English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

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Get the language skills you need to succeed in Canada!

We offer flexible program options including full-time and part-time courses. The School of English as a Second Language provides many opportunities for you to pursue your English language and post-secondary goals. Studying at George Brown's downtown campus allows you to experience one of Canada's most vibrant cities. Our student support team will help you become part of the college whether you are studying online or in the classroom in Toronto.​

Explore our ESL programs

Full-Time Programs

Our English for Academic Purposes Program can help you improve your English and prepare for post-secondary study and future employment. In addition to your studies, you'll get a true Canadian college experience through various student life events and activities.

Occupation-specific Language Training ​

Newcomers can develop the language and communication skills needed for their specific occupation and sector. This training is offered for free for newcomers in Ontario. 

Did you know?

Approximately 70% of our School of English as a Second Language graduates go on to a diploma or degree program at George Brown College. During your time here, you'll:

  • practice your English skills in a welcoming environment
  • build confidence in your abilities
  • have access to language testing services
  • collaborate with other students whether online or in-person
  • become part of the college community through events and activities hosted by our Student Success Team

Personalize Your Learning

The School of English as a Second Language is committed to provide you with learning that fits your needs and schedule. Students can choose from the following options:​

  • full-time or part-time study​
  • online or in-person delivery*​

*Based on Toronto Public Health guidelines and restrictions​

To personalize your learning experience, students can participate in extracurricular workshops. Some topics** include:​

  • Pre-assessment practice ​
  • Study group and individual language support ​
  • Digital literacy workshops and one-on-one support​
  • Engaging IG LIVE grammar chats focusing on English Grammar & syntax, key vocabulary & idiomatic language expressions, culture & food ​
  • Insightful interviews with GBC ESL students, alumni and college representatives ​
  • Coaching with a focus on career and human skills​
  • Soft (human) skills training for professional growth​

**Workshop topics may change based on availability and demand. ​