14 Weeks per Level   |  350  Hrs per Level

Program Summary


ESL for Academic Purposes.

English Language Education

Go beyond your average English language education with Bay River College’s hybrid ESL for Academic Preparation (ESLEAP) program. Our unique program is designed specifically to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of Canadian colleges, universities and trade schools. Successful completion of our four-stage ESL program will provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to excel in degree programs at Bay River College or any other post-secondary school across Canada. 

ESL students want more from their studies than lessons on grammar and spelling. They want an education that will provide them with real opportunities for personal, professional and academic development. Our unique ESLEAP program is developed with the needs of today’s modern student in mind. As part of this comprehensive course, students will develop essential skills, including note-taking, computer literacy, public speaking and presentation skills, learning strategies and intercultural communications. Students will also study Canadian culture, business etiquette and current events to help them adapt to life in the country. Finally, students will receive training to prepare them to take the IELTS test.

Who is the ESLEAP Program designed for?

The ESLEAP Program is designed for both International and Domestic students whose primary language is not English and want to:

  • Prepare themselves for successful entry into post secondary institutes that offer university undergraduate degree programs such as those offered at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and St. Mary’s University in Calgary. 
  • Are looking for an option to secure entry into Bay River College’s accredited Professional/Technical Training diploma/certificate programs in Canada.

This program is also an excellent choice for domestic ESL students who have completed CLB 4 ESL programs such as LINC and are looking for additional language training opportunities that are not offered by LINC.


Language Entrance Criteria

An upwards-pointing arrow depicting the levels of BRC's ESLEAP program.

Bay River College’s ESL for Academic Purposes (ESLEAP) program is broken up in to four stages to better address the specific needs of our students. Each of these four stages is 350 hours, and take place over 14 weeks. These four levels of proficiency will prepare students for the language eligibility requirements of post-secondary academic and professional training.

Prerequisites for Entrance

A minimum OF CLB 4 or IELTS 5 assessment results are required to enter ESLEAP 1. Official transcripts are required as proof of language assessment. 


Students will be placed in the level corresponding to their entrance assessments. We also accept proof of language levels as verified by a recent official CLB Assessment or IELTS assessment results received within the last 12 months. 

Fields of study

Over the course of our our 4-level program (ESLEAP 1 to ESLEAP 4), students will cover the following material at progressively increasing English language skill levels:

Academic Language Skills 

This ESLEAP course covers all essential language skills such as: 

  • Listening/Speaking
  • Reading/Writing 
  • Pronunciation 
  • Integrated Grammar

Students will learn to speak with clarity, listen carefully, and gain the writing competencies necessary to complete academic assignments with ease and accuracy. 

Academic and Professional Skills

To succeed academically, students will need to learn important study techniques specific to the curriculum of colleges and universities in Canada. Our ESLEAP program teaches:

  • Critical Thinking Skills 
  • Pronunciation and presentation skills 
  • Note-Taking
  • Synthesising and summarizing
  • Advanced Computer Literacy
  • Academic Research 
  • IELTS test preparation

Skills Enhancement 

These classes will be offered in the form of workshops and independent project work dedicated to subjects such as: 

  • Learning strategies for Canadian post secondary education
  • Advanced writing workshops 
  • Academic skills 
  • Public speaking 
  • Current events
  • Intercultural communication 
  • Canadian professional etiquette
  • Canadian cultural events and activities

These enhanced skills workshops and classes will enable students to not only learn the English language, but to also fit into the culture and become “part of the conversation”.

Frequently asked questions

Use the form below, email us at [email protected], or give us a call at +1-403-457-6400. Once we get your information, we will get in touch and set up a meeting to help walk you through our applications.

 We offer flexible class times on a rolling intake schedule. New students are accepted every month. Check with us to determine our current options. 

Our ESL program is for students with some knowledge of English. You should have the equivalent of CLB 4 or IELTS 3 before entering the program. You will be expected to pass an assessment test as part of your application. If you require a lower level of English education, check out other, local LINC programs.

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    Latest updates

    March 15, 2020 update – Bay River College Calgary Campus.