Ready to discover.

Welcome to the English Language Centre, where you can learn English in one of the most beautiful settings on earth: Canada. Walk out of your classroom and you’ll be surrounded by the natural beauty of the prairies. You’ll even see the Rocky Mountains in the distance. Every year, students like you travel from over 40 different countries to experience all this and learn English.

Step back into class. You’ll learn English in our award-winning, Languages Canada-accredited English Language Centre. Our friendly and experienced instructors are TESL-certified and dedicated to helping you learn this important international language.

Our Services


Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

Are you a permanent resident or refugee? Do you want to improve your English? Take our Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. In addition to English language instruction, we’ll provide employment and settlement-related information and connect you with the Lethbridge community. Find out more about LINC.



Pathway to English and Academic Culture (PEAC)

Learn English while experiencing Canadian culture in a friendly and welcoming environment. Our Pathway to English and Academic Culture program offers all levels from beginner to advanced. As a continuous intake program, you can start at any time. Get more information on this program.



Pathways to the Trades

Are you a newcomer to Canada? Do you want to work in the trades and improve your English? Take the Pathways to the Trades program. This customized trades program for newcomers is focused on building specific skills needed to succeed in the southern Alberta labour market.



Explore Program for Bursary Students

Are you a Canadian student whose first language is not English? Do you want to improve your English and explore a part of Canada you’ve never seen before in a five-week English immersion setting? Discover the Explore program; it might be right for you.

This year, the ELC will not be offering the Explore program for Bursary Students.



Explore Program for International Students

Visit world heritage sites such as Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and Waterton Lakes National Park while learning English with Canadian students and students from all around the world. Experience culinary and fitness workshops, tours, and English classes while staying in campus residence or with a Canadian homestay family. Discover the Explore program

2023 Session Dates:
June 27 - July 28, 2023



Other Languages (Spanish class)

We may be the English Language Centre, but we also offer language training in Spanish. Start learning a new language today. Next session starts in Fall 2023. Just in time to prepare for Winter travel to warm destinations!

Upcoming sessions:

Fall 2023 Class beginning October 2, 2023
Winter 2024 beginning February 27, 2024

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Meet Our Staff

Meet our staff who make your English learning positive and rewarding.

ELC International Viewbooks

Learn more about the English Language Centre and Lethbridge in your home language:

Why choose us?

It’s simple: We offer a truly Canadian learning experience. Here, you’re not just a student – you’re a world traveller set to discover a unique part of Canada, our culture and one of our official languages. Here, you’re a member of the Lethbridge College community, free to learn and live in a safe, friendly environment.

Learn more about our ESL program offerings.

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We’ve specialized in second language instruction since 1970 and offer:

  • innovative, award-winning, quality programs
  • small classes
  • bridge programs to college and university
  • comfortable on-campus residences or homestay accommodations
  • exciting activities
  • modern sports facilities
  • an excellent cultural and learning experience

Our programming

We provide innovative, award-winning programs for both learning and teaching English as well as language instruction for a variety of world languages. Find the program that’s right for you and get started towards new opportunities today.

Course Information

2023 Summer ESL

May 3 - August 11, 2023
Daytime (Mon.-Fri.)

  • Canadian
  • International

Evening (Mon., Wed., & Thu.)
Basic - in-person
Intermediate & Advanced - online


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2023 Fall Spanish for Beginner

October 2 - December 4, 2023
Mondays & Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 PM $300 + GST


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February 27 - May 9, 2024
Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM $300 + GST


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2023 International Explore Program

June 23 - July 28

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Mohammad Eld Farawan - Syria

My instructors are very helpful, committed and educated. They make students feel comfortable and accepted by everyone.

English for Academic Purposes 2019

(LINC Program)

Karenys A. Cuicas - Venezuela

I learned a lot from the teachers who taught me not only about the language, but also the college community, culture, and country.

English for Academic Purposes 2022

(PEAC Program)