English Language

NorQuest College is a leader in English as a Second Language (ESL) training. We provide language training and intercultural education to hundreds of newcomers each year. Our programs assist recent immigrants in settling, adapting and integrating into our communities successfully.

From foundational English language training, to bridging programs for students with international education and credentials, to workplace-specific language and intercultural training, NorQuest's expertise and training provide students with the roadmap and services to reach their potential in Canada. Many of our students continue on to post-secondary programs once they have achieved the English language competency to meet the entrance requirements.

ESL Intensive - Continuing EducationPart-time

ESL Continuing Education offers a selection of part-time English courses, ranging from general ESL (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to specialized ESL courses.

ESL IntensiveFull-time, Part-time, Online

Improve your English language speaking, reading and writing skills to prepare for further education or employment. All courses are four months long. Free placement testing is available and your program will be tailored to meet your specific needs and level.

NorQuest offers career English courses as part of this program. They will help you improve your English language speaking, reading, and writing skills and prepare you for further education or employment in specific health and business careers by teaching you the career-specific vocabulary and language used in those professions.

LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to CanadaFull-time, Part-time, Distance, Hybrid, Online

Are you new to Canada? NorQuest College supports students' settlement in Alberta and Canada by offering courses that will help you improve English language skills and develop essential skills.

Our classes range from basic literacy to CLB 8 and include specialized courses such as Prep for Online Learning, LINC American Sign Language (ASL), LINC Volunteer, Youth LINC, LINC Hybrid, LINC Online, LINC Rural Delivery, and LINC Home Study for eligible students. Our flexible delivery options allow you to study at your own pace and a time of your choice to achieve your educational goals.

Advanced ESL ListeningOnline
This course helps English language learners improve their listening skills. In this class, students will gain confidence and competency in listening through the use of high-interest content. Advanced-level grammar and pronunciation strategies will be taught.
Advanced ESL Reading
This course helps English language learners improve their reading comprehension skills. In this class, students will gain confidence and competency in reading through the use of high-interest content. Advanced-level grammar points and vocabulary will be taught.
Advanced ESL Speaking
This course helps English language learners improve their speaking skills. In this class, students will gain confidence and competency in speaking through a variety of interactive activities. Advanced-level grammar and pronunciation strategies will be taught.
Advanced ESL WritingOnline
This course helps English language learners improve their writing skills. In this class, students will gain confidence and competency in writing through a variety of interactive activities. Advanced-level grammar points and vocabulary will be taught.
CLB 1 Listening and Speaking
This course will help students understand individual greetings, introductions, and goodwill expressions; understand very short, simple instructions, commands, and requests related to immediate personal needs; understand expressions used to attract attention and to request assistance in situations of immediate personal need; understand very simple information about highly familiar, concrete topics. It will also help students learn to use and respond to basic courtesy formulas and greetings; give brief, simple, common, routine instructions to a familiar person; make and respond to simple requests related to immediate personal needs (such as asking for assistance or for the time, a price, or an amount); give basic personal information in response to direct questions from a supportive listener; ask for basic personal information.
CLB 1 Listening and Speaking - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand individual greetings, introductions, and goodwill expressions; understand very short, simple instructions, commands, and requests related to immediate personal needs; understand expressions used to attract attention and to request assistance in situations of immediate personal need; understand very simple information about highly familiar, concrete topics. It will also help students learn to use and respond to basic courtesy formulas and greetings; give brief, simple, common, routine instructions to a familiar person; make and respond to simple requests related to immediate personal needs (such as asking for assistance, or for the time, a price, or an amount); give basic personal information in response to direct questions from a supportive listener; ask for basic personal information.
CLB 1 Reading and Writing
This course will help students understand short greetings and simple goodwill messages; understand very short, simple instructions for common, familiar everyday situations; get information from very short, simple, common formatted texts (such as simple sections of forms, maps, diagrams, sales receipts, or common universal traffic signs and civic symbols); recognize names, numbers, and some basic details in very simple, short texts related to everyday situations and immediate needs. It will also help students learn to convey greetings or other goodwill messages by completing cards or other very short, simple standard texts; copy numbers, letters, words, short phrases, or sentences from simple lists or very short passages, for personal use or to complete short tasks; complete very short, simple or simplified forms that require only basic personal identification information; write a few words to complete a short, guided text or answer simple questions to describe a personal situation.
CLB 1 Reading and Writing - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand short greetings and simple goodwill messages; understand very short, simple instructions for common, familiar everyday situations; get information from very short, simple, common formatted texts (such as simple sections of forms, maps, diagrams, sales receipts, or common universal traffic signs and civic symbols); recognize names, numbers, and some basic details in very simple, short texts related to everyday situations and immediate needs. It will also help students learn to convey greetings or other goodwill messages by completing cards or other very short, simple standard texts; copy numbers, letters, words, short phrases, or sentences from simple lists or very short passages, for personal use or to complete short tasks; complete very short, simple or simplified forms that require only basic personal identification information; write a few words to complete a short, guided text or answer simple questions to describe a personal situation.
CLB 2 Listening and Speaking
This course will help students understand greetings, introductions, requests, goodwill expressions, and an expanding range of basic courtesy formulas; understand short, simple common instructions, commands, requests, and directions related to immediate personal needs; understand expressions used to make and respond to requests and warnings in situations of immediate personal need; understand simple information about familiar, concrete topics. It will also help students learn to use and respond to courtesy formulas and greetings; give short, simple, common, routine instructions to a familiar person; make and respond to simple requests related to common everyday activities; give very simple warnings and cautions; give expanded basic personal information to a supportive listener; ask for basic personal information; give basic descriptions of concrete, familiar objects in a few short words or phrases.
CLB 2 Listening and Speaking - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand greetings, introductions, requests, goodwill expressions, and an expanding range of basic courtesy formulas; understand short, simple common instructions, commands, requests, and directions related to immediate personal needs; understand expressions used to make and respond to requests and warnings in situations of immediate personal need; understand simple information about familiar, concrete topics. It will also help students learn to use and respond to courtesy formulas and greetings; give short, simple, common, routine instructions to a familiar person; make and respond to simple requests related to common everyday activities; give very simple warnings and cautions; give expanded basic personal information to a supportive listener; ask for basic personal information; give basic descriptions of concrete, familiar objects in a few short words or phrases.
