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English as a Second Language (ESL)


The English as a Second Language program is a full-time program that consists of two 15-week courses: one ESL level course followed by the English for Academic Purposes course. The program targets students who are prepared to enter Intermediate level English classes (IELTS 4.5 – 5). Students must complete an English Language Proficiency Test prior to arrival to assess their eligibility and placement.

The ESL program focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking in an academic setting and uses interactive teaching methods to maximize student success. Progress in each level is determined through assignments, midterm and final tests, attendance, lab work and participation.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes
  • Bi-weekly cultural presentations and off-campus activities
  • Diverse student enrolment
  • Interactive and communicative classes
  • Academic skills are highlighted
  • Access to the library, fitness centre, computer labs and printing services
  • Opportunities to join lots of college activities, and have a Canadian “buddy”
  • Fun, practical classes taught by experienced instructors
  • Learn with the Cambridge Interchange and Passages textbook series

Upcoming Session Dates

(all 15 week sessions):

2017 - 2018:


  • September 5 – December 15, 2017
  • January 8 – April 27, 2018
  • May 7 – August 17, 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Resident of Canada, OR international student with an intermediate level of English
  • 18 years or older
  • Proof of English: CLB 5, iBT TOEFL 55, IELTS 4.5, or PTE-A 30

Please note: Confederation College ESL programs are geared to students whose English Language Proficiency is above a minimum level of IELTS 3.0, iBT TOEFL 33, or CLB 3. Students must be able to convey and understand general meaning in familiar situations.

Canadian residents may apply for a special institution-funded bursary to receive up to $2,500 toward tuition costs.

Tuition Fees

for 15-week ESL Session (25 hours per week)

  • $5,370 for International students (includes health insurance)

How to Apply … 

Contact Us:

ESL Program Officer 
International Education Centre, Room 251
Phone:  (807) 475-6405



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