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:

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All courses are offered at our 341 King Street East location. Located downtown, in the historic St. Lawrence district, this facility has classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including interactive, electronic SMART Boards. Other features of the site include computer labs, a dedicated library, a spacious student lounge, common areas, study areas and a reflection room, as well as beautiful views of downtown Toronto.

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.

Register for the Placement Test

Certificate Requirements

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

There are two requirements for completing the certificate:

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

For example:

  • If you take the level placement test and begin with ESL IA, you will need to complete all 8 compulsory courses (completed at least 5 courses; completed ESL IIIB)
  • If you take the level placement test and begin with ESL IIC, you will need to complete IIC, IIIA and IIIB plus 2 elective courses (completed at least 5 courses; completed ESL IIIB)

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


Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, registration for returning ESL students as well as new students will take place online for the Spring/Summer semester (May 19 – August 21, 2020).


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

Visit our Continuing Education website to learn more.

Continuing Education

International Learners

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

International Learners


Visit our Continuing Education website to learn more about their policies.