English as a Second Language Course

Focus College's English as a second language course is designed to help you learn English with personalized training.

english as a second language course

Here’s what you need to know about our English as a Second Language Course

Our English as a second language course is delivered by experienced instructors, who provide our students with the one-to-one attention they need to succeed. Focus College welcomes many international students each year who get the opportunity to practice and improve their English because of our program.

We have even seen ESL students continue on after their training to get certificates and diplomas in Business, IT, and many other areas of study offered at Focus College. Find confidence in navigating conversations and participating in your community with our English as a Second Language program!

Our English as a second language course will build your language skills through reading, listening, writing, and speaking exercises. There are 4 levels in the program – Beginner, Lower Intermediate, Upper intermediate and Advanced. Each level has 20 lessons, a practice exam, and a final exam. In each lesson, you will apply vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, conversation patterns, and reading on subjects that we experience every day in Canada, such as greetings, activities, sports, hobbies, and many more.

Why take the English as a Second Language Course

The 5 Star English course will take you to new frontiers in your academic, personal, and professional development. Each lesson will apply vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, conversation patterns and reading on subjects that we experience every day such as greetings, activities, sports, hobbies and many more.

English learners benefit from being able to confidently navigate and participate in their communities. Being self-sufficient and engaged in your community will enhance many areas of your life.


Minimum Grade 12, or equivalent Canadian qualification, or relevant experience, or mature student.

For Distance Learning Students

  • Access to internet (high speed recommended)
  • Minimum download speed of 15 megabits per second
  • Minimum upload speed of 5 megabits per second.

Computer Equipment

A personal computer is required for the entire program, with a minimum of the below specs:

  • A minimum of 8 gigabytes of RAM
  • Headset with microphone or a good pair of speakers and microphone
  • Windows 10 or newer | Updated Apple Software
  • Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari

NOTE: This program is not designed to work on devices such as smart phones or tablets.

English as a Second Language Course Tuition Breakdown

Domestic Students International Students
Tuition: $2,500.00 Tuition: $2,500.00
Application Fee: $200.00 Application Fee: $200.00
Assessment Fee: $250.00 Assessment Fee: $250.00
Total: $3,050.00 Total: $3,050.00

*Local students may qualify for one of Focus College's many scholarships. To find out more, please go to the program financing page to find out if you qualify.

English as a Second Language Course Details

Study hours: 400

Full-time duration: 12 weeks

Full-time hours: instructional time of 20 or more hours per week, or if the program leads to employment in a career occupation regulated by Transport Canada, instructional time is 15 or more hours per week.

Attendance Expectations: Students are required to maintain their attendance as per the FC attendance policy.

Students who enroll in a language program which is six months or less in duration or for which tuition is less than $4,000 may not make a claim against the Student Tuition Protection Fund, which is managed by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. Further, this language program may not have been reviewed or approved by PTIB.

English as a Second Language Course FAQ

How long does it take to complete the program?

The onsite instructor-led program is 3 months. 3 additional 3-month extensions can be purchased to allow one year to complete the program. Initial enrolment in the online program is 6 months with an additional 6-month extension available so that you have up to one year to complete your training.

Should I choose the onsite or online option?

If you are local and want to attend an instructor-led, small classroom setting, the onsite option may be perfect for you. If you are located outside of our catchment area, the online program gives you the flexibility to complete the program anywhere in the world where you have access to a computer and the internet. The online program is available 24/7, 365 days a year, so you can study whenever you want to.

Do I need to purchase a textbook or additional materials?

No! Everything you need is included.

5 Stars

The course itself was very informative and covered a wide range of topics, from active listening to conflict resolution. I learned a lot of new skills that I can apply in both my personal and professional life. The course was also very practical and provided us with a lot of tips and strategies that we can use in our everyday lives. I appreciated how the course was tailed to our specific needs and interests.

Skarleth Ndvarro, Focus College Graduate

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Focus College response to Covid-19

Updated March 16, 2020

Due to the current pandemic and the desire to protect the health of our students, Focus College is taking measures which incorporate social isolation.

For current students:

We are suspending our Advanced Diploma and Office Manager courses for the week of March 16-20th, to allow for temporary distance learning to be set up. If any students do not have access to a computer from home, we request that they notify the college immediately. Further information on how courses will be delivered will be available as the week goes on. Please monitor your student email for further information throughout the week.


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