CLB 2 Reading and Writing
This course will help students understand short greetings and other goodwill messages; understand short, simple, clearly sequenced instructions for common, familiar everyday situations; get information from simple formatted texts (such as simple forms, maps, diagrams, signs, labels, tables, and schedules); get basic information from short, simple business or service notices; understand the purpose and some basic details in very simple, short texts related to everyday, familiar, personally relevant situations and topics. It will also help students learn to convey an expanding range of goodwill messages (such as thanks, apologies, congratulations, get well wishes, goodbyes, and sympathy) by means of standard cards or guided notes; copy a range of information, from simple lists or very short passages, for personal use or to complete short tasks; complete short, simple, or simplified forms that require only basic personal identification or familiar information; write a few words to complete a short, guided text or answer simple questions to describe a personal situation.
CLB 2 Reading and Writing - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand short greetings and other goodwill messages; understand short, simple, clearly sequenced instructions for common, familiar everyday situations; get information from simple formatted texts (such as simple forms, maps, diagrams, signs, labels, tables, and schedules); get basic information from short, simple business or service notices; understand the purpose and some basic details in very simple, short texts related to everyday, familiar, personally relevant situations and topics. It will also help students learn to convey an expanding range of goodwill messages (such as thanks, apologies, congratulations, get well wishes, goodbyes, and sympathy) by means of standard cards or guided notes; copy a range of information, from simple lists or very short passages, for personal use or to complete short tasks; complete short, simple or simplified forms that require only basic personal identification or familiar information; write a few words to complete a short, guided text or answer simple questions to describe a personal situation.
CLB 3 Listening and Speaking
This course will help students understand simple social exchanges, including styles of greetings, introductions and leave-taking; understand instructions and directions related to familiar, everyday situations of immediate personal relevance; understand expressions used in familiar everyday situations (such as requests, permission, and warnings); understand short, simple, descriptive communication about a person, object, situation, scene, personal experience, or daily routine. It will also help students learn to use a range of courtesy formulas and greetings in very short, casual, face-to-face interactions; give simple, common, routine instructions and directions to a familiar person; make and respond to an expanding range of simple requests related to everyday activities; give an expanding range of simple warnings, apologies, and cautions; ask for and give information about immediate needs and some feelings related to common everyday activities; give simple descriptions of concrete objects, people, or experiences in a few short sentences.
CLB 3 Listening and Speaking - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand simple social exchanges, including styles of greetings, introductions and leave-taking; understand instructions and directions related to familiar, everyday situations of immediate personal relevance; understand expressions used in familiar everyday situations (such as requests, permission, and warnings); understand short, simple, descriptive communication about a person, object, situation, scene, personal experience, or daily routine. It will also help students learn to use a range of courtesy formulas and greetings in very short, casual, face-to-face interactions; give simple, common, routine instructions and directions to a familiar person; make and respond to an expanding range of simple requests related to everyday activities; give an expanding range of simple warnings, apologies and cautions; ask for and give information about immediate needs and some feelings related to common everyday activities; give simple descriptions of concrete objects, people, or experiences in a few short sentences.
CLB 3 Reading and Writing
This course will help students understand short, personal social messages within predictable contexts of daily experience; understand short, simple, clearly sequenced instructions for familiar everyday situations; get information from simple formatted texts; get information from short business or service texts; understand the purpose, main idea, key information, and some details in simple, short texts related to everyday familiar and personally relevant situations and topics; access simple standard reference texts. Students will learn to convey short, personal, and informal social messages on topics related to familiar everyday situations; copy or record a range of information from short texts for personal use; complete short, simple forms that require basic personal or familiar information and some responses to simple questions; write short, simple business or service messages. Write a few sentences to describe a familiar person, object, place, situation, or event.
CLB 3 Reading and Writing - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand short, personal social messages within predictable contexts of daily experience; understand short, simple, clearly sequenced instructions for familiar everyday situations; get information from simple formatted texts; get information from short business or service texts; understand the purpose, main idea, key information, and some details in simple, short texts related to everyday familiar and personally relevant situations and topics; access simple standard reference texts. Students will learn to convey short, personal, and informal social messages on topics related to familiar everyday situations; copy or record a range of information from short texts for personal use; complete short, simple forms that require basic personal or familiar information and some responses to simple questions; write short, simple business or service messages. Write a few sentences to describe a familiar person, object, place, situation, or event.
CLB 4 Listening and Speaking
This course will help students understand short social exchanges containing introductions, casual small talk, and leave-taking; understand common, sequentially presented instructions and directions related to familiar, everyday situations of personal relevance; understand short communication intended to influence or persuade others in familiar, everyday situations; understand short descriptive or narrative communication on topics of personal relevance. Students will learn to use a range of courtesy formulas and some casual small talk in short, one-on-one or small group interactions; participate in very short, simple phone calls; give a set of simple, common, routine instructions and directions to a familiar person; make and respond to a range of requests and offers; ask for and give information about needs and feelings related to common everyday activities; give brief descriptions of personal experiences, situations, or simple processes, such as getting goods or services.
CLB 4 Listening and Speaking - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand short social exchanges containing introductions, casual small talk, and leave-taking; understand common, sequentially presented instructions and directions related to familiar, everyday situations of personal relevance; understand short communication intended to influence or persuade others in familiar, everyday situations; understand short descriptive or narrative communication on topics of personal relevance. Students will learn to use a range of courtesy formulas and some casual small talk in short, one-on-one or small group interactions; participate in very short, simple phone calls; give a set of simple, common, routine instructions and directions to a familiar person; make and respond to a range of requests and offers; ask for and give information about needs and feelings related to common everyday activities; give brief descriptions of personal experiences, situations, or simple processes, such as getting goods or services.
