English Language Development

Learn English as part of our Camosun community.

Certificate in English Language Development - Level 1

Certificate in English Language Development - Level 2

Program at a glance

Credential

Certificate

Area of Study

Upgrading & Preparatory

Study options

Full-time

Part-time

Work experience

None

Open to International

Yes

Length

varies

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ELD female student

If English isn't your first language, these programs are for you.

Start in September, January or May!

With our help and support, you’ll become more confident listening, speaking, reading and writing English. Offering eight levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) training, Camosun has a course for everyone. 

Tuition-free Courses

Upgrading programs and courses are tuition-free for domestic students. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) will continue to cover the cost of textbooks and student and registration fees for eligible students.

Your path to success

Camosun offers courses in basic English language skills to get you started. More advanced courses prepare you for further studies at college or university, career programs and professional communication in the Canadian workplace. You can progress rapidly by taking ELD-Level 2 courses at the same time as other college courses. Graduates credit their studies at Camosun for academic success in later college and university programs.

A supportive community

Our instructors are highly qualified and committed to providing a friendly and caring learning experience in an adult environment. We understand the pressures and challenges of learning a new language. Our scheduling is flexible to fit your busy life: full-time, part-time, at your own pace; day or evening; all year round.

There are English Help Centres staffed with expert language tutors, multi-media computer labs and a variety of other support services to help you succeed. You’ll be a part of our campus community and meet new friends.

Learn at your level

If you're a beginning or pre-intermediate student, you will start with listening and speaking skills and an introduction to reading comprehension and written composition.

If you're a more experienced English language learner, you will take more advanced courses, either to prepare you for college and university level programs or to gain professional English skills for the Canadian workplace.

An Investment in Your Future

English is the most commonly used language among foreign language speakers. Invest in yourself!  English language skills prepare you for life, learning and work in Canada and abroad. 

Fees

Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

Total fees for courses and textbook costs will vary according to the number and level of courses you take.

Additional Student Fees

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Upgrading programs and courses are tuition-free for domestic students. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) will continue to cover the cost of textbooks and student and registration fees for eligible students.

There are many financial resources to tap into while you are at college to help with your education and living costs. Apply for scholarships & awards that are specifically given to program students, as well as awards specific to the School of Access.

You may also want to visit Financial Aid & Awards for more information about funding.

Build language confidence

Improve your English language skills, earn a certificate and prepare for further academic studies or employment in the Canadian workplace.

What to Expect

Courses begin in January, May, and September. For some courses, you may start any time in the first two weeks of the term.  The schedule is flexible to fit your busy life: full-time, part-time, at your own pace; all year round. You can spend up to 20 hours of class per week supported by another 1–5 hours a week in our state-of-the-art, multi-media language labs.

Level 1

ELD level 1 courses are for beginning and pre-intermediate students who have a fundamental and developing knowledge of English.  Emphasis is on development of speaking and listening skills with an introduction to reading comprehension and written composition.

Level 2

ELD level 2 courses focus on the development of advanced academic English language skills needed to gain entry into college-level programs or technical and professional English language skills needed in the Canadian workplace.

Electives & Support Courses

Get a little extra training where you need it the most. Our elective courses give you some extra pronunciation and grammar practice when you are in ELD or other college courses.

Our support courses are available to help with your specific English language needs when you have progressed to college level courses. 

Related link

School of Access

Curriculum & courses

Admission Requirements

Ready to get started? Get your application in for the September, January or May intake.

Students must meet the pre-requisites for each individual course or complete an English Language Placement Assessment.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the pre-requisites requirements.

Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

Our Teaching Staff

Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.

Faculty/staff profile

Kirsten Bunton

Kirsten Bunton

Co-Chair, English Language Development

Kirsten has been working as an instructor in ELD since 2013, where she taught a range of courses in both the BESL and the C & AP streams.  Mo ... Read more

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Beth Konomoto

Beth Konomoto

Co-Chair, Basic ESL, English Language Development

Beth has been teaching at Camosun since Fall 2014. Previously, Beth was an instructor at UVic and in Japan for seven years. She has also served as Cha ... Read more

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Gillian Atkinson

Gill Atkinson

Instructor, English Language Development

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Ann Brix

Instructor, English Language Development

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Jessie Brown

Jessie Brown

Instructor, English Language Development (ESL)

I’ve been teaching at Camosun since 2009 but have been in the ESL/EFL field for over 22 years. My first foray was as an unprepared teacher in China in ... Read more

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Pei Mei Chia

Pei Mei Chia

Instructor, Basic ESL

I have just celebrated my 20-year milestone of teaching at the college. Though teaching has its rewards, I also enjoy administrative activities. Curre ... Read more

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Cliff Dyer

Instructor, English Language Development

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Sandra Christensen

Sandra Christensen

Instructor, English Language Development

Sandra has been teaching in ELD since 2013, after moving from Vancouver where she taught in a private ESL school for four years. She has a Master’s de ... Read more

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Aleah Gustafson

Aleah Gustafson

Instructor, English Language Development

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Laura Hadwin

Laura Hadwin

Instructor, English Language Development

I have taught beginner to advanced English language learners at Camosun, and also delivered teacher training to Panamanian primary school English teac ... Read more

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John Hampton

John Hampton

Instructor, English Language Development

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Trish Hannigan

Instructor, English Language Development

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Judith Hunt

Judith Hunt

Instructor, English Language Development

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Lynnea Jackson

Lynnea Jackson

Instructor, English Language Development

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Diana Kohl

Diana Kohl

Instructor, English Language Development

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Debra Lewis

Debra Lewis

Instructor, English Language Development

I have been teaching in the ELD department at Camosun College since 2008. Before that I taught at a secondary school in Nigeria, at the British Counci ... Read more

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Patrick Maguire

Instructor, English Language Development

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Sarah McCagherty

Sarah McCagherty

Instructor, English Language Development

I have been a teacher, tutor, and editor of languages and writing for the past 13 years in various settings. At Camosun, I work as a tutor in the Engl ... Read more

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Bruce McCormack

Bruce McCormack

Instructor, English Language Development

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Cristina Petersen

Instructor, English Language Development

Cristina Petersen has been involved in ESL/EFL since her first experience teaching abroad in Japan in 2001. She holds a TESL certificate, Bachelor and ... Read more

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Sian Prytherch

Instructor, English Language Development

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Lisa Robertson

Instructor, English Language Development

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Bev Robson

Instructor, English Language Development

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Emily Ryan

Instructor, English Language Development

Emily Ryan has a Master of Arts, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies i ... Read more

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Carolyn Sadowsky

Instructor, English Language Development

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Leigh Sunderland

Leigh Sunderland

Instructor, English Language Development

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Nicholas Travers

Nick Travers

Instructor, English Language Development

I have been teaching in the English Language Development Department at Camosun since 2015. Previously I worked at Global Village Victoria, and oversea ... Read more

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Tony Vernon

Tony Vernon

Instructor, English Language Development

In 2007, I started teaching at Camosun after three years of teaching at UVic. My career in English as Second Language instruction began back in 1996 i ... Read more

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Elizabeth West

Elizabeth West

Instructor, English Language Development

I teach in the Career and Academic stream for advanced second language students in the English Language Development Department. My areas of speci ... Read more

Contact information

English Language Development

We want to hear from you!

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
Centre for Business and Access
4461 Interurban Rd.
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

Campus map

250-370-4951

eldregistration@camosun.ca

 

International students contact Camosun International