English Language Learning Programs

We educate over 3700 learners every year.

Learning another language and culture isn't easy. As Calgary's largest English language learning provider, Bow Valley College has developed ELL programs that provide you with the skills you need to live, study, and work in Canada.

We work with newcomers to Canada, Canadian citizens, international students, and corporate clients. Whether you are a learner with interrupted formal education or an educated professional, we have language courses to assist you in realizing your academic and employment goals.

Our ELL Programs

What our learners say

  • When I first came to Canada, I asked my friends where I can study. Everyone told me about Bow Valley College.
    Oksana
    Full-time LINC learner
  • I believe that Bow Valley College is the right place for any student who really wants to learn English because everybody is kind. Everybody is willing to help.
    Suzy
    Full-time ELL learner
  • For an immigrant like me who just came to Canada, this program helps you move on with your English skills and clarify your pathway.
    Arvin
    Youth in Transition (LINC) learner

Learn more about our ELL programs

Visit our multilingual website

Bow Valley College is the largest provider of English language instruction in Alberta, offering a range of full-time and part-time programs from beginner to advanced levels. Our programs help learners to live, study, and work in Canada.

The Centre's multilingual website Apply ELL will help you to:

  • prepare to apply for English language classes at Bow Valley College
  • access ELL program information in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, and Farsi
  • learn about a federally funded program called LINC
  • find answers to frequently asked questions about the application process

Welcome to ELL Learning at Bow Valley College - the next step on your educational pathway.

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Welcome to ELL at Bow Valley College

Full-time LINC and ELL

We are a leader in English language training

All of our full-time LINC and ELL programs:
  • offer a range of Canadian Benchmark levels
  • develop your reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills
  • engage you in real-life activities that help you live, study, and work in Canada
Full-time LINC

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada funds our full-time Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs.  These programs are for Permanent Residents and Convention Refugees.  Learners focus on all language skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and acquire the skills and knowledge they need to successfully settle in Canada.

Full-time ELL

Our full-time English language learning (ELL) programs are funded by Alberta Works.  These programs are for learners who are not eligible for LINC funding. Learners develop an understanding of Canadian culture and engage in real-life activities that help them live and work in Canada.

For more information see English Language Learning programs at Bow Valley College.

English for Academic Purposes

Learn the strategies and skills you need to succeed in a Canadian post-secondary institution

This full-time program is for internationally educated learners whose first language is not English. Learners receive instruction in reading, writing, listening and speaking in an academic context. 

There are three levels to this program. Acceptance and initial placement in the program is determined by score achieved on an initial assessment.

Successful completion of the program allows learners to meet the English language proficiency requirements needed to enter most career programs at Bow Valley College or SAIT.

For more information see English for Academic Purposes at Bow Valley College.

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Transition to Academic English

In this program, learners are introduced to the academic expectations at Canadian post-secondary institutions. Learners acquire competencies required for success in college preparatory classrooms and the workplace.

Admission Requirements:

  • recommended Canadian Language Benchmarks of 6,6,6,6
  • satisfactory results on the admisison test
  • minimum of high school education
  • clear and reasonable academic and career goals
  • a completed application form

For information about applying see ELL Program Application Information. Funding may be available for eligible students. For more information, see Bow Valley College Funding Sessions

Academic English 1

This program gives learners the language skills to be successful in Academic English 2, the Corporate Readiness Training Program (CRTP), and career bridging programs. Learners acquire competencies required for success in college classrooms and the workplace.

Admission Requirements:

  • recommended Canadian Language Benchmarks of 6,7,7,7
  • satisfactory results on the admission test
  • minimum of high school education
  • clear and reasonable academic and career goals
  • a completed application form

For information about applying see ELL Program Application Information. Funding may be available for eligible students. For more information, see Bow Valley College Funding Sessions

Academic English 2

Students who complete Academic English 2 with a grade of "B" meet the English Language Proficiency Requirments for Bow Valley College's career programs.

Admission Requirements:

  • recommended Canadian Language Benchmarks of 7,8,8,8
  • satisfactory results on the admission test
  • minimum of high school education
  • clear and reasonable academic and career goals
  • a completed application form

For information about applying see ELL Program Application Information. Funding may be available for eligible students. For more information, see Alberta Works Grant Funding

Transition to Academic English

In this program, learners are introduced to the academic expectations at Canadian post-secondary institutions. Learners acquire competencies required for success in college preparatory classrooms and the workplace.

Admission Requirements:

  • recommended Canadian Language Benchmarks of 6,6,6,6
  • satisfactory results on the admisison test
  • minimum of high school education
  • clear and reasonable academic and career goals
  • a completed application form

For information about applying see ELL Program Application Information. Funding may be available for eligible students. For more information, see Bow Valley College Funding Sessions

Academic English 1

This program gives learners the language skills to be successful in Academic English 2, the Corporate Readiness Training Program (CRTP), and career bridging programs. Learners acquire competencies required for success in college classrooms and the workplace.

