EISA offers EAL/ESL classes at a low cost for newcomers and natualized Canadian citizens.

Welcome to our ESL class, adult English learners who want to improve the real-life English skills in a supportive learning environment! If you only have a few hours a week to have ESL classes, our ESL class is the choice for you.

Over the past decades, our ESL classes have helped many English learners achieve their learning goals: improve their English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills and prepare themselves for further education and future employment opportunity. Now, we are ready to help you achieve your English learning goal.

All our ESL instructors are members of the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL). They have many years of experience teaching ESL courses and working with newcomers.

We have always been offering ESL classes at several locations to make it more convenient for you. However, due to the latest provincial public health guideline, we will only provide online ESL classes from September to December 2021.

What are the schedules for the 2021 Fall ESL class?

Mr. Barry Ripper is the ESL teacher for Schedule 1 and 2.

Schedule NameSchedule 1Schedule 2
Course LevelAdult Level 3/4Adult Level 4/5
Start and End DateSeptember 7
– November 25
September 7
– November 25
DaysTuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Time10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)1 – 3 p.m.

Ms. Patricia York is the ESL teacher for Schedule 3 and 4.

Schedule NameSchedule 3Schedule 4
Course LevelAdult Level 4/5Adult Level 3/4
Start and End Date September 7
– November 25
September 7
– November 25
DaysTuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Time9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.1 – 3 p.m.

How do I register?

Please contact the instructor of the schedule you select and register directly with the instructor.

Mr. Barry Ripper: BRipper@eisa-edmonton.org, 780-945-3702

Ms. Patricia York: PYork@eisa-edmonton.org, 780-918-3269

What level of ESL class should I register for?

We offer classes for Adult ESL Level 2, 3, 4, and 5. If you have a recent ESL assessment result, please share it with your ESL teacher. If you do not have an ESL assessment result, the ESL teacher will provide more information to help you decide what level fits you better.

How much do I pay for the ESL class registration?

40 CAD for Permanent Residents or Naturalized Canadian Citizens

80 CAD for students of other immigration categories

After the registration, please mail a cheque or money order (paid to: Edmonton Immigrant Services Association) to our main office. Our address is Suite 201, 10720 113 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5H 3H8.

What are the course load and course content?

We offer ESL courses three times a year: Fall (September to December), Winter (January to March), and Spring (April to June). No matter what schedule you choose, you will have six class hours in total each week.

Our ESL courses improve English learners’ overall skills. Although each teacher plans and designs the courses differently according to students’ skill levels and learning goals, all our ESL courses incorporate one or more of the following subjects:

  • Adult Basic Literacy: It offers basic literacy to adults who want to upgrade their reading, numerical, and writing skills. Students will practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis is on listening, understanding, and verbal skills.
  • Citizenship Education: It orients adults who are new to Canada to Canadian life. It discusses social, economic, and political forces in Canada and helps students acquire knowledge of fundamental and democratic rights and freedoms in Canada and their responsibilities as Canadian citizens.
  • Community and Personal Support: It deals with various community issues such as family violence and drug abuse.
  • Health and Wellness: It incorporates elements of preventative health. It provides students with a practical approach to remaining healthy and fit as they learn English. The focus is on health, fitness, nutrition, and preventative measures.
  • Human Rights and Legal Rights: It informs students of the rights and freedoms that Canadian citizens enjoy and practice.
Thanks to the funds from Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA), dozens of adult English learners benefit from our ESL classes each year.