Do you want to learn English in Canada? Are you looking for a unique Canadian experience? Then the Pathway to English and Academic Culture program (a Languages Canada accredited program) at Lethbridge College is right for you.


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Everything you need to know to be successful.



The Pathway to English and Academic Culture allows you to learn English in a Languages Canada approved program while meeting most Lethbridge College post-secondary program language requirements. Lethbridge College’s English Language Centre has been teaching English to students from around the world, as well as to newcomers to Canada, for almost 50 years. Our mission is to provide you with the opportunity to excel in English, while experiencing Canadian academic cultural expectations and immersing yourself in North American life. You can study year-round, on a part-time or full-time basis and enroll throughout the semester. You will learn in a friendly and welcoming environment where you can better achieve your educational, career, and/or personal goals.

Our mission is to provide you with the opportunity to excel in English while experiencing Canadian culture.

Lethbridge College offers excellent services to support you during your time in Lethbridge. On-campus accommodation lets you live in a modern college residence with other students from across the country and from around the world. Alternatively, you can choose to stay with a Canada Homestay Network family which gives you the opportunity to live with a local family and immerse yourself in Canadian culture.

For an excellent life and learning experience, choose the English Language Centre, specialists in English language learning since 1970. Our innovative, award-winning programs, TESL-certified instructors, small classes, and friendly, helpful staff will help you succeed.

Apply today to learn English in Canada!

Your future

When you complete your English as a Second Language studies, you’ll be able to enroll in one of our many college programs, such as:

  • Business Administration
  • Culinary Studies
  • University Transfer Programs
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Engineering Technology
  • Practical Nursing
Starts In: September, January and May
Application Deadlines:

For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.

Duration: Four weeks or longer
Credential: Certificate of Completion
Delivery Format
Learning Environment

English language classes are offered for 20 hours per week. The average class size is 16 students. We offer all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. All classes focus on reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar. You will learn English that relates to everyday communication and English that is specific to Canadian Academic Culture. You will also have the opportunity to participate in activities, field trips, speakers’ mornings, use a computer lab, and receive academic and career counseling to help you achieve your goals. You will receive a Credential of Academic Achievement upon completion of your ESL course.

Upon completion of the Pathway to English and Academic Culture, you will have met the English Language requirements to apply to one of our hands-on, career focused programs, such as: Business Administration, Culinary Arts, University Transfer Programs, Computer Information Technology, Environmental Science, Early Childhood Education, Engineering Technology, Nursing, and much more.


New students are accepted into the English as a Second Language program for Fall (September), Winter (January), or Spring-Long (May) terms.

Dependent on your status in Canada, you may study for as little as four weeks or longer in any of our term programs. All students are given a placement test for all skill areas at the beginning of their studies; our programming follows the nationwide Canadian Language Benchmarks ( for assessments, and therefore can ensure quality placement and accurate assessments throughout each semester.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Per Semester $3,114.00 $496.08 $50.00

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  • All fees are subject to change without notice.

  • The following fees need to be included with your application form:

    • application fee: $90
    • tuition deposit: $1000
    • residence application fee: $25
  • Extended benefits are not available for new Spring applications and are therefore not charged; fees will be $138 less.

  • Note: Students can also register for less than a full semester (subject to space availability and start date). The tuition is $300.00 per week (for a minimum of four weeks). No college letter of acceptance will be issued; however, we will send you a welcome letter that lists the dates for your course.

Learn English in beautiful southern Alberta

Lethbridge is a safe, vibrant community. It offers all the big city amenities – upscale shopping, dining and live local entertainment – but has a small town charm and friendly people. Its location puts you in the heart of a four season playground. Running and hiking trails, parks and nature reserves are all within minutes of our campus while the mountains are just a short two-hour drive away.

You’ll get to experience all this in our English as a Second Language program. We’ll take you on field trips to visit the sights and sounds of southern Alberta, from Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to Waterton Lakes National Park. And you’ll go on local trips to help you transition into your new home.

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English, when you're ready for it
English, when you’re ready for it

You can start the ESL program at any time with continuous intake courses.

English, when you’re ready for it

Don’t have a study permit? Missed the deadline for our full-time credit ESL program or LINC course? Only interested in studying part-time? If you answered yes to any of those questions, our ESL continuous intake courses are right for you. These courses are specifically designed to help you improve your English language skills and learn about Canadian culture in a short period of time. You’ll be integrated into the current program at your appropriate level.

General information

All courses include:

  • cross-cultural studies
  • small classes
  • all levels, from beginner to advanced
  • field trips and activities
  • four intensive courses taken daily with an emphasis on:
    • grammar
    • communication
    • reading
    • writing

Please note: Minimum age is 18 years old at the start of the program.

Course start dates

Courses are offered year-round and each semester:

  • fall
  • winter
  • summer

Start dates are most Thursdays for placement testing and registration. Classes begin the following Monday.

Please note: Should the start date fall on a national Holiday, the following day will be the new start date. Please contact us to confirm start date and space availability.

English Language Centre
English Language Centre

Your one-stop-shop for all of Lethbridge College’s English language programming.

English Language Centre

At Lethbridge College, you can learn English in one of the most beautiful settings on earth: Canada. It’s all made possible by our award-winning, Languages Canada-accredited English Language Centre. Our friendly and experienced instructors are TESL-certified and dedicated to helping you learn English. Learn more about the English Language Centre and our programming.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

If you recently moved to Canada and are a permanent resident or refugee, 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.


Are you a Canadian or an international student whose first language is not English? You can 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.

Evening ESL/LINC

Open to everyone, our non-credit English language courses are ideal for students who are unable to attend classes during the day. Join us in the evening for either English as a Second Language or Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada. Get more information on our English language courses.

A personalized learning experience
A personalized learning experience

We’ve implemented the portfolio-based language assessment approach in all ESL courses.

A personalized learning experience

The portfolio-based language assessment (PBLA) is aligned with the Canadian Language Benchmarks – Canada’s national standard for recognizing language proficiency in ESL. The implementation of PBLA into all our English language courses means you’ll be able to:

  • identify your English language learning needs
  • set your own learning goals
  • document your progress
  • comment on your work
  • reflect on your achievements

It’s an alternative to traditional testing and gives you the tools to undertake self-assessment and reflection. These will have a positive effect on your learning.

A Languages Canada accredited program

When you take the English as a Second Language program at Lethbridge College, you know you’re getting a high-quality education. Languages Canada is the national language education association. It ensures that member institutions like Lethbridge College follow best practices in language training. Everything we do is in your best interest. Our accreditation from Languages Canada means:

  • all of our instructors are TESL-certified
  • our program covers all language skills
  • field trips and cultural experiences are an important part of our curriculum

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