CLB 4 Reading and Writing
This course will help students understand simple personal social messages within predictable contexts of daily experiences; understand short, simple, clearly sequenced instructions and instructional texts for familiar everyday situations; get information from simple formatted texts; get information from short business or service texts; understand the purpose, main idea, key information, and specific details in simple, short texts related to everyday familiar and personally relevant situations and topics; access simple standard reference texts. Students will learn to convey short, personal, informal social messages on topics related to familiar everyday situations; copy or record an expanded range of information from short texts for personal use; complete simple forms that require basic personal or familiar information and some responses to simple questions; write simple business or service messages; write a short paragraph to describe a familiar situation, event, personal experience, or future plan.
CLB 4 Reading and Writing - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand simple personal social messages within predictable contexts of daily experiences; understand short, simple, clearly sequenced instructions and instructional texts for familiar everyday situations; get information from simple formatted texts; get information from short business or service texts; understand the purpose, main idea, key information, and specific details in simple, short texts related to everyday familiar and personally relevant situations and topics; access simple standard reference texts. Students will learn to convey short, personal, informal social messages on topics related to familiar everyday situations; copy or record an expanded range of information from short texts for personal use; complete simple forms that require basic personal or familiar information and some responses to simple questions; write simple business or service messages; write a short paragraph to describe a familiar situation, event, personal experience, or future plan.
CLB 5 Listening and Speaking
This course will help students understand the gist and some details in moderately complex common and predictable social exchanges; understand simple to moderately complex directions and instructions for generally familiar and relevant procedures; understand the gist and some details in moderately complex communication intended to influence or persuade in everyday personally relevant situations; understand information about familiar or relevant topics; understand descriptive or narrative monologues or presentations related to everyday, personally relevant topics or situations. Students will learn to participate in basic social conversations for some everyday purposes; participate in very short phone calls; give instructions and directions for everyday activities and processes; give and respond to informal requests, permission, suggestions and advice; ask for and give information related to routine daily activities in one-on-one interactions; agree, disagree, and give opinions in small group discussions or meetings; give presentations about sequences of events and incidents in the past, present, or future; or to describe scenes, pictures, or daily routines.
CLB 5 Listening and Speaking - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand the gist and some details in moderately complex common and predictable social exchanges; understand simple to moderately complex directions and instructions for generally familiar and relevant procedures; understand the gist and some details in moderately complex communication intended to influence or persuade in everyday personally relevant situations; understand information about familiar or relevant topics; understand descriptive or narrative monologues or presentations related to everyday, personally relevant topics or situations. Students will learn to participate in basic social conversations for some everyday purposes; participate in very short phone calls; give instructions and directions for everyday activities and processes; give and respond to informal requests, permission, suggestions, and advice; ask for and give information related to routine daily activities in one-on-one interactions; agree, disagree and give opinions in small group discussions or meetings; give presentations about sequences of events and incidents in the past, present, or future; or describe scenes, pictures or daily routines.
CLB 5 Reading and Writing
This course will help students understand simple to moderately complex personal and public social messages related to a familiar context; understand simple to moderately complex, step-by-step instructions and instructional texts for multistep procedures related to everyday situations; locate and use one or two pieces of information from moderately complex formatted texts; get information from simple to moderately complex business or service texts; understand simple to moderately complex descriptive or narrative texts on familiar topics; interpret information contained in formatted texts; access and locate basic information from reference sources. Students will learn to convey personal messages in short, formal, and informal correspondence for a range of everyday social purposes; reduce short, factual, oral discourse to notes or messages; reduce a page of information to a list of important details; write short business or service correspondence for routine personal needs; complete forms requiring detailed personal information; write a paragraph to relate a familiar sequence of events, or description of a person, object, or routine.
CLB 5 Reading and Writing - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand simple to moderately complex personal and public social messages related to a familiar context; understand simple to moderately complex, step-by-step instructions and instructional texts for multistep procedures related to everyday situations; locate and use one or two pieces of information from moderately complex formatted texts; get information from simple to moderately complex business or service texts; understand simple to moderately complex descriptive or narrative texts on familiar topics; interpret information contained in formatted texts; access and locate basic information from reference sources. Students will learn to convey personal messages in short, formal and informal correspondence for a range of everyday social purposes; reduce short, factual, oral discourse to notes or messages; reduce a page of information to a list of important details; write short business or service correspondence for routine personal needs; complete forms requiring detailed personal information; write a paragraph to relate a familiar sequence of events or  describe a person, object, or routine.
CLB 6 Listening and Speaking
This course will help students understand common social exchanges; understand moderately complex directions and instructions for technical or non-technical tasks; understand moderately complex communication intended to influence or persuade in everyday personally relevant situations; understand short group interactions and discussions on familiar topics; understand descriptive or narrative monologues or presentations on generally familiar and relevant topics. Students will learn to participate in routine social conversations for everyday purposes; give sequential instructions and directions for everyday activities and processes; give and respond to informal and formal suggestions and indirect requests; ask for and give information in some detail; express opinions, feelings, obligation, ability, and certainty one-on-one and in small group discussions or meetings; give detailed presentations about sequences of events and incidents in the past, present, or future; simple processes, or descriptions or comparisons of things such as people or places.
CLB 6 Listening and Speaking - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand common social exchanges; understand moderately complex directions and instructions for technical or non-technical tasks; understand moderately complex communication intended to influence or persuade in everyday personally relevant situations; understand short group interactions and discussions on familiar topics; understand descriptive or narrative monologues or presentations on generally familiar and relevant topics. Students will learn to participate in routine social conversations for everyday purposes; give sequential instructions and directions for everyday activities and processes; give and respond to informal and formal suggestions and indirect requests; ask for and give information in some detail; express opinions, feelings, obligation, ability, and certainty one-on-one and in small group discussions or meetings; give detailed presentations about sequences of events and incidents in the past, present, or future; describe simple processes, or describe or compare things such as people or places.
