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.
See the Courses tab below for details on program delivery.
- All of our services to students remain available virtually.
- See the minimum technology requirements required to participate in online elements of this program.
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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 over 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.
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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
- Computer Information Technology
- Environmental Science
- Early Childhood Education
- Engineering Technology
- Nursing and much more
- University Transfer Programs
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For current application status, terms being processed and application deadlines visit the Program Application Status page.
Online courses are instructor led. Communications, teaching and assessment components are delivered solely online, and do not have any on-campus elements. They are taught through a learning management system and may be either synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) or asynchronous (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Students complete all their work online and are not required to come to campus.
Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.
Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.
Your learning experience will be online, both synchronously (at a specific time with other students and the instructor) and asynchronously (you can access materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by your instructor). Our faculty and instructors will provide you with quality learning experiences that will help build relationships, develop a sense of community wherever you are located, and give you the academic foundations you need for your life ahead. You will also Open Studies connect with our committed staff, who will support you through academic advice, health and wellbeing, volunteer opportunities, career information, learning assistance, financial aid, and so many other ways. We remain connected and accessible in this new 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 (language.ca) for assessments, and therefore can ensure quality placement and accurate assessments throughout each semester.
The Pathway to English and Academic Culture (PEAC) allows you to learn English in a Languages Canada approved program while meeting most Lethbridge College post-secondary program language requirements. 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.
Admission to PEAC may come with a conditional offer of acceptance to a certificate, diploma or degree program.
If you meet the requirements for conditional post-secondary acceptance, you must submit your application declaring your choice of certificate, diploma or degree program. If you do not wish to pursue a conditional offer for a post- secondary credential after your language learning, please apply to PEAC only.
If you have an IELTS of 5.0 or above, or equivalency, in all language skills, you may qualify for a conditional offer of acceptance to a post-secondary program. In-house language testing will verify language skills; if skills do not meet requirements, the conditional offer of acceptance to the post-secondary program may be rescinded. Admission to your program of choice will be dependent upon the completion of the full-time pathway program.
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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.
Tuition for international students is $4,050 per semester.
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
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.
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:
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:
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
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.
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
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