English Language Learning

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Program Code: 6519

School: School of Advancement

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Certificate program

Program Length: 2 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus

Email: ell@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2159

The English Language Learning Program is an intensive, 6 level, full-time program designed for international students who wish to improve their English skills. This program can help build English Language skills for success in college, university, or careers.

All six levels run each semester.  Students are placed in a level based on a diagnostic placement test.  Each level consists of five different “modules,” and each “module” runs for three weeks.  You can start the program at the beginning of any module, depending on the date of arrival. The program emphasizes academic communication skills and focuses on grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation. You will study in a supportive academic environment and build your language skills through communicative activities, practical exercises, group work, presentations, and assignments. You will have access to resources such as the college library and computer labs.

The English Language Learning Program provides a tailored learning experience for each student based on each individual’s separate skill levels. All students must take a diagnostic placement test to ensure correct placement. The ELL program is unique because it is organized exactly for your needs. For example, if your speaking skill is very good, you will be placed in a higher level Listening/Speaking class than in your Grammar/Reading/Writing level.

The English Language Learning (ELL) Program is based on modern teaching and learning practices. Our Faculty members are qualified, dedicated ESL teaching professionals who provide instruction plus support, encouragement, and guidance.

  • You are with instructors for approximately 375 hours per semester
  • You can join the program every 3 weeks as there is a continuous intake 
  • Each new intake is a separate language module 
  • Diagnostic placement tests ensure correct language level placement 
  • You have regular diagnostic appraisals to measure class progress   

 Program levels: 

  • Level One - Elementary
  • Level Two - Beginner 
  • Level Three - Low Intermediate 
  • Level Four - Intermediate 
  • Level Five - High Intermediate

Program Highlights

  • Qualify to study at Centennial College full-time
  • Improve your English language before your next academic or professional step 
  • Meet English requirements for the workplace, for education, and for everyday life 
  • Have flexibility and be an active participant in your own learning 
  • Be able to live at ease in an English-speaking environment 
  • Ease movement into other Centennial College Programs such as the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program 
  • Have the opportunity to live in the college residence 
  • Have the opportunity to meet others from different cultures 
  • Return home with a greater understanding of English and Canadian Culture

Career Outlook

  • Career preparation
  • College preparation
  • University preparation
  • Course preparation

Academic Requirements

This program is designed for International students who wish to upgrade their English Skills. If you are an international student and are interested in this program please contact the Centennial College International Centre.

You cannot apply to this program at Ontariocolleges.ca

Students who are Canadian Citizens or have Permanent landed status and who want to upgrade their English skills should consider Program 6616 - English for Academic Purposes.

  1. Download our English Language Learning (ELL) Application Form
  2. Print and Complete ELL Application Form
  3. Email interapp@centennialcollege.ca and attach a scanned copy of the completed application form and scanned copies of your academic transcripts (Note: If you have taken an English Test within the last 2 years, include a scanned copy – however prior English Proficiency testing is not required for admission to this program.
  4. Contact your Regional Admissions Team member  to check your application status.
  5. Upon receiving an offer of acceptance, pay your fees to secure a seat in your program
  6. Apply for a study permit using your Centennial College offer letter, fee receipt, and other documents required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada ( www.cic.gc.ca ).
  7. Notify your Admissions Team if your study permit application is approved.
  8. Congratulations! Plan to complete your Registration in Person upon arrival at the Centennial College International Centre (Hard copies of your original documents, passport and study permit are required)

*Students who are Canadian Citizens or have Permanent landed status and who want to upgrade their English skills should consider  Program 6616 - English for Academic Purposes.

Are you a Centennial College Agent? Please Submit a Paper Application 

  1. Download and Print Centennial College Paper Application Form 
  2. Scan the completed application form along with certified true copies of the student’s documents (in one combined PDF) and email to interapp@centennialcollege.ca