CLB 6 Reading and Writing
This course will help students understand moderately complex social messages, instructions, and instructional texts for multistep procedures, information from formatted texts; business or service texts containing advice, requests, or detailed specifications; understand descriptive or narrative texts on familiar topics; interpret information contained in formatted texts; access, locate, and compare two or three pieces of information from online reference sources. Students will learn to convey personal messages in short, formal, and informal correspondence for an expanding range of everyday social purposes; reduce short, factual oral discourse to notes or messages; reduce a page of information to an outline or summary; write short business or service correspondence for routine purposes, complete forms requiring detailed personal information; write one or two connected paragraphs to relate a familiar sequence of events, a story, a detailed description, or a comparison of people, things, routines, or simple procedures.
CLB 6 Reading and Writing - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand moderately complex social messages, instructions, and instructional texts for multistep procedures, understand information from formatted texts, business and service texts containing advice, requests, or detailed specifications; understand descriptive or narrative texts on familiar topics; interpret information contained in formatted texts; access, locate, and compare two or three pieces of information from online reference sources. Students will learn to convey personal messages in short, formal, and informal correspondence for an expanding range of everyday social purposes; reduce short, factual oral discourse to notes or messages; reduce a page of information to an outline or summary; write short business or service correspondence for routine purposes, complete forms requiring detailed personal information; write one or two connected paragraphs to relate a familiar sequence of events, a story, a detailed description, or a comparison of people, things, routines, or simple procedures.
CLB 7 Listening and Speaking
This course will help students understand moderately complex social exchanges; understand directions and instructions for technical or non-technical tasks; understand communication intended to influence or persuade in situations related to personal or general experiences; understand short group interactions, discussions, and meetings on generally familiar topics; understand extended descriptive or narrative monologues or presentations about personal experiences, general knowledge, or familiar work-related topics, even when some information is presented out of sequence. Students will learn to participate in less routine social conversations for many everyday purposes; participate in routine phone calls; give instructions and directions for technical and nontechnical tasks, procedures, and processes; give extended warnings, suggestions, recommendations or advice; express and qualify opinions and feelings; express reservations, approval, disapproval, possibilities, and probabilities one-on-one and in small group discussions or meetings; give presentations about moderately complex processes, tell stories, or describe, compare, and contrast in detail two events, jobs, or procedures.
CLB 7 Listening and Speaking - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand moderately complex social exchanges; directions and instructions for technical or non-technical tasks; communication intended to influence or persuade in situations related to personal or general experiences; short group interactions, discussions, and meetings on generally familiar topics; extended descriptive or narrative monologues or presentations about personal experiences, general knowledge, or familiar work-related topics, even when some information is presented out of sequence. Students will learn to participate in less routine social conversations for many everyday purposes; participate in routine phone calls; give instructions and directions for technical and nontechnical tasks, procedures, and processes; give extended warnings, suggestions, recommendations, or advice; express and qualify opinions and feelings; express reservations, approval, disapproval, possibilities, and probabilities one-on-one and in small group discussions or meetings; give presentations about moderately complex processes to tell stories or to describe, compare, and contrast in detail two events, jobs, or procedures.
CLB 7 Reading and Writing
This course will help students understand moderately complex personal and public social messages; understand moderately complex instructions and instructional texts for multistep procedures related to familiar tasks, which may be specialized or technical; locate and use three or four pieces of information from moderately complex formatted texts; get information from moderately complex business and service texts containing assessments, evaluations, and advice; understand moderately complex extended descriptions, reports, and narrations on familiar topics; interpret information contained in moderately complex formatted texts; access, locate, and integrate information from online reference sources. It will also help students learn to convey personal messages in formal and informal correspondence for an expanding range of social purposes; reduce short oral discourse to notes; reduce a text of up to about two pages to an outline or summary; write business or service correspondence for a range of routine and less routine purposes; complete extended forms requiring detailed personal information; write two or three connected paragraphs to relate a familiar sequence of events, make a comparison, or provide a detailed description of a person, system, routine, or procedure.
CLB 7 Reading and Writing - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand moderately complex personal and public social messages; understand moderately complex instructions and instructional texts for multistep procedures related to familiar tasks, which may be specialized or technical; locate and use three or four pieces of information from moderately complex formatted texts; get information from moderately complex business and service texts containing assessments, evaluations, and advice; understand moderately complex extended descriptions, reports and narrations on familiar topics; interpret information contained in moderately complex formatted texts; access, locate, and integrate information from online reference sources. It will also help students learn to convey personal messages in formal and informal correspondence for an expanding range of social purposes; reduce short oral discourse to notes; reduce a text of up to about two pages to an outline or summary; write business or service correspondence for a range of routine and less routine purposes; complete extended forms requiring detailed personal information; write two or three connected paragraphs to relate a familiar sequence of events, make a comparison, or provide a detailed description of a person, system, routine, or procedure.
CLB 8 Listening and Speaking
This course will help students understand moderately complex social exchanges; understand extended multistep directions or instructions for technical or non-technical tasks; understand communication intended to influence or persuade in situations related to personal decisions or to work-related issues in own field; understand group interactions about abstract and complex ideas on familiar topics; understand extended monologues or presentations on topics that are generally familiar and related to general knowledge or technical or work-related issues in their own field. Students will learn to participate in less routine social conversations for most everyday purposes; participate in brief professional phone calls; give instructions and directions for a broad range of technical and non-technical tasks, procedures, and processes; propose or recommend solutions to problems in a familiar area; give detailed information; express and qualify opinions or concerns; present solutions and options; indicate opposition or support for a stand in one-on-one interactions and small group discussions or meetings; give presentations to describe and explain structures, systems, or processes based on research.
CLB 8 Listening and Speaking - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand moderately complex social exchanges; understand extended multistep directions or instructions for technical or non-technical tasks; understand communication intended to influence or persuade in situations related to personal decisions or to work-related issues in their own field; understand group interactions about abstract and complex ideas on familiar topics; understand extended monologues or presentations on topics that are generally familiar and related to general knowledge or technical/work-related issues in their own field. Students will learn to participate in less routine social conversations for most everyday purposes; participate in brief professional phone calls; give instructions and directions for a broad range of technical and non-technical tasks, procedures, and processes; propose or recommend solutions to problems in a familiar area; give detailed information; express and qualify opinions or concerns; present solutions and options; indicate opposition or support for a stand in one-on-one interactions and small group discussions or meetings; give presentations to describe and explain structures, systems, or processes based on research.
