Continuing Education (part–time) ESL Programs

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Spring/Summer 2024 semester courses for the Con Ed ESL Part-Time program will run from May 14 – August 26, 2024. The ESL compulsory courses will continue to be offered in hybrid delivery mode while the ESL elective courses will be offered both in-person and online. Please check the course delivery mode in the course section.

For the ESL elective courses that are offered online, students are required to attend scheduled synchronous (real-time) online classes. These interactive, engaging, and dynamic virtual classes will be delivered through learning platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams, discussion boards, and other interactive technology tools. Course learning materials will be accessed through D2L Brightspace, the Learning Management System used at George Brown College. Online classes will be recorded, and the recordings will be stored in the D2L Brightspace course shell. Students are required to have access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection and camera, and good speakers or headphones.

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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 2024 Semester (May 14 – August 26, 2024).


IELTS Preparation

The IELTS exam preparation course is 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

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International Learners


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