Admission Requirements:

  • recommended Canadian Language Benchmarks of 6,7,7,7
  • satisfactory results on the admission test
  • minimum of high school education
  • clear and reasonable academic and career goals
  • a completed application form

For information about applying see ELL Program Application Information. Funding may be available for eligible students. For more information, see Bow Valley College Funding Sessions

Academic English 2

Students who complete Academic English 2 with a grade of "B" meet the English Language Proficiency Requirments for Bow Valley College's career programs.

Admission Requirements:

  • recommended Canadian Language Benchmarks of 7,8,8,8
  • satisfactory results on the admission test
  • minimum of high school education
  • clear and reasonable academic and career goals
  • a completed application form

For information about applying see ELL Program Application Information. Funding may be available for eligible students. For more information, see Alberta Works Grant Funding

English Language Learning for Youth

Helping immigrant youth access further education

Bridge Program

This program is for ELL learners between the ages of 18 and 25 who have interrupted formal education and have not completed high school. This program offers instruction that is age and content appropriate and develops the study and life skills necessary to access further education. For more information, see Bridge Program.

Youth in Transition (LINC)

This LINC program is for newcomers to Canada between the ages of 18 and 24. Learners in this program have 10 years or more of formal education and are grouped according to educational experience and language proficiency. Classes are available at CLB levels 3-6. For more information, see Youth in Transition (LINC).

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Learn about Bridge

Learn about Youth in Transition

Explore the Youth in Transition stories on the Centre blog. 

Part-time LINC

Language instruction for newcomers to fit your schedule

Our part-time LINC classes focus on improving listening and speaking or reading and writing through exploration of settlement-related topics. These classes are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

For eligible applicants, there is no charge for LINC classes. Applicants must be permanent residents or convention refugees, but cannot be Canadian citizens.

LINC Listening and Speaking

Learn conversational skills required for everyday situations. Classes are offered at Canadain Language Benchmark Levels 4 to 7. Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings.

LINC Reading, Writing, and Grammar

Improve your reading skills and learn to write clearly using correct grammar. Classes are offered at Canadian Language Benchmark level 4 to 7. Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings.

See Part-time LINC for information.

Part-time English Language Learning

English language learning to fit your schedule

Bow Valley College Continuing Education offers a variety of part-time English language classes in the morning or evening. 

Our part-time classes focus on general English development or focus on improving specific skill areas. Courses are eight weeks in length and are taught by experienced and qualified language instructors.

See Part-Time Language Skills Courses for more information.

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Integrated ELL

These fee-paying courses focus on improving listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and include the following levels:

  • Basic English Language Learning
  • Intermediate English Language Learning
  • Advanced English Language Learning

See Part-Time Language Skills courses for more information.

Oral Communication Skills

These affordable fee-paying courses focus on oral communication skills. Choose from the following courses (subject to availability):

  • Listening and Speaking
  • Speaking Professionally
  • Pronunciation: Intermediate to Advanced

See Part-Time Language Skills courses for more information.

Written Communication

These affordable fee-paying courses focus on improving written communication. Choose from the following courses (subject to availability):

  • Grammar and Writing (intermediate)
  • Writing Professionally (advanced)
  • Reading and Writing (intermediate)
  • Academic Writing (advanced)

See Part-Time Language Skills courses for more information.

Vocabulary & Grammar

These affordable fee-paying courses focus on improving grammar and vocabulary development. It is recommended that learners complete the intermediate level before registering for the advanced level.

Choose from the following courses (subject to availability):

  • Intermediate Vocabulary Development
  • Advanced Vocabulary Development
  • Grammar - Intermediate
  • Grammar - Advanced

See Part-Time Language Skills courses for more information.

Integrated ELL

These fee-paying courses focus on improving listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and include the following levels:

  • Basic English Language Learning
  • Intermediate English Language Learning
  • Advanced English Language Learning

See Part-Time Language Skills courses for more information.

Oral Communication Skills

These affordable fee-paying courses focus on oral communication skills. Choose from the following courses (subject to availability):

  • Listening and Speaking
  • Speaking Professionally
  • Pronunciation: Intermediate to Advanced

See Part-Time Language Skills courses for more information.

Written Communication

These affordable fee-paying courses focus on improving written communication. Choose from the following courses (subject to availability):

  • Grammar and Writing (intermediate)
  • Writing Professionally (advanced)
  • Reading and Writing (intermediate)
  • Academic Writing (advanced)

See Part-Time Language Skills courses for more information.

Vocabulary & Grammar

These affordable fee-paying courses focus on improving grammar and vocabulary development. It is recommended that learners complete the intermediate level before registering for the advanced level.

Choose from the following courses (subject to availability):

  • Intermediate Vocabulary Development
  • Advanced Vocabulary Development
  • Grammar - Intermediate
  • Grammar - Advanced

See Part-Time Language Skills courses for more information.

Volunteer Led Tutorials

Improve your English language skills

55+ Everyday English

These tutorials are offered from beginner to advanced levels. Learners can also participate in extra prounciation and vocabulary sessions. For more information see Bow Valley College 55+ ELL Tutorials.

55+ Culture and Community

In these tutorial sessions, learners can practice English while learning about community resources and participate in leisure activities. Program registraion includes extra pronunciation and vocabulary classes. For more information see Bow Valley College 55+ ELL Tutorials.

