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English as a Second Language (ESL)


The ESL program offers Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. ESL helps students develop the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills needed for everyday life in Canada. Program activities include conversation, pronunciation and listening exercises, reading, writing and field trips. Students with advanced speaking and listening skills may enrol in a combination of ESL and other NWCC programs and courses. TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required to enrol in the ESL program. The ESL program also provides support and referrals for students needing help to complete forms and make phone calls. We offer assessment services to help students determine their language level (Canadian Language Benchmarks).


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 
  Locations Start Date End Date
English as a Second Language Prince Rupert September 6, 2016 December 19, 2016
English as a Second Language Prince Rupert January 9, 2017  April 28, 2017


Program Fees 

English as a Second Language Program Fees

FEES Full Time (39 Weeks)
Tuition: $4243.20
*Student Association Fee: $92.34
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $25.92
Technology Fee: $148.59
Registration Fee: $74.88
Infrastructure Fee: $22.23
**Books: $50.00
Graduation Fee:  $26.91
Total: $4684.07

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2016

*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.

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