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Learn English as a Second Language

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Improve your English language skills, sign up for the English as a Second Language program at CCBST

English as a Second Language Diploma Program in as Little as 32 Weeks*

Learning a new language can seem daunting, but thankfully CCBST has made the process easy and have broken down language learning into 4 areas: 1) reading and comprehension 2) listening, speaking and pronunciation 3) writing, grammar and vocabulary development, and 4) communicative competence, Canadian perspectives, and business communication.

You may have prior professional training, but you’ll need to be moderately fluent in English if you’re going to succeed in the Canadian workforce. Once you understand the English language, you will be prepared to respond to job applications, writing resumes, and cover letters and ace interviews with confidence in your language abilities. The opportunities available to you will open up greatly. It may be a little tough to get going, but trust us, once you build your English language skills, it will make a tremendous impact on your life!

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Course Description

This course English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is designed for International and Domestic students whose first language is not English. This program offers three levels of instructions, from beginner to advanced levels, with a focus on establishing a strong foundation in the four skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening.

The ESL Program encourages classroom interaction. Students will actively participate in a variety of large and small group activities that provide engaging opportunities to practise the four skills of English. Small class sizes ensure that students receive ample feedback from instructors about their learning. Graduates of this course will be well-equipped for further studies, professional exams and future career opportunities.

Advantages of pursuing the program at our college:

  • Small classes and personal attention so everyone in the class can actively participate in group activities
  • We have students from different countries in our programs thus have diversified dynamics
  • Our ESL program emphasizes all four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • Highly qualified and experienced faculty

This program is suitable for students who:

  • Do not speak English as their first language
  • Want to pursue a career that requires proficiency in the English language
  • Want to pursue further post-secondary studies
  • Want to prepare for various professional English level exams such as IELTS or TOEFL for various purposes such as immigration or permanent resident applications etc.

Course Outline

Beginner: Level I
Reading and Comprehension Skill
Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation
Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary Development
Communicative Competence

Intermediate: Level II
Reading and Comprehension Skill
Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation
Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary Development
Canadian Perspectives

Advanced: Level III
Reading and Comprehension Skill
Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation
Writing, Grammar and Vocabulary Development
Business Communication

Course Duration:
32 Weeks (790 Hours)

Click here to view the ESL course descriptions

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program would successfully be able to meet the English Language requirements for most post-secondary programs, which require English language proficiency and would also able to find employment in occupations requiring intermediate to advanced English language skills. Graduates would be better prepared for professional English exams such as IELTS and TOEFL.

Funding Your Education

CCBST is an excellent option for individuals who want to get ahead without a major financial burden. At CCBST, tuition is more affordable than larger schools while maintaining the same quality of education.

You may also be eligible to receive OSAP (Government Financial Aid) as all CCBST programs are full time.

Lastly, you may qualify for Second Career Eligibility Ontario. The Second Career program provides support to laid-off employees who will benefit from retraining to find work. Please contact a CCBST admissions representative to see if you meet the criteria.

For more information about Financial Aid and Second Career Training click here.

Is Learning English as a Second Language Right For You? Get More Info…

To learn more about our English as a Second Language Diploma program and to find out if CCBST is right for you, fill out the form to receive more information.

For immediate questions or to speak with a friendly CCBST Admissions Advisor, call:

Brampton 905-224-5241
Scarborough 416-800-6236
North York 416-800-2664
Mississauga 416-800-8803

*32 week program length when completed in normal time.