English As A Second Language (ESL)

You know well that English is a must to live in Canada, and gaining proficiency in English is a critical skill for you. Do you want to learn English but you are unable to because you are not eligible for government funded LINC/ESL programs? Or you simply cannot afford to pay private language schools? Then, Glenbow College is the right place for you to learn English.

Glenbow College believes that “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” Glenbow College is devoted to create a meaning by giving back to its community because we believe that meaning never comes from what we get, it comes from what we give. It is time for us to give back to our community. Glenbow College offers ESL full scholarship to all eligible new comers*.

Glenbow College offers you the opportunity of learning English and achieving your career goals. Our experienced TESOL/CELTA certified instructors will teach you the English needed to understand life in Canada and gain proficiency.



Part-Time Classes: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday

Hours: 2 pm-5 pm

Levels: Beginner/Elementary/Pre-intermediate/Intermediate

Class Size: 10-15 students

Skills: Reading/Writing/Listening/Speaking/Grammar

Teaching: Textbook with mobile app based andpersonalized, technology blended teaching. Access opportunity anytime, anywhere with vocabulary, grammar, and listening to the conversation activities on the go with the Pearson Practice English Android/iOS App. Listen to or watch all the audio and video whenever and wherever you want.

Certificate: Glenbow College ESL Completion certificate

Teacher’s qualifications: Teaching experience with a University Degree, and TESOL/CELTA Professional Certification or the equivalent.

Public Transit: We are in a free fare zone and 240 meters away from C Train 8 Street Station. A few minutes’ walk to major bus stops.

Location:  At the heart of downtown.  Suite 100, 940 6th Ave. SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 3T1.

Food: A convenience store and a restaurant at the opposite of our location, 180 meters away from the Tim Hortons and many more restaurants.

Incentives: Incentives vary.   Including but not limited to the following;

-Upon graduation with 80 % success no English Proficiency Exam for any diploma programs at Glenbow College.

Incentive for TESOL certification course and practicum.

Consultancy for academic studies

Access to GC facilities and intranet

-Internet access

-Refreshments at breaks


Glenbow College has different ESL scholarship options depending on students’ eligibility. Full scholarship, 75%, 50% and 25% incentives are available. In full scholarship students pay just the book fee. In other scholarship types students pay a book fee and a discounted course fee. Students who are over the age of 18, and meet one of the following criteria, are eligible for ESL Scholarships;

-Refugee Claimant

-Permanent Resident

– Protected Person/ Convention Refugee

-A new comer to Canada (not more than five (5) years)

-Low income

-Recommended for Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 2-4

For any inquiries about ESL please contact +1 403 264 4448 or send an email to esl@glenbowcollege.ca


Whether you’re interested in pursuing a full-time/part-time program at Glenbow College or just to improve your English as a second language (ESL) skills, Glenbow College has many options for you. Glenbow College has three main streams of language training to choose from including general ESL classes focusing on General English, Spoken English and our Academic Preparation Program that prepares students for post-secondary studies.

Glenbow College provides English as a Second Language (ESL) intensive program for its students to enhance their writing and grammar, build confidence in speaking and pronunciation, and enable them to develop their academic reading and vocabulary skills. ESL program at Glenbow College is designed according to the needs of learners based on a practical, hands-on environment, including Canadian classroom culture.


Glenbow College offers three main ESL programs which are interconnected to each other.

ESL-1 (General English) is an integrated language skills program including reading, writing, grammar, speaking and listening. This program is designed for expanding students’ vocabulary, increase listening, reading, and writing skills, and build the self-confidence in using English in a variety of settings. General English is for students from elementary to intermediate level students.

ESL-2 (Speaking and Fluency) is a four-unit ESL program designed to develop nonnative speakers’ oral skills that are relevant to establishing and maintaining direct conversation and communication with native speakers of English. The program focuses on a range of skillsets, including improving listening comprehension, participating in class discussions, understanding conversational strategies, giving group presentations, asking and answering questions, interacting effectively with native speakers, and improving through self-evaluation of speech.

ESL-3 ( Academic) is for mature high school students/graduates (18 years of age or older) who have not yet achieved the language requirements for admission to college/university, or those who seek to further prepare for the challenging transition to the post-secondary level studies. This course is designed to develop students’ proficiency in the use of various rhetorical models, critical thinking skills, reading and vocabulary-building strategies, and effective listening, note-taking, and speaking techniques for academic purposes.

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