Directory of EAL/ESL courses & Employment Programs in British Columbia
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About the Directory

 

Welcome to the Directory of EAL/ESL courses & Employment Programs in British Columbia. Our directory is an easy way to find English classes and employment programs around British Columbia.

You can find the following types of courses:

  • Academic ESL
  • Career Preparation ESL
  • Community based ESL and English Language Services for Adults
  • ESL for job search and LINC for the workplace
  • General ESL

You can search for the right program in the right location for you. Some courses cost money and many are free. There are two ways you can search:

  • Quick Search: You can search by cost / free and by city
  • Advanced Search: You can narrow your search by category, city, cost / free and level
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What information can I find in the directory?
What levels are the courses?
How long are the courses?
How do I find the location of a course?
How can I find more information about the course provider?
How do I know if the information on the directory is accurate?
Plan your Future - key questions you should ask yourself before you begin a course
How can I find more information about settling in British Columbia?
Are there other ESL programs in British Columbia not included on your website?
How do I know if the program meets quality standards? / How do I know if the program provider is a recognized institution?
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What information can I find in the directory?
On the directory, you can find information about types of courses, levels, costs, start dates and lengths and pre-requisites.

What levels are the courses?
The courses are from beginner to advanced. The description of course levels vary. You should check with the course provider for the class levels they have.

How long are the courses?
Course lengths vary. You should check with the course provider for full details of the different kinds of courses they provide.

How do I find the location of a course?
To find a course close to you, you can search by city location, and then click the map button to find a map location of the course. 

How can I find more information about the course provider?
If you would like to find further details about the course, you can click on the link to the website of the course provider.

How do I know if the information on the directory is accurate?
We have made every effort to ensure that the information and contact details given in this directory is up-to-date.  Please be aware that the information is changing often. We update the information twice a year.

Plan your Future - key questions you should ask yourself before you begin a course:

  • What is my English level?
  • What is my goal (Education / Career or English courses)?
  • Am I able to take this course (check the course pre-requisites)?
  • How committed am I (part-time or full-time)?
  • How much time can I dedicate to this (month / year)?
  • What is my budget? Can I afford a course and the additional expenses like textbooks?

How can I find more information about settling in British Columbia?
The Welcome BC Services Map will help you to find a wide range of newcomer services including English language training and job assistance. Learn about the kinds of services you might find in your community then launch the map to begin your search.
http://www.welcomebc.ca/wbc/immigration/settle/servicesnearyou/index.page

Are there other ESL programs in British Columbia not included on your website?
There are many ESL programs in British Columbia, so there are probably other programs that we have not included. However, this website will support you in finding ESL options available in British Columbia to help you with your language goals.

There are many options for English language and career preparation programs and courses available to you. ELSA Net encourages you to be informed. It is your responsibility to make sure that the program or courses will meet your goals.

How do I know if the program meets quality standards? How do I know if the program provider is a recognized institution?
One way to confirm that a program you are considering is recognized is by checking that the school has a Languages Canada membership http://www.languagescanada.ca/ . Many schools provide a logo on their web pages. This signifies the quality of their programs. The Private Careers Training Institutions Agency http://www.pctia.bc.ca/ sets basic education standards for private career training institutions in British Columbia and establishes standards of quality which must be met by the institutions.