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English As A Second Language (ESL) Program

Program Overview

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 a Second Language (ESL) 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.

Program Description

The program is split into two classes: 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 ESL 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.

Partnership with SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)
Solomon College is pleased to announce a pathway partnership with SAIT, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students who complete the ESL Program at Solomon College can use their credentials to meet SAIT’s language proficiency requirements for admission to their program of choice. Find out more program information here. This agreement is applicable to current students, as well as students who have completed their ESL Program a year prior. 

  • Completion of ESL Intermediate 2 is equivalent to 65% in ENGL 20-1
  • Completion of the ESL 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

*Please note that completion of ESL Programs at Solomon College alone does not guarantee admission to the desired program at SAIT. Students must meet all the other requirements outlined in SAIT’s admission criteria.*

Program Schedule

Solomon College has continuous intake and accepts new students every month. Our ESL program has new classes at the beginning of each month!

Classes run Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM


ESL Training

Solomon College 10621-100 Avenue Edmonton, AB, T5J 0B3

To Apply

Admission Requirements & Language Proficiency Admission Policies for ESL Students:

Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, and convention refugee’s applying for ESL training need to achieve CLB 4 or higher in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as assessed by Catholic Social Services (CSS) within the last year or have a Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) certificate of completion indicating CLB 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*

To apply for the Funded ESL program, students must be a Permanent Resident, Citizen or refugee (who has a Notice of Decision, study permit, and work permit) and demonstrates financial need.

*Information about funding eligibility, tax forms, and other benefits can be found on Alberta Works Website.

  Please also note that all programs offered by Solomon College do not qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).  

Tuition and Fees for Funded ESL students:

The funded ESL program has an $80 application fee. Every term, which consists of 4 months, students will need to pay a book and material fee which is part of their funding from Alberta Supports. Funded students will receive books after they have paid the ESL material fee. Students should come prepared with binders, notebooks and pens. Various media and supplemental materials are used at the discretion of each instructor.

*As a reminder, all funds provided by Alberta Supports may be considered taxable income depending on the students’ circumstances.

Tuition and Fees for Privately Funded ESL students:

$980 per month

If you have a Visa or are a Canadian CitizenPermanent Resident or Landed Immigrant:

  1. The application fee is non-refundable.
  2. maximum of 80% of the tuition fee is refundable up to and including five work day before the class begins. No refund will be given after this time. Students must come to the Solomon College Registration Office in person to fill out a program withdrawal form and to show their identification.
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