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English as a Second Language (ESL)


*The English Second Language Program at Northwest Community College will end on March 31, 2018. 

The ESL/LINC program offers Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels of ESL (LINC levels 1-8) to help students develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills needed for everyday life in Canada.  Classes are driven by student need.

NWCC offers assessment services to help students determine their language level.  NWCC uses Canadian Language Benchmark Test (CLBT) to determine English language training needs and place students in ESL/ LINC classes from benchmark levels 1 to 8. Students can contact NWCC directly for more information.

Program Outline 

Students may be accepted at the Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Level. Beginner Level students practice speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary.

Intermediate Level students expand their speaking, listening, reading, writing skills, grammar and vocabulary. Intermediate reading and writing practice is designed to help students prepare for further academic study and/or job training.

Students with advanced speaking and listening skills may enrol in a combination of ESL and courses from other NWCC programs. For example, students may take Business Administration or University Credit courses while developing pronunciation, speaking and listening skills in an ESL class.

Advanced Level ESL students may wish to prepare for English language tests such as TOEFL or IELTS. Test preparation classes may be offered upon demand, or students can have extra practice in special tutorial classes.

Volunteer Tutor Training

ESL learners who are unable to attend regular classes can be matched with a volunteer tutor. Volunteer Tutor Training is offered each term at no cost to help community members learn the basics of teaching an ESL learner. See Tutor Training course description below.

Career Opportunities 

ESL students are often accepted into other College programs based on their success in the ESL program.

Admission Requirements 

After completing an assessment interview or simple assessment test, ESL students are placed into the appropriate classes where they can work with students studying at a similar level. No TOEFL or IELTS score is required to enrol in the ESL program.

Dates and Locations 

This program will end on March 31, 2018. 

Program Fees 

English as a Second Language Program Fees

Hours per Week

Domestic Students: Mandatory Fees Per Semester

(up to 15 weeks)

International Students: 

International students are charged a flat rate per semester.

0 - 4.0 hours $54.06 $876.06
4.1 - 8 hours $66.81 $1,388.81
8.1 - 14.0 hours $92.61 $2,714.61
14.1 - 21.0 hours $118.41 $4,040.41
21.1 + hours $147.81 $5,369.81

Fees are effective as of August 5, 2017

*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program. These fees include Student Union Fees of $40.86 per semester, as well as additional mandatory fees such as Technology, Registration, Infrastructure and Graduation Fees.

**International Fees do not include health insurance fees.

**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.