English As An Additional Language (EAL) Program
As a leading language training provider in Edmonton, Solomon College understands the challenges adults face in learning a new language. Solomon College’s English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is an intensive program designed to improve your English communication skills. Our classes will prepare you to pursue further education, or reach your employment goals.
You will enhance your English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills with our TESL-certified and experienced instructors. Our small class sizes ensure maximum opportunities to practice your skills in a friendly and supportive learning environment.
Our innovative programs enable students to experience Canadian culture through field trips, guest speakers, interactive discussions, and engaging activities. As a result, you will gain more confidence in English and become more familiar with the Canadian context.
The program is split into two parts: speaking and listening, and reading and writing. In the speaking and listening classes, students make oral presentations, practice pronunciation and work on developing listening skills through interactive media.
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.
All classes are designed to maximize learning opportunities for students with engaging group activities, pair work, and individual and class time. In addition, teachers arrange field trips and guest speakers to supplement course topics and enhance the learning environment.
Although Solomon College’s EAL curriculum is followed, Instructors are always responsive to the needs and interests of our students, so content can be adapted to engage learners and meet their learning objectives.
- Completion of the EAL Intermediate 2 program is equivalent to 65% in ENGL 20-1
- Completion of the EAL Advanced Program is equivalent to 65% in ENGL 30-1
Completion of the Intermediate 2 program means having a progress report indicating “CLB 7C” in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing at the end of the term. Completion of the Advanced program means having a progress report indicating “CLB 8C” in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing at the end of the term
Solomon College has continuous intake and accepts new students every month. Our EAL program has new classes at the beginning of each month!
Classes run Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Suite 228, 10621-100 Avenue Edmonton, AB, T5J 0B3
Admission Requirements & Language Proficiency Admission Policies for EAL Students:
Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, and convention refugee’s applying for EAL training need to have a Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) certificate of completion, or Catholic Social Services (CSS) assessment within the last year indicating a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Visa Students will need to have an IETLS (academic) exam score of 4.0 or higher in listening, speaking, reading, and writing or do an in-house assessment.
Applicant Funding Eligibility*
Students looking to apply for Government funding must be a Permanent Resident, Citizen, or refugee (who has a Notice of Decision, study permit, and work permit), and demonstrates financial need. Students will also need the following information ready when applying for funding:
- A verified My Alberta Digital ID (MADI) account
- Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Alberta student number (ASN)
- Banking information
Students should bring their CLB assessment, and ID card to Solomon College to begin the application process.
*Information about funding eligibility, tax forms, and other benefits can be found on the Foundational Learning Assistance Website.
Any international students looking to apply for the EAL program will need to provide an IETLS exam or equivalent indicating a score of 4.0 or higher in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. To begin the application process all applicants can submit the exam result to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that Solomon College programs do not qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
Tuition and Fees for EAL students applying for funding:
Students who apply for Government funding to cover the EAL program costs will need to pay an $80 application fee. Every four-month term, students will need to pay a books and materials fee, which is included as part of their funding from the Government of Alberta. Funded students will receive books after they have paid the ESL materials fee. Students should come prepared with binders, notebooks and pens. Various media and supplemental materials are used at the discretion of each instructor.
Tuition and Fees for Privately Paid EAL students:
$980 per month
Refund policy for privately paid students
If you have a Visa or are a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Landed Immigrant:
- The application fee is non-refundable.
- A maximum of 80% of the tuition fee is refundable up to five business days before the class begins. No refund will be given after this time.
- Students wishing to withdraw their application must come in person to the Registration Office to fill out a program withdrawal form, and present their identification card.