CLB 8 Reading and Writing
This course will help students understand moderately complex social messages; understand extended, moderately complex, multistep instructions and instructional texts for established (set) procedures related to specialized tasks; locate, integrate and use three or four pieces of information from moderately complex formatted texts; get information from moderately complex business/service texts containing proposals, recommendations and statements of rules, regulations, or policies; understand moderately complex extended descriptions, feature articles, reports, and narrations; interpret information contained in moderately complex formatted texts; access, locate, and integrate several pieces of information from relevant online reference sources. Students will learn to convey personal messages in formal and informal correspondence; reduce oral discourse about established procedures into notes that can be used to write instructions; reduce a text of up to about two pages to an outline or summary; write business or service correspondence for an expanding range of purposes; complete an expanded range of forms, including extended application forms and workplace forms with pre-set formats; write three or four connected paragraphs to relate an historical event, provide a detailed description of a phenomenon, explain a procedure, or express and analyze opinions on a familiar abstract topic; write a paragraph to explain information in a table, graph, flow chart, or diagram.
CLB 8 Reading and Writing - 4 Credit
This course will help students understand moderately complex social messages; understand extended, moderately complex, multistep instructions and instructional texts for established (set) procedures related to specialized tasks; locate, integrate, and use three or four pieces of information from moderately complex formatted texts; get information from moderately complex business and service texts containing proposals, recommendations, and statements of rules, regulations, or policies; understand moderately complex extended descriptions, feature articles, reports and narrations; interpret information contained in moderately complex formatted texts; access, locate, and integrate several pieces of information from relevant online reference sources. Students will learn to convey personal messages in formal and informal correspondence; reduce oral discourse about established procedures into notes that can be used to write instructions; reduce a text of up to about two pages to an outline or summary; write business or service correspondence for an expanding range of purposes; complete an expanded range of forms, including extended application forms and workplace forms with preset formats; write three or four connected paragraphs to relate a historical event, provide a detailed description of a phenomenon, explain a procedure, or express and analyze opinions on a familiar abstract topic; write a paragraph to explain information in a table, graph, flow chart, or diagram.
Effective Listening and Speaking for Internationally Educated Pharmacists and Pharmacy TechniciansOnline
Improve your listening and speaking skills for use in the workplace and social situations. Practise your listening and speaking skills using authentic materials and case studies that integrate profession-specific essential skills and intercultural communication skills. You will also work on IELTS strategies to better prepare you for the exam.
Effective Reading and Writing for Internationally Educated Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians IOnline
Improve your reading comprehension and writing skills for use in the workplace and social situations. Authentic materials and case studies that integrate profession-specific essential and intercultural communication skills will be used. You will also work on IELTS strategies to better prepare you for the exam.
English for Academic Purposes - Listening and Speaking
This course prepares students with the language and academic skills they need to succeed in post-secondary studies. Students practise and develop their listening and speaking skills. Classroom activities, presentations, and academic lectures will challenge students to express multiple perspectives in their speaking. Students will work on the skills they need to effectively participate in group work and class discussions and to take notes on academic lectures.  This course requires students to have completed high-school and at least 3 credits of post-secondary education internationally or within Canada.
English for Academic Purposes - Listening and Speaking EAP II
This listening and speaking course provides students with the foundation of language and academic skills they need to succeed in post-secondary studies. Students strengthen their academic listening and speaking skills. Classroom activities, presentations and academic lectures will challenge students to express multiple perspectives in their speaking. Communication practice for participating in a post-secondary class discussion, group work, and class presentations will be done in class. This course is at a CLB 7/8 level.  This course requires students to have completed high-school and at least 3 credits of post-secondary education internationally or within Canada.
English for Academic Purposes - Reading and Writing
This course assists students to acquire the language and academic skills they need to succeed in post-secondary studies. Students learn to read critically, analyze thoughts and ideas in texts, manage ideas and information, and evaluate texts for tone, purpose, style, and effectiveness. Students learn to respond to texts in writing and develop the writing skills needed to write effective essays at the college level. Advanced grammar points and academic vocabulary are taught in this course. Students successfully completing this course meet the English language proficiency requirement in reading and writing at Olds College.  This course requires students to have completed high-school and at least 3 credits of post-secondary education internationally or within Canada.
English for Academic Purposes - Vocabulary
In this course, students will learn academic vocabulary from the “Academic Word List” using reading, listening, and writing skills. The new academic vocabulary will be presented through a variety of academic texts as well as academic lectures and presentations.
English for Academic Purposes -Reading and Writing EAP II
This reading and writing course provides students with the foundation of language and academic skills they need to succeed in post-secondary studies. Students work on reading critically, analyzing thoughts and ideas in texts, managing ideas and information, and evaluating texts for tone, purpose, style, and effectiveness. Students develop the skills and understanding of how to write effective essays at the post-secondary level. Grammar and academic vocabulary are taught in this course. This course is at a CLB 7/8 level.  This course requires students to have completed high-school and at least 3 credits of post-secondary education internationally or within Canada.
English for Health Careers - Intercultural Communication
This course is designed to help second language learners develop the basic intercultural awareness and competence related to health career practice through various language-based activities. Students who take this course can expect to become more knowledgeable about foundational intercultural concepts and competencies.
English for Health Careers - Listening
This course is designed to enhance the listening proficiency of second language learners, enabling them to better prepare to meet the listening requirements of health career programs.
English for Health Careers - Reading
This course is designed to enhance the writing proficiency of second-language learners enabling them to better prepare to meet the reading requirements of health career programs.
English for Health Careers - Speaking
This course is designed to enhance the speaking proficiency of second language learners, enabling them to better prepare to meet the speaking requirements of health career programs and workplaces.
English for Health Careers - Writing
This course is designed to enhance the writing proficiency of second language learners, enabling them to better prepare to meet the writing requirements of health career programs.
