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ESL Foundation Program

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The ESL Foundation Program teaches in-depth English proficiency in writing, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Our instructors will inspire you to work hard and accomplish your educational goals, rewarding students who aim high. You will participate in 20-25 hours of classroom activity weekly in a supportive environment with small class sizes. Transition into your undergraduate program with up to 3 credits earned toward your degree.

The length of the program is determined by your English score:

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Our curriculum has been designed to explore the English language based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, external link.

ESL Foundation Program (One term) - 16 weeks

 English proficiency requirements

IELTS 6.0 or Duolingo 100-114  or TOEFL iBT 79-82


 Program dates based on undergraduate start date

September 2022: 

May 9, 2022 - August 26, 2022

January 2023:

August 29, 2022 - December 16, 2022

 Cost

$16,900 CAD, including tuition, materials, ancillary fees, health insurance and one degree credit course

ESL Foundation Program (Two terms) - 32 weeks

 English proficiency requirements

IELTS 5.0 or Duolingo 80-89 or TOEFL iBT 64-68


 Program dates based on undergraduate start date

January 2023:

May 9, 2022 - December 16, 2022

September 2023: 

August 29, 2022 - May 1, 2023


 Cost

$32,900 CAD, including tuition, materials, ancillary fees, health insurance and two degree credit courses

Pre-ESL + ESL Foundation Program (Two terms) - 40 weeks

The Pre-ESL Foundation Program is an additional 8 weeks including 20 hours of class per week of blended learning in both in-person and virtual formats. Upon completion, you will start the ESL Foundation Program (Two terms).

 English proficiency requirements

IELTS 4.5 or Duolingo 65-79 or TOEFL iBT 53-63


 Program dates based on undergraduate start date

September 2023: 

July 4, 2022 - May 1, 2023 or October 24, 2022 - August 25, 2023



 Cost

$37,499 CAD, including tuition, materials, ancillary fees, health insurance and two degree credit courses

Blended Delivery

Our classes will be delivered in a blended format: in person and virtually. You will be located in the heart of downtown Toronto to attend classes in person, where public health protocols will be followed closely. The remainder of student learning is completed virtually synchronously and asynchronously with the support of your instructor and through structured, independent learning.

After completion

Successful completion of the ESL Foundation Program or Pre-ESL + ESL Foundation Program allows you to join any of our 60+ undergraduate degree programs.

Hi, I'm Jessica! As a previous student and student staff in the English Language Institute, the ELI not only provided me with comprehensive English language support but also helped me build connections to university services. The outstanding instructors at the ELI have extensive ESL experience and qualifications. The small class size allowed instructors to provide more individual support to all students. 

The ESL Foundation Program helped me prepare for transition into my undergraduate program, through participation in the peer to peer mentoring program and having access to events and information sessions throughout my ESL studies. These events really helped me become more knowledgeable and confident on day one of my undergraduate studies.


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