Do you want to learn English in Canada? Are you looking for a unique Canadian experience? Then the English as a Second Language 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.



There is no better place to learn English than in Canada. Small class sizes. Full- or part-time studies. All English levels from beginner to advanced. Dedicated TESL-certified instructors. A friendly and welcoming environment. Scenic views. Canadian culture. You will get to experience all this while studying English in the English as a Second Language program.

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

The English Language Centre at Lethbridge College is an approved designated learning institution (DLI). For over 40 years, we have been teaching English to students from around the world.

To help you understand and respond to English, all four major communicative skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – are practised. The curriculum follows the nationwide Canada Language Benchmark for assessments. You will learn both formal and informal English through cross-cultural studies, field trips and activities.

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
Status: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: Spring (May) 2019
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Spring 2019: May 3, 2019
  • International for Fall 2019: June 1, 2019

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

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

ESL classes are offered for 20 hours a 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 cross-cultural studies. You will also have the opportunity to participate in activities, use a computer lab, and receive academic and career counselling to help you achieve your goals. You will receive a Certificate of Completion upon completion of your ESL course.

When you complete your studies at the English Language Centre, you have the option to enrol in one of many college programs, such as Business Administration, Culinary Careers, College and University Preparation, Computer Information Technology, Environmental Science, Early Childhood Education, Engineering Technology, Nursing, and much more.

For an excellent cultural and learning experience, choose the English Language Centre, specialists in ESL since 1970. Our innovative, award-winning programs, great international mix of students, TESL-certified instructors, small classes, and friendly, helpful staff will help you succeed.


New students are accepted into the English as a Second Language program for Fall (September), Winter (January) or Summer (May) terms, and almost anytime during those terms depending on space availability.  You may study for four weeks or longer in any of our programs.

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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