English for Health Careers, Medical TerminologyOnline
This course is designed to assist second language learners to learn the meaning, spelling, and pronunciation of medical vocabulary in English. Lay terms, including slang and idioms, and the anatomy, physiology, and pathology associated with each medical term are also explored.
Intercultural Communication for Health Careers
This course  is  designed to help participants develop basic intercultural awareness and later competence for working in a variety of Canadian health-care contexts.
LINC Alternate Delivery 1Distance, Online
Share your personal experiences in English. Learn English vocabulary from the following themes: personal identification, numbers, money, time, directions, house and home, emotions, colours, weather, family, and clothing. Practise your listening and speaking. Learn to use basic grammar. Learn how to ask for help, answer the phone, talk to health-care workers, and use English for everyday needs.
LINC Alternate Delivery 1 - 2 CreditDistance, Online
Share your personal experiences in English. Learn English vocabulary from the following themes: personal identification, numbers, money, time, directions, house and home, emotions, colours, weather, family, and clothing. Practise your listening and speaking. Learn to use basic grammar. Learn how to ask for help, answer the phone, talk to health-care workers, and use English for everyday needs.
LINC Alternate Delivery 2Distance, Online
Learn to read a variety of texts. Improve your grammar and vocabulary for daily living and/or work. Use correct grammar structures and learn to write simple compositions and reports. Practise your reading, listening, and speaking skills.
LINC Alternate Delivery 2 - 2 CreditDistance, Online
Learn to read a variety of texts. Improve your grammar and vocabulary for daily living and/or work. Use correct grammar structures and learn to write simple compositions and reports. Practise your reading, listening, and speaking skills.
LINC Alternate Delivery 3Distance, Online
Discuss interesting topics based on real-life situations. Learn to use more challenging sentence structures when you speak and write. Improve your speaking by practising dialogues, playing language games, and giving oral presentations in class. Improve your comprehension by listening to the radio, watching films, analyzing the news, and reviewing assignments. Improve your reading by learning to identify the main ideas and to skim, scan, and predict vocabulary meaning from context. Learn to use correct structures, accurate spelling, and correct punctuation as you write messages, reports, and compositions.
LINC Alternate Delivery 3 - 2 CreditDistance, Online
Discuss interesting topics based on real-life situations. Learn to use more challenging sentence structures when you speak and write. Improve your speaking by practising dialogues, playing language games, and giving oral presentations in class. Improve your comprehension by listening to the radio, watching films, analyzing the news, and reviewing assignments. Improve your reading by learning to identify the main ideas and to skim, scan, and predict vocabulary meaning from context. Learn to use correct structures, accurate spelling, and correct punctuation as you write messages, reports, and compositions.
LINC Alternate Delivery 4Distance, Online
Practise discussing familiar and challenging topics. Include extensive everyday vocabulary and idioms while using correct grammar and good pronunciation. Learn to read authentic text and scan for more complex information. Develop your writing skills and learn to use more complicated sentence structures correctly in your writing.
LINC Alternate Delivery 4 - 2 CreditDistance, Online
Practise discussing familiar and challenging topics. Include extensive everyday vocabulary and idioms while using correct grammar and good pronunciation. Learn to read authentic text and scan for more complex information. Develop your writing skills and learn to use more complicated sentence structures correctly in your writing.
LINC Alternate Delivery 5Distance, Online
Strengthen your listening and reading comprehension so that you can speak and write clearly and effectively in social, workplace, or academic situations. Using authentic texts, you will build your vocabulary and use of everyday expressions and idioms. Develop your grammar and writing skills with practice tasks from the workplace, academic study, or everyday life. Learn about and practise essential skills to help you succeed at work and in your community.
LINC Alternate Delivery 5 - 2 CreditDistance, Online
Strengthen your listening and reading comprehension so that you can speak and write clearly and effectively in social, workplace, or academic situations. Using authentic texts, you will build your vocabulary and use of everyday expressions and idioms. Develop your grammar and writing skills with practice tasks from the workplace, academic study, or everyday life. Learn about and practise essential skills to help you succeed at work and in your community.
LINC Alternate Delivery PrepDistance, Online
Learn the English alphabet, numbers, and basic vocabulary. Practise basic personal questions, greetings, and classroom words. Study health and body language, and words for feelings, colours, and clothing. Use basic vocabulary in many different developmental activities.
LINC Alternate Delivery Prep - 2 CreditDistance, Online
Learn the English alphabet, numbers, and basic vocabulary. Practise basic personal questions, greetings, and classroom words. Study health and body language, and words for feelings, colours, and clothing. Use basic vocabulary in many different developmental activities.
LINC Comprehensive - 2 CreditOnline
This course is to meet the language learning needs of newcomers unable to attend full-time classes. The course can be a mix of face-to-face, synchronous, and asynchronous learning. Students are expected to study a minimum of 6 hours each week.
LINC Comprehensive - 4 CreditOnline
This course is to meet the language learning needs of newcomers unable to attend full-time classes. The course can be a mix of face-to-face, synchronous, and asynchronous learning. Students are expected to study a minimum of 6 hours each week.
LINC Comprehensive - 8 Credit
This course is to meet the language learning needs of newcomers unable to attend full-time classes. The course can be a mix of face-to-face, synchronous, and asynchronous learning. Students are expected to study a minimum of 12.5 hours each week.
Listening and Speaking for Success in a Business Career
Improve your listening skills as you focus on note-taking, verbal instructions, participation in meetings and discussions. Listen for the main idea and details. Communicate comprehension of information. Develop oral communication skills for a variety of social and business situations. Select appropriate vocabulary to manage conversation in social interactions. Develop interpersonal competencies in social interactions. Learn strategies for intelligibility and clarity. Learn to participate in group and pair work and presentations and to produce presentations that are successful in a career studies or business environment.
Listening and Speaking for Success in Health Careers
This course is designed to enhance students' listening and speaking skills (academic and functional) to prepare them to be successful in a health related program. Students should be at a CLB 6 (IELTS 5.5) or higher.
