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Everyday English as a Second Language

Certificate of Completion | 94711

Program Overview

The online Everyday English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate* incorporates exceptionally rich multimedia lessons and provides you with an interactive learning experience that simulates a wide variety of everyday communication situations. Our courses place a strong focus on comprehension, written and spoken expression, English vocabulary, and English grammar, while incorporating interesting aspects from North American culture.

We have enhanced our online language courses in a number of ways which go beyond traditional online learning environments. Our virtual classroom allows you to drop in and speak face-to-face with your instructor and classmates four times during the course to ask questions and practise speaking. Our online courses further build a strong community of learners through online discussion forums in English. The courses will also provide you with a vast array of additional resources beyond the required course material.

Students looking to earn the Everyday English as a Second Language Certificate can begin their studies at their appropriate level rather than having to start at Level 1. However, students must complete at least Levels 5 and 6 to receive the certificate.

*Offered in conjunction with Rosetta Stone®

Intensive Program

Students can now choose to complete English 1 & 2, 3 & 4 or 5 & 6 in the same semester. This stream will allow students to complete the Everyday English as a Second Language certificate in one year rather than two if starting from Level 1.

For students interested in the intensive program, you do not need to register and pay for both classes at the same time - you can register and pay for the second class when it begins.

Additional Information

Professional English as a Second Language Certificate

Students who have graduated from our Everyday English as a Second Language certificate and wish to continue their ESL studies can register into our online Professional English as a Second Language certificate. Students should enter the professional stream at a higher level, as focus on professional communication and specialized business vocabulary begin at Level 4. Students must complete at least Levels 5 and 6 to receive the Professional English as a Second Language certificate.

 Online program highlights include:

  • lessons provided in partnership with Rosetta Stone®
  • individualized language support from your professor
  • access to a variety of supplementary web-based language learning resources
  • online quizzes to test your knowledge and allow your professor to evaluate your progress
  • discussion boards to practise writing with your instructor and classmates
  • virtual office hours with your professor, hosted in our virtual classroom
  • conversation clubs for language practice with your classmates, hosted in our virtual classroom
  • final oral exam online


The lessons are an excellent learning tool, because they use sight, writing, speaking, exercises and games, so every sense is challenged and you don't get bored. I enhanced different parts of my language skills, such as grammar, speech, reading and listening. In the virtual classroom, learners can talk to the teacher/instructor and to each other. The instructor is very personal and adjusts to your skill level. The virtual classroom allows learners to attend sessions from anywhere in the world. Overall, I enjoy learning with this program and would definitely recommend it!

-- Marion

The online languages course is convenient, flexible and easy to access at my own pace. The lessons are great for learning a second language. I can complete lessons during my lunch time, before I go to bed or on the weekends. If I have any questions, I send messages to the instructor, who responds quickly. The virtual classroom is helpful for practising conversation, so I use it every chance I get.

--Joanne H.

Note: Courses in the English as a Second Language certificates do not qualify for English credit in diploma/degree programs.

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