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Program Details

  • Program Code:6519
  • School:School of Advancement
  • Credential:Recognition of Achievement Certificate
  • Program Type:Advancement program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 5 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Based on communicative teaching and learning practices, English Language Learning (ELL) is an intensive five-level, full-time program designed for international students who wish to improve their English language skills. If you're an international student, this program will help you build on and improve your language skills for success in college, university or your career.

  • ELL's five levels (Elementary, Beginner, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate) run each semester.
  • You'll be placed into one of the five levels depending on the results of a placement test that will ensure you are in the correct language level.
  • Each level runs for one semester and is divided into five modules.
  • You can start the program at the beginning of any module, depending on your date of arrival.
  • You can join the program at regular intervals, at the start of each module.

ELL will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Study in a supportive college environment;
  • Interact with students from around the world in your classes;
  • Develop effective academic communication skills by focusing on the key areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation;
  • Participate in communicative activities, interactive exercises, group work and presentations;
  • Have a direct pathway to college communication courses;
  • Access helpful resources and services (tutoring services, library, counselling, computer labs);
  • Learn from highly qualified and dedicated English as a Second Language teaching professionals who provide quality instruction, encouragement and guidance.

Languages Canada has fully accredited the ELL program.

Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Future Alumni

English Language Learning (ELL) offers you the opportunity to improve your English language skills, which is advantageous when applying to college/university courses or starting a career.

Students completing ELL level 5 have direct pathways to college communication courses if they meet the criteria.

Program Highlights

  • In the English Language Learning program, you can improve your English language skills before your next academic or professional step, while qualifying to study at Centennial College full-time.
  • You'll meet the English language requirements for the workplace, for education and for everyday life.
  • You will engage in experiential activities by participating in the field trips.
  • The program gives you the flexibility to be an active participant in your own learning.
  • The ELL program has direct pathways to college communication courses.
  • During your time in the program, you have the opportunity to live in the college residence and meet others from many different cultures.
  • You receive over 300 hours of instruction per semester with regular assessments to measure your progress.
  • Upon completion, you will be able to live at ease in an English-speaking environment or return home with a greater understanding of English language and Canadian culture.

Career Outlook

  • Career preparation
  • College or university preparation
  • Course preparation


The English Language Learning Program is fully accredited by Languages Canada.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

English Language Learning (ELL) 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

How to Apply

How to Apply

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  1. Download, print and complete our English Language Learning (ELL) Application Form.
  2. Email 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 two years, include a scanned copy. However, prior English proficiency testing is not required for admission to this program.
  3. Contact your Regional Admissions Team member to check your application status.
  4. Upon receiving an offer of acceptance, pay your fees to secure a seat in your program.
  5. Apply for a study permit using your Centennial College offer letter, fee receipt and other documents required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (
  6. Notify the admissions team if your study permit application is approved.
  7. Plan to complete your registration in person upon arrival at the Centennial College International Centre.

Note: Hard copies of your original documents, passport and study permit are required.

Are you a Centennial College agent? Please submit a paper application.

  1. Download and print the 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 it to

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