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English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language

Due to schools being closed, adult ESL classes will be available from home until the end of this school year.  If you have a question or would like to register for a class, please email​ or call 905-731-9557 / 905-305-4122 and leave us a message.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

York Region District School Board, in partnership with the government of Ontario, provides English as a Second Language (ESL) training for adults (18+) from basic to advanced levels.


Adult ESL programs are available to adults looking to:

  • Communicate effectively in English;
  • Gain job and workplace specific language skills;
  • Acquire the concepts necessary to pass the Citizenship test;
  • Learn about Canada and Ontario.


SUMMER ESL ​CLASSES (Online and by Phone - Distance Learning)
Literacy to CLB 12 classes available

Develop effective language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing for daily life in Canada.
Varied Course offerings based on learner’s current CLBs.
When: Monday July 6 to Friday July 31


SUMMER SPECIALIZED COURSES (Online and by Phone – Distance Learning)

Varied course offerings based on learner’s academic and professional needs and areas of interest.


Courses are available from CLB 3 to 12
Focus on listening and speaking to develop and enhance effective conversation strategies for success in Canadian society, education system and workplace.  Whether interviewing for a job, speaking to your child’s teacher or speaking to any other professional, this course will enable you to communicate with more confidence and clarity of speech.
Varied course offerings based on learner’s current CLBs.

IELTS/TOE​FL Preparation

Minimum requirement of CLB 5
Take this course to become familiar with the IELTS or TOEFL exam formats, acquire effective test-taking strategies, and expand your academic vocabulary and communication skills.


Minimum requirement of CLB 3 in Speaking
This course will develop effective language skills in preparing learners to take the Canadian Citizenship test through a focus on specific vocabulary and necessary concepts. Certificate of completion provided upon successful completion.
To register please contact or call 905-731-9557 or 905-305-4122

How do you register for September classes?

  1. Review course offerings and select a location and time that works for you.
  2. Registration is ongoing. Call 905-731-9557 or 905-305-4122 to learn more.
  3. A language assessment may be necessary to start the training. Call 1-855-330-8655 to book a language assessment near you.   

*Visitors to Canada please call 905-731-9557 or 905-305-4122 to book an appointment.


Have a que​stion?

Call 905-731-9557 or 905-305-4122, email or visit a location near you!

We look forward to welcoming you to Adult ESL!

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