English As A Second Language


English As A Second Language Edmonton
English As A Second Language Edmonton

Funded by the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Works department, our English As A Second Language (ESL) program is an intensive program designed to improve your English language skills. Our classes will prepare you for the pursuit of further education and the achievement your employment goals. 

You will advance your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills with our TESL-certified and experienced instructors. We pride ourselves in providing a friendly and supportive learning environment.

You will be provided with opportunities to practice your English skills in cultural exchanges through field trips, guest speaker presentations and daily interactions in class. As a result, you will gain more confidence in English as well as familiarity with Canadian customs and culture.  At Solomon College, we ensure our learners receive the encouragement and support they require while pursuing their educational and career goals in Canada.

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Integrated ESL Program (Privately-Funded)

The skills taught in this course are designed to fill the needs of our students, so course content often changes according to student progress. However, a textbook is assigned to each class and certain basic skills are always addressed. For example, in the reading and writing classes, students learn how to read from context, how to structure paragraphs, essays and business correspondence, and how to recognize spelling and grammar errors and correct them. In the speaking and listening classes, students make oral presentations, practice pronunciation and work on developing listening skills through interactive media. Group activities, partnered work, and individual and class time make up the structure of these classes.

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Integrated ESL Program (Government-Funded)

Applicants to this program must be unemployed or under-employed.  They must be in financial need and must be residents of Alberta.  Applicants must be permanent residents, Canadian citizens, or, in some cases, refugees.  They must have a valid SIN number and must have completed a CLB assessment from Catholic Social Services.  Students entering this program must also have completed a career plan and be destined for the labour market. The maximum training period for this program is 20 months. There are four months in each term. Students must be ready and willing to study full-time. Funding is available dependent on financial background and family income.

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