and in the evening. Evening classes are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:30 pm—9:00 pm.
How many people are in a class?
On average, class sizes range from 15-22 students in each class.
How long will the application process take?
The application process, including the assessment, career planning appointment, and advisor appointments, usually takes approximately 8 weeks for funding approval.
How do I pay for school?
Most students attending classes will apply for and receive grant funding from the Government of Alberta.
Your Admission Advisor will assist you in applying for funding.
Is there a student orientation?
Yes, all students are required to attend an orientation session, which is held before your classes start.
Is there an assessment to get into ESL?
For ESL, you may be required to write an ESL assessment to help place you at the correct CLB level. Some students may enter with ILVARC CLB’s already. Columbia College will assess your Math and Grammar levels.
What is the advantage in taking English for Academic Purposes (EAP)?
If you want to enter one of Columbia College’s professional programs, our EAP program may be all that you need to meet English entry requirements. Ask about this advantage!
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- Duration 50 hours
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