English as a Second Language (ESL)
NAIT's English as a Second Language (ESL) program prepares students for entry into programs at NAIT, other institutions, or the workforce. Experienced instructors help students develop the language skills they need.
About The Program
NAIT offers six levels of ESL instruction, from high Beginner (Levels 1, 2 & 3) to English for Academic Purposes (Levels 4, 5 & 6). A placement test determines the appropriate level in which a student can enrol. Full-time and part-time options are available during the day. Full semester courses in Reading, Writing, and Speaking / Listening are taught by different instructors so students have the opportunity to experience a variety of learning opportunities.
What To Expect
Full-time 15 Week Semester: Speaking and Listening (105 hours); Grammar and Writing (105 hours); Reading and Vocabulary (90 hours). Students will study 4 hours per day, 5 days a week for a total of 300 hours of instruction.
Part-time 15 Week Semester: students will take 1 or 2 courses and attend classes 5 days a week.
- Fall - September 2, 2016
- Winter - January 4, 2017
- Spring - May 2, 2017
- Morning Schedule - 8:15 am to 12:10 pm
- Afternoon Schedule - 12:15 pm to 4:10 pm
Students may choose to study in a combination of morning and afternoon classes .
Where It Can Take You
Levels 1, 2 and 3 are foundational courses for high-beginner to intermediate learners. Students are prepared to continue onto Level 4, which focusses on development of academic English skills. Levels 4, 5, and 6 are academic courses for intermediate to advanced learners. Students who successfully complete Level 6 with 60% in each course will have met the English language proficiency requirements for most NAIT programs. As well, students who plan to obtain work upon completion of Level 6 are prepared to do so.
Evening and Weekend Classes
NESL 705: Pronunciation Listening and Speaking
NESL 704: Academic Grammar and Writing
NESL 715: ELP Assessment Exam Preparation Seminar
NESL 716: ELP Intensive Preparation Course
English Language Proficiency Assessment Exam
The NAIT English Language Proficiency Exam Handout (pdf) is one of the English Language Proficiency exams accepted by most NAIT credit programs.