ELD Students in library

English Language Development

Learn English as part of our Camosun community. English language skills prepare you for life, learning and work in Canada and abroad. 

 

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 you are learning English as an International language, this program is 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. 

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.

Join an Info Session!

Our next one is August 25, 2022 on Zoom

Info Session Slides 

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.

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

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 the 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.

View all of the English Language Development courses

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. 

Support

ELD Help Centre
The ELD Help Centre offers assistance with your English skills. You can meet one-on-one with an Instructional Assistant (IA). Our friendly IAs can also help you with getting onto D2L (your online course), finding books, computer help and everything and anything to make your experience at Camosun ELD enjoyable!

Where do you find the ELD Help Centres?

  • Students taking ELD 072 to ELD 105: 
    Landsdowne campus, Ewing 202
  • Students taking 010 to 064/062: 
    Interurban campus, Centre for Business and Access (CBA) 160

Computer Help

Find lots of useful videos about how to use the computer and different keyboard shortcuts. Computer tips & tricks

Related link

School of Access

Curriculum & courses

Admission Requirements

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

Information Session

We suggest that you attend an English Language Development (ELD) information session to understand our program

English Language Requirements

 All students need to take an ESL/ELD Assessment 

Applicants can also provide:

BC Grade 11 or 12

Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT) from the last 12 months

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic from the last two years

Test of English as a Foreign Language IBT (TOEFL) from the last 2 years

 An ESL course from another BC college

Make an appointment for a test

BOOK ESL/ ELD ASSESSMENT

                      

 When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the pre-requisites requirements or complete an English Language Placement Assessment.

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

Registration

Below are some resources to help you with the registration process. 

If at any time you need help from a person, please do not hesitate to call ELD Registration:

How to Make a Profile on the Education Planner BC Website
This is for new students only. Make a profile before your register.

How to find your student number(C# or Student Identification (ID))

Getting your Camosun Password (for setting up your Camosun password for logging into myCamosun and D2L)

Using myCamosun to Register

 

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Patrick Maguire

Instructor, English Language Development

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Sarah McCagherty

Sarah McCagherty

Multilingual Support Specialist for HHS and T&T, ELD Dept

I am Jewish by choice, and my Hebrew name is שרה רנה. I am of British descent, Welsh and English on my father’s side, Scottish and English on my mothe ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Nick 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Contact information

English Language Development

We want to hear from you!

250-370-4951

eldregistration@camosun.ca

 

International students contact Camosun International