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English As a Second Language (ESL)

English As a Second Language (ESL)

The ability to communicate clearly involves well-developed speaking and writing skills which are essential both professionally and socially.

Seneca offers a variety of courses focused on general interest, workplace communications and English for Specific purposes. Enrol in our courses and you can improve your grammar and learn the language skills that will allow you to grow as a fluent speaker of English.

Students in the ESL program enjoy the benefits of studying professionally designed courses taught by highly qualified and certified instructors at an award-winning Canadian college.

Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the required courses, students are eligible to apply for a Recognition of Achievement in:

Assessment & Pathways

This ESL chart shows the courses you need to complete in order to progress through the different offerings of ESL available at Seneca.

Register for the English Language Learner assessment - ELL100 - to find out your speaking, grammar and writing levels.

Speaking Skills

These courses teach you how to easily communicate in spoken English, from basic sounds to understanding common North American expressions and customs.

Writing Skills

Learn how to write effectively in both workplace and academic settings, from simple paragraph to building a formal essay. These five courses build on knowledge gained in previous levels culminating in ESL934. Successful completion of ESL934 offers direct enrolment in EAC150.

Grammar Workshops

Don't have a lot of time? Workshops are an affordable, fast and fun way to refresh your knowledge in a particular area relating to the use of the English language.

Canadian Workplace Communication

Learn exactly what you need to successfully communicate in today's workplace. Using case study models, you will learn to recognize and utilize cultural standards and norms to ensure meaningful interactions with co-workers and supervisors. Our courses focus on specific professions to ensure the learning experience is relevant and current.

Summer Intensive Classes

Complete ESL course material quickly with these fast-tracked three-week courses. Students can complete two levels in two months.

General Arts – English for Academic Purposes

Made for students, who want to improve their skills before entering school or a new job. Once you finish the GEA Certificate, you can apply to a diploma program of your choice.

Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT)

OSLT teaches the communications skills needed to find and keep a job in Canada by practicing dialogue tasks normally used in the students' chosen field or career.