Why learn English as a Second Language (ESL) at CNC:

  • 30+ years experience teaching English as a Second Language
  • One of the best English Language Institutes in Canada
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Meet students from other countries and cultures
  • Rapid learning in a pure English environment 
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    I owe my success today to my education at CNC. Starting out in the ESL program, I improved my English, which was crucial in order to progress to the Marketing and Management Diploma program. After graduation, when it was time to look for a job, I used the skills I learned at CNC like brainstorming and writing outlines to prepare to job interviews. I was so happy to become a Customer Service Representative at the Royal Bank of Canada and then be promoted to Account Manager. CNC gave me the skills to continue advancing my career and I’m so grateful for all the help and encouragement they’ve given me.

    Shuaiwen Hao

    Account Manager, Royal Bank of Canada

Four ENLA Levels are Available

Students are assessed and placed at the appropriate level before being enrolled in classes. Students who complete lower levels are able to progress to higher levels.

Students who progress to higher levels are able to choose one or two university-level courses. You can get up to nine university credits (equal to one full semester) by the time you finish your ESL training at CNC.

Level 1: Fundamental ESL

15 weeks (19 hours per week)

Start to build vocabulary, practice speaking English, improve pronunciation, writing and reading skills.

Level 2: Intermediate ESL

15 weeks (21 hours per week)

Build on grammar knowledge, expand writing skills, read more complex material from real world sources and become a more fluent speaker.

Level 3: Advanced ESL

15 weeks (21 hours per week plus one university course)

Polish grammar and writing skills to prepare for college level writing, listen and comprehend speaking from a variety of sources.

Level 4: EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

15 weeks (21 hours per week plus one university course)

Listen to lectures and academic presentations, create presentations, write college level essays, read and critique texts and academic articles.

CNC Customized ESL Programs - 4 weeks

Gain practical skills and cross-cultural awareness in a fun and integrated learning environment.

Customized ESL Programs are non-credit programs for students who want to improve their English through experiential learning and immersion.

These programs include three components:

  • English Classes
  • ESL Conversational Time and Leadership/Recreational activities
  • Introduction to:

A. Engineering Program provides visiting students the chance to explore specifics of the Canadian engineering sectors and gain knowledge of the Canadian workplace environment.

B. Health Sciences Program will expose students to the Canadian Health Care system approaches to individual and community health, health promotion and professional ethics.

C. Leadership Program offers visiting students the opportunity to improve their communication and leadership skills by getting involved in planning and organizing various activities at CNC campus and surrounding area.

For more information, please contact Michal Latala, Coordinator, ESL at


Certificate, Diploma, Associate Degree & Post Diploma Programs

Certificate, Diploma, Associate Degree and Post Diploma are designed for students who need to 'top-up' their education to get mid-level jobs.

These programs are for experienced students. They require successful study habits and techniques to benefit from intense and rewarding courses. Course work is aimed to keep you focused and directed towards success.

University Transfer, College and Career Prep

2 years at CNC + 2 years at a university = a 4-year Bachelor degree.

How it Works

  • Complete a 2-year Associate Degree (Science or Arts) or University Transfer program at CNC.
  • Transfer those credits to a Canadian University to complete a 4-year Bachelor program.

The BC Transfer Guide will show you how CNC courses transfer to other post-secondary schools.

Our transfer students are known to perform above average when compared to students who have transferred from other BC colleges.

Transfer students also find that overall the 2+2 study path is less expensive because CNC tuition costs are less than at University.

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Where to Transfer After CNC

CNC credits transfer easily to the following BC Universities:

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    Thanks to the smaller class sizes at CNC I have the opportunity to develop solid instructor-student relationships as well as the flexibility to adapt classroom presentations to accommodate the needs of each student. As an instructor that cares about students’ success, it’s so rewarding to connect with my students and to encourage and assist them in achieving their goals. I love to see each student flourish and witness their progression, both academically in the classroom and personally in the university environment as a whole

    Suzanne Cornelius

    Health Sciences Instructor

College and Career Prep

CCP prepares new and returning students for enrolment in university level courses.

College & Career Preparation (CCP) courses feature extended hours and intensity. This is one of the best ways to quickly earn pre-requisites or upgrade your academic fundamentals like Math and English.

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