Listening/Speaking 4000
CLB 4.  Identify details and inferred meanings in stories, reports, forecasts, dialogues of small talk, and short phone calls. Follow instructions of four to five clauses presented sequentially, relating to movement and position in space, manner, frequency, and duration. Participate in conversations on familiar topics. Ask for explanations if required. Give sets of simple, everyday instructions and directions.
Listening/Speaking 4100
CLB 4. Identify details and inferred meanings in stories, reports, forecasts, dialogues of small talk, and short phone calls. Follow instructions of four to five clauses presented sequentially, relating to movement and position in space, manner, frequency, and duration. Demonstrate comprehension when involved in conversations, dialogues, and classroom instruction. Participate in conversations on familiar topics. Ask for explanations if required. Give sets of simple, everyday instructions and directions.
Listening/Speaking 5000
CLB 5. Identify details and inferred meanings in dialogues containing compliments, invitations, and offers and discussion of interests, likes, dislikes, and preferences. Identify situations and relationships between speakers. Understand a range of spoken instructions. Demonstrate comprehension of advice, suggestions, announcements, and commercials. Demonstrate an understanding of the gist, details, and some inferred meanings in description and narration. Give an extended set of simple instructions in sequence for daily routine activities. Participate in routine social conversation on familiar topics. Express compliments, congratulations, or invitations in small talk.
Listening/Speaking 5100
CLB 5. Identify details and inferred meanings in more complex dialogues containing compliments, invitations, and offers and discussions of interests, likes, dislikes, and preferences. Identify situations and relationships between speakers. Understand a range of spoken instructions of more complexity. Demonstrate comprehension of inferred meanings in advice, suggestions, announcements, and commercials. Demonstrate an understanding of the gist, details, and some inferred meanings in description and narration. Give an extended set of simple instructions in sequence for daily routine activities. Participate in routine social conversation on familiar topics. Express compliments, congratulations, or invitations in small talk. Use the phone to communicate simple personal information. Speak on relevant, familiar topics for three to five minutes. Dialogues in this course more closely approach native speaker speed and vocabulary.
Listening/Speaking 6000
CLB 6. Identify specific factual details and inferred meanings in dialogues containing openings and closings, making and cancelling of appointments, apologies, regrets, excuses, and problems in reception and communication. Understand a set of instructions presented in point form, where sequence must be inferred. Demonstrate comprehension of details and a speaker’s purpose in suggestions, advice, encouragements, and requests. Respond to or extend apologies, regrets, and excuses. Make or cancel appointments, indicate partial comprehension, take turns by interrupting, add comments supportive of others, and avoid answering a question. Adjust levels of formality.
Listening/Speaking 6100
CLB 6. Identify specific factual details and inferred meanings in dialogues containing openings and closings, making and cancelling of appointments, apologies, regrets, excuses, and problems in reception and communication. Understand a set of instructions presented in point form, where sequence must be inferred. Demonstrate comprehension of details and a speaker’s purpose in suggestions, advice, encouragements, and requests. Identify the main idea, supporting details, statements, and examples in a descriptive or narrative presentation or in a group interaction. Respond to or extend apologies, regrets, and excuses. Make formal introductions. Make or cancel appointments, indicate partial comprehension, take turns by interrupting, add comments supportive of others, and avoid answering a question. Adjust levels of formality. Speak on relevant topics for five to seven minutes.
Listening/Speaking 7000
CLB 7.  Identify stated and unspecified details, facts, and opinions about situations and relationships of participants containing expressions of and responses to gratitude and appreciation, satisfaction, complaint, hope, disappointment, satisfaction, dissatisfaction, approval, and disapproval. Understand sets of instructions related to simple technical and non-technical tasks. Understand simple directions on the phone, voicemail, and extended description, narration, and reports. Understand directives, requests, reminders, orders, and pleas. Participate in formal and informal conversations to solve problems and make decisions. Respond to and express gratitude, appreciation, complaint, disappointment, dissatisfaction, satisfaction, and hope. Hold the floor, resume after interruption, and change the topic.
Listening/Speaking 7100
CLB 7. Develop and consolidate your language skills in listening and speaking and pronunciation in this course that focuses on the language and knowledge needed for careers, the workplace, and further studies. Identify details that are directly stated as well as details that are unspecified. Discriminate facts and opinions about situations, as well as the relationships of participants. Understand sets of instructions related to simple technical and non-technical tasks. Understand simple phone and voicemail directions. Understand directives, requests, reminders, orders, and pleas. Participate in formal and informal conversations to solve problems and make decisions. Respond to and express gratitude, appreciation, complaint, disappointment, dissatisfaction, satisfaction, and hope.
Listening/Speaking 8000
CLB 8. Identify stated and unspecified details about mood, attitude, situation, and formality in discourse containing expressions of and responses to formal welcomes, farewells, toasts, congratulations on achievements and awards, sympathy, and condolences. Follow extended sets of multi-step instructions on technical and non-technical tasks for familiar processes or procedures. Identify stated and unspecified meanings in extended warnings, threats, suggestions, and recommendations. Evaluate the validity of a suggestion or solution. Identify facts, opinions, and attitudes in conversations about abstract and complex topics. Use strategies to keep conversations going, speak to large unfamiliar groups, express sympathy formally, and respond to minor conflict by acknowledging a problem and suggesting a solution. Give instructions about a familiar technical or non-technical process or procedure, established by an expert or authority other than the learner. Students successfully completing this course meet the English language proficiency requirement in listening and speaking at Olds College.
Listening/Speaking 8100
CLB 8. Identify facts, opinions, and attitudes in conversations about abstract and complex topics.  Follow extended sets of directions involving several steps in both a technical and non-technical context. Provide descriptions, opinions and explanations related to complex concrete and abstract ideas. Ask questions and analyze and compare information in order to make decisions. Use conversation-management strategies effectively. Students successfully completing this course meet the English language proficiency requirement in listening and speaking at Olds College.
Medical Terminology for Health Careers
This course focuses on medical terminology and the development of the communication skills needed in the health-care sector.
