April 11, 2012: Capilano University to offer free ESL courses

      Wednesday, April 11, 2012

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano University has begun offering English as a Second Language courses at no charge to Canadian citizens. Cap joins 16 other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia that have also started providing free ESL courses.

      English as a Second Language (ESL) programs provide language instruction at basic, intermediate and advanced levels to people whose first language is not English.

      “We want to make sure all British Columbians have the adult education opportunities they need to find jobs, raise families, participate in their communities and fulfil their dreams,” said Naomi Yamamoto, minister of advanced education.

      Under the Canada-B.C. Immigration Agreement, ESL courses are being provided tuition-free to new immigrants, such as permanent residents. As well as ESL in the 17 public post-secondary institutions, this includes WelcomeBC's English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) program in communities throughout the province.

      The province is extending this tuition-free policy to Canadian citizens at public post-secondary institutions, ensuring that they have access to the same opportunities as recent immigrants.

      The Ministry of Advanced Education will also continue to provide financial assistance to ESL students with a demonstrated financial need under its Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program (ABESAP) to help with associated fees, books, transportation, child care and other costs.

      For information on ESL services in British Columbia visit www.aved.gov.bc.ca/esl/welcome

      To find out about WelcomeBC programs including English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) for new immigrants visit www.welcomebc.ca/wbc/immigration/settle/learn/index.page?WT.svl=LeftNav

      To learn more about adult learning programs in British Columbia visit www.aved.gov.bc.ca/adultlearning/welcome