5-Star ESL

English as a Second Language.

Improve your English-speaking skills. Your future career awaits you.

About the Program

Our ESL program 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 ESL 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.

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.

  • Hours of instruction– 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.

Who Will Benefit?

5 Star English ESL 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. 

Admission Requirements

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

Technical and Computer Requirements

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.


  • A personal computer is required for the entire program. Computer requirements are as follows:
  • 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.


Application Fee: $200.00
Tuition Fee: $2,500.00
Assessment Fee: $250.00

Total Program Fee: $3,050.00

Program fees include 3 months for onsite learning and 6 months for online learning. Extensions can be purchased in increments of 3 months for onsite and 6 months for online.

Questions about scholarships and other financing options? Learn more at Financial Assistance – Focus College

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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.

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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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