Occupation-Specific Vocabulary Development for Business Careers
Learn and retain a range of general and business-related vocabulary in order to read, write, speak, and understand effectively in a business career environment. Develop word-recognition skills. Use business terminology correctly in a variety of situations. Develop strategies for understanding new vocabulary and idioms from context. Learn advanced dictionary skills. Use a range of reference texts to improve accuracy in your vocabulary.
Reading and Writing Strategies and Development for Business Careers
Develop the reading strategies, reading speed, and comprehension of business-related texts that you need for a career in business. Develop critical reading and thinking strategies. Develop exam-taking strategies. Interpret information presented visually in formats such as graphs, charts, and forms. Learn to write for business communication, and become more proficient at using Microsoft Office Suite. Improve your grammatical correctness in writing, develop editing skills, complete business forms, and improve your typing skills to at least 20 wpm.
Reading and Writing Strategies and Development for Health Careers
This course is designed to enhance students’ reading and writing skills (academic and functional) to prepare them to be successful in the health related program. Students should be at a CLB 6 (IELTS 5.5) or higher.
Reading/Writing 4000
CLB 4. Get information from emails, form letters, flyers, instructional text, and a variety of formatted text. Get the gist and key details of simple, explicit text of two to three paragraphs. Write a short note expressing invitation, thanks, and regrets. Copy short text accurately to complete tasks or learn information. Write a short text about a personal or familiar situation or event. Write a short paragraph with topic sentence and three to four supporting sentenc
Reading/Writing 4100
CLB 4. Use standard reference texts, read two-paragraph newspaper articles, and get information from notices and brochures. Follow common, everyday instructions of one to six steps and instructional text. Read with increasing confidence at the CLB 4 level. Write short letters expressing invitation, thanks, regrets, cancellations, and apologies. Copy definitions from two to three different sources and fill out simple forms. Write a short text about a personal or familiar situation, event, personal experience, and future plans, and explain reasons. Write a short note with a business message. Write a paragraph with a topic sentence and four to seven supporting sentences.
Reading/Writing 5000
CLB 5. Identify factual details and inferred meanings in moderately complex notes, email messages, and letters, containing compliments, invitations, likes, dislikes, and preferences. Understand and follow instructions of 7 to 10 steps and moderately complex text. Demonstrate comprehension of descriptive or narrative text of two to three paragraphs on a familiar topic. Access and locate two pieces of information in CD-Rom ESL educational software. Use email to express or respond to invitations, updates, or feelings. Take phone messages, voicemail messages or prerecorded information with five to seven details. Summarize in point form. Write a paragraph to narrate, describe, or explain reasons.
Reading/Writing 5100
CLB 5. Consolidate and expand reading comprehension at the CLB 5 level, using a greater variety of texts, formatted text, and educational software. Make notes in point form from a pre-recorded audio prompt. Write a paragraph with a topic sentence, 5 to 10 supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence. Word-process, edit, format, and print text.
Reading/Writing 6000
CLB 6. Identify details in moderately complex text, including advice, requests, specifications, cancellations, and apologies. Follow instructions of up to ten steps when sequence must be inferred. Demonstrate comprehension of one-page, moderately complex text on a familiar topic. Fill out moderately complex forms. Write notes regarding a business transaction. Write a three-paragraph composition with transitional and/or concluding sentences. Word-process, edit, format, and print text. Make notes of important ideas with some details from printed or handwritten text. Write personal messages in three formats: informal notes, short formal letters, and email.
Reading/Writing 6100
CLB 6. Identify details in moderately complex social text, follow instructions when not in point form, locate information in moderately complex formatted text, demonstrate comprehension of a cycle diagram, flow chart, and time-line. Access, locate, and compare two to three pieces of information in an online database. Fill out moderately complex forms. Write notes regarding a business transaction. Write a three-paragraph composition with transitional and/or concluding sentences and 7 to 12 supporting sentences. Word-process, edit, format, and print text. Make notes of important ideas with some details from printed or handwritten text. Make notes of major points with some details from a pre-recorded audio prompt. Write personal messages in three formats: informal notes, short formal letters, and email.
Reading/Writing 7000
CLB 7. Identify factual and inferred meanings in moderately complex text including expressions of appreciation, complaint, hope, satisfaction, and dissatisfaction. Follow written instructions of 10 to 13 steps on simple technical and non-technical tasks. Read and locate information in everyday instructional text and formatted text. Demonstrate comprehension of a moderately complex report or narrative of one to two pages. Access two to four pieces of information in online electronic references.
Reading/Writing 7100
CLB 7. Develop and consolidate your language skills in reading and writing in this course that focuses on the language and knowledge needed for careers, the workplace, and further studies. Identify factual and inferred meanings in moderately complex text including expressions of appreciation, complaint, hope, satisfaction, and dissatisfaction. Demonstrate comprehension of a one-to- two page moderately complex report or narrative. Read everyday instructional texts and formatted texts in order to locate information.
Reading/Writing 8000
CLB 8. Identify main idea, supporting details, and inferred meanings in increasingly complex texts, including general opinion, assessments of situations, response to a complaint, and expressions of sympathy. Read and interpret graphic information such as flow charts and process charts. Read a greater variety of authentic and adapted texts including newspapers and magazines. Integrate three to four pieces of information contained in formatted text. Write emails with attachments. Make notes from pre-recorded and live presentations, make an outline of a reading, and write a summary of a reading. Fill out unadapted forms. Write short business letters. Draft an academic essay of three body paragraphs consisting of a topic sentence, 7 to 12 supporting sentences, and a transitional/concluding sentence. Rewrite to focus content, clarify structure, and improve mechanics. Word-process, edit, format, and print text. Students successfully completing this course meet the English language proficiency requirement in reading and writing at Olds College.
Reading/Writing 8100
CLB 8. Read increasingly complex texts, including general opinion, assessments of situations, response to a complaint, and expressions of sympathy. Identify the main idea, supporting details, and inferred meanings. Read and interpret graphic information such as flow charts and process charts. Take notes on live and recorded presentations, outline readings, and write summaries of readings. Fill out unadapted forms. Write business letters and academic essays. Students successfully completing this course meet the English language proficiency requirement in reading and writing at Olds College.