Continuing Education

English as a Second Language

Campus

The location where your NAIT courses will be held.

Credential

The type of certification you will earn after completing your program.

  • Certificate Achievement - An approved non-credit program that has a formal summative assessment component, has mappped program or course outcomes, and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Certificate Completion - A non-credit program that has no formal summative assessment component and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Learn to read, write and speak in English

Fall application deadline is Tuesday, August 4, 2020. All Fall courses will only be offered online.​

English language learning has never been so flexible or convenient!

This Fall all NAIT ESL courses will be delivered virtually. Our ESL instructors will present online classes in ‘real time’ providing the opportunity for daily engagement and collaboration. While assignments and exams will have specific dates and timelines, course evaluation will be based on participation and completion of learning outcomes.

Take your ESL studies to the next level with the NAIT English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Enhance your writing and grammar, build confidence in speaking and pronunciation, and develop your academic reading and vocabulary skills. You will learn these skills in a practical, hands-on environment, including Canadian classroom culture.

How to Apply and Enrol to ESL 

ESL Placement Test

All Fall courses will only be offered online.​

While NAIT ESL courses are online, placement tests will only be done online.

Why do I need a test?

  •  All students who want  to enrol in the  ESL day program must first take the NAIT ESL online placement test. Only our placement test can determine a student's entry level. While NAIT ESL courses are online, placement tests are only done online.

How do I register for the test?

  • All students must apply online for the ESL program. Placement test appointments can be booked online once the tuition deposit has been paid. 

How much does the test cost?

  • The test is included in the tuition deposit.

When do the tests take place?

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • 48 hours prior to the test, students will receive an email from esl@nait.ca with instructions and login information.

What skills are assessed?

  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.

How long are my test results valid?

  • 6 months

When will I know my test results?

  • Results will be available the next business day. To view the results on the student portal follow these steps:
    mynait.nait.ca > My Academics > Grades, Transcripts & Assessments

How to Apply and Enrol to ESL 

Program Details

All Fall courses will only be offered online.​

NAIT offers 6 levels of ESL. Levels 1, 2, and 3 are foundation-building courses for high-beginner to intermediate learners. Levels 4, 5, and 6 build academic English skills of intermediate to advanced learners. The program includes courses in Writing & Grammar, Listening & Speaking, and Reading & Vocabulary. Each course is taught by a different instructor. This allows you to experience different teaching styles and apply this to the post-secondary Canadian classroom or the workplace. Full-time and part-time options are available during the day.

What To Expect

Each term is 15 weeks long. The full-time program includes 4 hours of classroom instruction per day, Monday to Friday. Morning or afternoon schedules are available.  

Entrance Requirements

  • All students must apply online for NAIT's ESL program and then take the NAIT ESL online Placement Test.
  • NAIT’s ESL Level 1 is not for absolute beginners. Students must have some ability in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Students who place below NAIT ESL Level 1 (equivalent to about CLB3) will not be eligible to register.


Tuition & Fees

Permanent Resident, Canadian Citizen

  • $2,685.00 (full-time)
  • $895.00 per course (part-time)

International Students, Visitors, Temporary Workers

  • $4,631.63 (full-time)
  • $1,543.88 (per course)

Textbooks

  • Approximately $400 (full-time)

Program Length

Program length is individual and will depend on your starting level and learning goals.

Intakes:

Fall 2020:
September 8 to December 18, 2020
(Application and registration deadline is Tuesday,  August 4, 2020)

Winter 2021:
January 5 – April 23, 2021
(Application and registration deadline is Tuesday, December 1st, 2020)

Spring 2021:
May 10 – August 20, 2021
(Application and registration deadline is Tuesday, April 6th, 2021)

Schedules:

  • Morning 8:00 AM to 11:50 AM

Where It Can Take You

Students who pass Level 6 meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement for entrance into most NAIT certificate, diploma, or degree programs.

Conditional Admission

NAIT may grant ESL applicants conditional admission into the following programs:

To be eligible for conditional admission to these programs, applicants must:

  • Have a score of 5.5 in IELTS (academic) or 70 in TOEFLIBT (not applicable to BUS-E applicants)
  • Meet all the program’s entrance requirements other than English Language Proficiency and pay all fees and deposits by the deadlines
  • Place at ESL Level 5 or higher (Level 4 for BUS-E applicants) and apply for one of the programs listed above for a future intake. Prior to the start of the program, you must have completed ESL Level 6 (Level 4 for BUS-E).

For example, a student who is scheduled to complete their ESL program in the Winter term would be eligible for conditional admission in the spring term.

How To Apply

  • Make sure you meet the minimum entrance requirements for Conditional Admission listed above
  • Apply for either the Bachelor of Technology, Bachelor or Business Administration, or Business Administration program
  • Submit a separate application to ESL level 6 for the term before the start date of your chosen program. ESL applications are submitted through NAIT Continuing Education
  • If you meet the requirements, you will receive a Conditional Admission into your program of choice
  • Keep up with your deadlines (enrolment, tuition, etc.) listed in your MyNAIT Portal

How to Apply and Enrol to ESL 

Take a quick lesson in English

All Fall courses will only be offered online.​

Our 20-hour workshop-style courses allow you to focus on specific language needs. Improve your academic writing, or strengthen your pronunciation, listening, and speaking skills. Class sizes are small to ensure personal feedback from your instructor.

Current short course availability

NESL717 - IELTS Preparation Course - Writing Focus

 
Delivery Options: Evening, Online Hours: 18 Fees: $295

Take the IELTS Academic English Language Test with confidence! Master tips and techniques that can help you improve your score, especially in the writing component, which tends to be the most...

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NESL704 - Academic Grammar and Writing

 
Delivery Options: Online, Evening Hours: 20 Fees: $195

Learn skills needed to write with confidence in academic settings. Learn structures and features of writing to communicate with coherence and unity.

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NESL705 - Pronunciation Listening & Speaking

 
Delivery Options: Online, Evening Hours: 20 Fees: $195

Improve your overall English fluency by participating in this ESL listening and speaking class. Learn different communication strategies.

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NESL716 - ELP Intensive Preparation Course

 
Delivery Options: Online, Evening Hours: 20 Fees: $205

Prepare for the NAIT English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment exam.

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NESL900 - ESL Assessment Tests

 
Delivery Options: Day, Online Hours: 0 Fees: $175

The NAIT English Language Proficiency (ELP) Exam is for students applying to a NAIT credit program and need to submit proof of ELP as part of their application.

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How to Apply and Enrol to ESL 

Are You An International Student?

All Fall courses will only be offered online.​

International students are students who either:

  • Plan to study at NAIT for more than one Level of ESL and need a Canadian post-secondary study permit
  • Plan to study at NAIT for only one level of ESL  as a Visitor to Canada. Please meet with an advisor to find out more

International Students must apply online for NAIT's English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. International Students with a valid study permit are required to study full-time in NAIT's ESL Program.

Learn about the International Student Refund / Deferral Information

Minimum Language Requirements

The NAIT ESL program is not for beginners. Students must have some ability in English. To learn if you meet NAIT’s minimum language skills in Reading and Listening, you can take a free  CLB online self-assessment. If you score lower than a CLB 3, you may not be ready to take ESL at NAIT. These results are not official and cannot be used for placement in NAIT’s ESL program. All students must take the NAIT ESL online placement test before they can enrol in classes.

How to Apply and Enrol to ESL 

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