Programs & Courses

English as a Second Language for New Canadians

About the Program

This program helps immigrants and refugees develop English language skills for life in Canada. Learn about Canadian culture and take part in activities that help you live and work in Alberta as you build confidence reading, writing, listening, and speaking English.

The language, intercultural and technological skills you develop in this program will help you find work, or continue your education in one of the college’s certificate, diploma, or degree programs.

The ESLC program uses the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) framework, which is a nationally recognized scale of English language ability. The ESLC program offers CLBs 4-6.

Our college is welcoming and provides personal attention to meet your needs. We encourage you to meet our ESLC Administrator to determine funding and CLB level eligibility.

Not what you’re looking for?
MHC also offers English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Language for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs.

Contact Us

Shalla Shaharyar
ESLC Program Administrator

Medicine Hat Campus
Tel: 403.529.3819
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.(M-F)

Brooks Campus
Tel: 403.362.1682
Hours: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (M-F)

  • Priority will be given to those applicants who complete all registration requirements early.
  • Meet with the ESL Administrator to complete an assessment to ensure placement in classes, before meeting with an Academic Advisor.

Topics you will cover include:

  • Reading Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Listening Skills

The ESL for new Canadian program covers all aspects of English such as:

  • Listening 
  • Speaking 
  • Writing 
  • Reading  

You will also learn about Canadian culture, and build life skills and computer skills. You will work hard in the program, but the class work is interesting. Text books and lessons are part of the course, but we also use materials like newspapers, magazines, and other items from the real world.

The program is offered on a part-time basis to accommodate students who are working. Typically, you will take ten hours every week for 16 weeks. Ask a staff member about full-time programming options.

Better English skills will help you with many parts of your new life in Canada. People who complete the course say they have more independence in all respects in their new country. You can expect improved language skills to increase your ability to handle financial, educational, employment and social situations.

When you finish the course, you may decide you have just enough English skills to get a job, or you may consider continuing your education by enrolling in another college program. Our friendly, knowledgeable instructors are here to help you succeed. They will help you improve your English skills, while you gain confidence and increase your opportunities in Canada.

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

At MHC, we care about students and want to help you succeed.

As a student, there may be times when you require support. Our SERVICES page provides you with links to a number of campus supports including academic success, counselling and care, health and wellness, and many other resources.