Ministry of Advanced Education

English as a Second Language

Overview

Many public post-secondary institutions across British Columbia offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and programs. ESL programs provide individuals whose first language is not English the opportunity to develop the communication skills and socio-cultural and workplace knowledge to achieve a wide variety of goals, including:

  • Accessing further academic programs or career training;
  • Meeting the English language requirements to qualify for work in their profession;
  • Improving their job prospects and contributing to the B.C. economy;
  • Participating in their communities and Canadian society.

ESL Articulation Guide

For a description of ESL levels and courses offered by B.C.'s colleges and universities, see the Articulation Guide for English as a Second Language Programs in the British Columbia Post-Secondary Transfer System.

More information about ESL programs available in B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions may be found on their individual websites:

Links to public post-secondary institutions

ESL Student Funding

ESL students at B.C.'s public post-secondary institutions may be eligible for student funding through the Adult Upgrading Grant.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

Recent immigrants who are permanent residents or refugees may qualify for free ESL courses through the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. LINC programs are funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and provided by a variety of public and not-for-profit agencies. Information and locations for LINC and other services for immigrants in BC may be found at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/map/bc.asp

For further information on ESL in the public post-secondary system, contact:

English as a Second Language Programs
Colleges and Skills Development Branch
Institutions and Programs Division
Ministry of Advanced Education
PO Box 9877 Stn Prov Gov
Victoria BC V8W 9T6
Telephone: (250) 387-6174
Fax: (250) 952-6110