Saturday ELL Tutorial

These Saturday morning tutorial sessions focus on a variety of skills and are suitable for beginner to advanced level English language learners. Topics include Speaking Successfully, Practical Conversations, Effective Writing and many more. For more information see Bow Valley College Saturday ELL Tutorials.

International ELL

We are a global leader in ELL education

Our International ELL program helps learners from all over the world prepare for a life and career.

We are proud to offer an English language learning program 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.

Our program offers:

  • 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

For more information on our International ELL Program, see Study English at Bow Valley College.

 

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Stories from International ELL

On August 28, 2015 the International Education department hosted the International ELL New Student Orientation. We welcomed 58 new international students from 20 countries around the world. Read more

Stories from International ELL

On August 28, 2015 the International Education department hosted the International ELL New Student Orientation. We welcomed 58 new international students from 20 countries around the world. Read more

LINC Home Study

Study English from home

LINC Home Study is a free English language training program for eligible newcomers to Canada who cannot attend regular classes. Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, this program is offered online and by correspondence. Learners work one-on-one with a qualified TESL instructor every week.

The program has 7 modules and is offered from Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels: 3 to 8.

For more information, see LINC Home Study

Exam Preparation

We can help you every step of the way

Bow Valley College is an official IELTS and CELPIP testing site.

We offer exam preparation courses to prepare learners to write the IELTS or CELPIP tests. At Bow Valley College, we know how important completing the IELTS or the CELPIP Test is to your success, so why not learn from the best? 

 

 

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IELTS

Our excellent instruction delivered in a program that fits your needs has been a proven path to success for thousands of students just like you. 

IELTS Preparation

In this course, you will practice each component of the IELTS Academic test (speaking, listening, academic reading, and academic writing) within the time restrictions set by IELTS.

IELTS Intensive

this course prepares participants to take the IELTS Academic format but has fewer practice hours than the IELTS Preparation class.

For more information on these programs and testing dates, see IELTS at Bow Valley College.

CELPIP

The CELPIP Test is the Canadian English Language Test. It is a complete English language testing program that accurately assesses the four English language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. The CELPIP Test is offered in three versions, CELPIP-Academic, CELPIP-General and CELPIP-General LS to serve both an academic and non-academic purpose.

For more information on CELPIP testing and preparation programs, see CELPIP at Bow Valley College.

For more information or to enrol in a program, please contact Shanta at Bow Valley College by telephone at 403-410-3466 or by email at sferguson@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

IELTS

Our excellent instruction delivered in a program that fits your needs has been a proven path to success for thousands of students just like you. 

IELTS Preparation

In this course, you will practice each component of the IELTS Academic test (speaking, listening, academic reading, and academic writing) within the time restrictions set by IELTS.

IELTS Intensive

this course prepares participants to take the IELTS Academic format but has fewer practice hours than the IELTS Preparation class.

For more information on these programs and testing dates, see IELTS at Bow Valley College.

CELPIP

The CELPIP Test is the Canadian English Language Test. It is a complete English language testing program that accurately assesses the four English language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. The CELPIP Test is offered in three versions, CELPIP-Academic, CELPIP-General and CELPIP-General LS to serve both an academic and non-academic purpose.

For more information on CELPIP testing and preparation programs, see CELPIP at Bow Valley College.

For more information or to enrol in a program, please contact Shanta at Bow Valley College by telephone at 403-410-3466 or by email at sferguson@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

Regional ELL

Part-time courses for learners who live outside of Calgary

Regional LINC

These part-time courses are for LINC eligible learners who live outside of Calgary.  Learners will improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through the exploration of settlement-related topics of local interest.

These courses are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

For more information, see Regional LINC.

Regional Language Skills Courses

These part-time courses are offered in Banff and Canmore. They focus on general language or specific skill development. Courses range from basic to advanced levels.

For more information, see Regional Language Skills Courses.

Online Courses

Focusing on workplace communication skills

Bow Valley College Continuing Education offers part-time online courses for learners who want to develop their workplace skills and have a flexible schedule.

These courses are suitable for learners who want to study and work at the same time.

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Fit in Fast

This 30-hour online professional development course will help immigrant professionals master communication and networking skills that lead to success and enhanced performance in the Canadian workplace. 

This course is for learners with Canadian Language Benchmarks 7 or higher.

Register for this course.

Language for Work

This 50-hour online course is an introduction to culture and communication in the Canadian workplace. The course focuses on increasing workplace communication skills, intercultural knowledge, skills and awareness, and pragmatic competence.

This course is for learners with Canadian Language Benchmarks 7 or higher.

Register for this course.

Fit in Fast

This 30-hour online professional development course will help immigrant professionals master communication and networking skills that lead to success and enhanced performance in the Canadian workplace. 

This course is for learners with Canadian Language Benchmarks 7 or higher.

Register for this course.

Language for Work

This 50-hour online course is an introduction to culture and communication in the Canadian workplace. The course focuses on increasing workplace communication skills, intercultural knowledge, skills and awareness, and pragmatic competence.

This course is for learners with Canadian Language Benchmarks 7 or higher.

Register for this course.