Continuing Education (part–time) ESL Programs

Improve your English in the evening or on the weekend with one of our Con Ed (Part-Time) certificate program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Fall 2023 semester courses (September 12 - December 16, 2023) for the Con Ed ESL Part-Time program will be offered in hybrid and in-person delivery mode.

All ESL compulsory courses from a low beginner to an advanced level are hybrid courses with a combination of face-to-face (F2F) learning and on-line learning. Students in a hybrid course are required to attend F2F classes in person. F2F classes will be delivered at 341 King Street East location (Building H, St. James Campus). Most course hours will be delivered F2F on campus and these classes will not be recorded. Only a few hours will be delivered online, and these synchronous live classes will be recorded. 

All ESL elective courses will be offered in the in-person delivery mode only. Students are required to attend in-person classes at a scheduled time. These classes will be delivered on campus (341 King St E) and will not be recorded.

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Prerequisite(s) and Placement Test


Unless you are registering for ESL IA, you must come in for an English placement test to determine the level you should start in. You can also present IELTS (Academic) or TOEFL test results to the program coordinator and be admitted directly into the appropriate ESL level. The tests must be taken within the last six months and the test results must be submitted before the scheduled date of the placement test.


All the information you need to register for the course(s) will be provided to you on the same day of the test, along with your test results.

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Certificate Requirements

You must achieve a cumulative grade average of B (73%) or better in all courses.

There are two requirements for completing the certificate:

  1. Complete at least five (5) ESL courses at GBC;
  2. Complete ESL 9068 (ESL IIIB ADVANCED).

For example:

If you have completed an ESL course at George Brown College within the last six months, you can apply to start at the next level without having to complete a placement test.


Registration for returning ESL students as well as new students takes place online for the Spring/Summer 2023 semester (May16 - August 17, 2023).


IELTS Preparation

The IELTS exam preparation courses are designed for intermediate to advanced level ESL students who plan to do the IELTS exam (Academic or General Training module) and wish to achieve their desired score through in-depth practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing strategies related to the type of questions asked during the exam. Students benefit from authentic materials used in the class and the opportunity to receive feedback from instructors on performance as well as tips on how to improve their IELTS score.


Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

This course is for ESL students who plan to apply for a working visa, permanent residence in Canada, or Canadian citizenship and are required to submit a proof of English language proficiency as part of their application.

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Financial Assistance

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Continuing Education

International Learners

Learn more about being an International Learner at George Brown College.

International Learners


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