English Language Learning

Over the last 50 years, Bow Valley College has become a global leader in English as Second Language (ESL) training, helping students from all over the world prepare for a life and rewarding careers. Our program is certified by the Languages Canada Quality Assurance Scheme, recognizing the quality of our program administration and management, student services, teacher qualifications, curriculum, physical resources, and student admissions.

  • Small, interactive, and engaging classes
  • Experienced instructors
  • Flexible course options including full-time study, part-time skill specific development, and preparation programs for further academic study
  • Enhanced skills for the workplace
  • Flexible registration - from four months to one year

The International ELL is a full-time program that offers intensive academic language courses that are outcomes-based and learner-centered. The classes focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Skills are developed through a range of contemporary themes, topics, and activities.


From 4 months to 1 year


Students enrolled in the International ELL program are required to take the placement test and participate in the orientation for new students. These sessions take place the week prior to the start of classes and require the students to participate at BVC campus for two days. Applicants to the program are assumed to have at least an intermediate level of English language proficiency. Students are assessed and placed according to their language proficiency into one of the four courses in the program.

  • International English Language Learning 1
  • International English Language Learning 2
  • Academic English 1
  • Academic English 2

For applicants with lower than intermediate proficiency, we offer a 15-week Basic English Language course.


Students who successfully complete Academic English 1 with a grade of ”B“ or higher meet the language proficiency requirement for Bow Valley College’s Early Learning and Child Care program and Disability Studies program, or can proceed to the Academic English 2 level.

Students who successfully complete Academic English 2 with a grade of “B” or higher meet the language proficiency requirements for most Bow Valley College and SAIT career programs.

Program taught in:
  • English

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