Continuing Education

English as a Second Language

Improve your language skills with NAIT’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program

NAIT ESL is excited to offer all levels 1- 6 both online and face-to-face.

English language learning has never been so flexible or convenient!

The NAIT ESL department prides itself on offering the best online and face-to-face language learning classes. Whether you choose to study online or face-to-face, you will have a great learning experience guided by our friendly and knowledgeable instructors. In a comfortable classroom setting, you will improve your language and study skills, while confidently exploring the richness of the Canadian culture.

Support and information for Ukrainian students, including Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) and applicant support information can be found here  Support for Ukrainian students

Intakes

Winter 2022

January 5 - April 21, 2022
(online application closes Wednesday, December 1, 2021)

Spring 2022

May 9 - August 18, 2022
(online application closes Monday, April 4, 2022)

Fall 2022

September 1 - December 15, 2022
(online application closes Sunday, August 28, 2022)

Winter 2023

January 4 - April 21, 2023
(online application closes Sunday, January 1, 2023)

Spring 2023

May 8 - August 27, 2023
(online application closes Monday, May 1, 2023)

To register after the online application closes, contact esl@nait.ca.

Courses

Level 1

  • NESL111 - Listening & Speaking
  • NESL121 - Reading & Vocabulary
  • NESL131 - Grammar & Writing

Level 2

  • NESL211 - Listening & Speaking
  • NESL221 - Reading & Vocabulary
  • NESL231 - Grammar & Writing

Level 3

  • NESL311 - Listening & Speaking
  • NESL321 - Reading & Vocabulary
  • NESL331 - Grammar & Writing

Level 4

  • NESL411 - Listening & Speaking
  • NESL421 - Reading & Vocabulary
  • NESL431 - Grammar & Writing

Level 5

  • NESL511 - Listening & Speaking
  • NESL521 - Reading & Vocabulary
  • NESL531 - Grammar & Writing

Level 6

  • NEAP611 - Listening & Speaking
  • NEAP621 - Reading & Vocabulary
  • NEAP631 - Grammar & Writing

Quick Facts

Credential: Certificate Achievement

An approved non-credit program that has a formal summative assessment component, has mappped program or course outcomes, and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday in the daytime.

ESL Levels

NAIT offers 6 levels of ESL. Levels 1, 2, and 3 are foundation-building courses for foundational to intermediate learners. Levels 4, 5, and 6 build academic English skills of intermediate to advanced learners.

  • The each level semester is 4 months which allows you time to practice  study and collaboration skills for any NAIT credit program.  
  • Taking ESL at NAIT allows you to take all your prerequisite courses in the same institution before entering into other NAIT programs.
ESL journey at NAIT

ESL Level Placement Test

Why do I need a test?

  •  All students who want  to enrol in the  ESL day program must first take the NAIT ESL online placement test. Only our placement test can determine a student's entry level. Placement tests can be done online or in-person.

How do I register for the test?

  • All students must apply online for the ESL program. Placement test appointments can be booked online once the tuition deposit has been paid. 

How much does the test cost?

  • The test is included in the tuition deposit.

When do the tests take place?

  • Online: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • In person on campus: Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • 48 hours prior to the test, students will receive an email from esl@nait.ca with instructions and login information.

What English skills are assessed?

  • Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.

How long are my test results valid for?

  • 9 months

When will I know my test results?

  • Results will be available the next business day. To view the results on the MyNAIT portal, follow these steps:
  • my.nait.ca > Academic records > View my grades > My tests results.

How can I tell if I meet the minimum requirements before I take the ESL level placement test?

  • To learn if you meet NAIT’s minimum language skills in Reading and Listening, you can take a free  CLB online self-assessment.

Program Details

NAIT ESL is excited to offer all levels 1- 6 both online and face-to-face.

What To Expect

ESL learning at NAIT is hands-on, authentic and offer a relevant language learning experience that can help you acquire professional skills, career competencies and language skills.

The program includes courses in Writing & Grammar, Listening & Speaking, and Reading & Vocabulary. Each course is taught by a different instructor. Having multiple instructors lets you to experience different teaching styles and apply this to the post-secondary Canadian classroom or the workplace. 

Program Length

Each term is 15 weeks long. The full-time program includes 4 hours of classroom instruction per day, Monday to Friday. Morning or afternoon schedules are available.  

Program length is individual and will depend on your starting level and learning goals. Please refer to the ESL levels tab for more information.

Entrance Requirements

  • All students must apply online for NAIT's ESL program, pay a deposit and then take the NAIT ESL online Level Placement Test.
  • NAIT’s ESL Level 1 is not for absolute beginners. Students must have some ability in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Students who place below NAIT ESL Level 1 (equivalent to about Canadian Language Benchmarks level 3) will not be eligible to register.

Assessments and Placement Testing

NAIT Assessment Services offers a variety of assessment services to NAIT students and instructors, non-NAIT students and external organizations/institutions.

Tuition & Fees

Permanent Resident, Canadian Citizen

  • $2,685.00 (full-time for 1 term)
  • $895.00 per course (per course for 1 term)

International Students, Visitors, Temporary Workers

  • $4,631.64 (full-time for 1 term)
  • $1,543.88 (per course for 1 term)

Textbooks

  • Approximately $400 (full-time)

Funding Options

Alberta Works funding is available to ESL students who are Alberta residents who are either a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or convention refugee. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply here.

ESL and Academic Upgrading Funding

The Foundational Learning program provides funding for Albertans in designated Full-Time and Part-Time programs.

Where It Can Take You

Students who pass and complete level 6 meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement for entrance into most NAIT certificate, diploma, or degree programs.

In addition to meeting these conditions, some programs also grant specific admissions based on progress after enrolling in level 6  in the ESL program below. 

Admissions

Conditional Admission

Students who do not meet regular ELP requirements but meet the other academic requirements may qualify for conditional admission to NAIT credit programs, if seats are available, with ONE of the lower English Language Proficiency requirements listed below.

  • Successful completion of NESL511, NESL521 and NESL531
    • Minimum grade of 60%
  • IELTS (Academic Format)
    • 6.0 Overall Band Score, with no band less than 5.5
  • Pearson Test of English- Academic
    • 50, with no less than 40 in each communicative skill
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based) or TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition Test
    • Overall score of minimum 74
  • Duolingo English Test
    • Minimum test score of 100

Conditional admission allows students who have applied to ESL to receive a conditional acceptance to a credit program at the same time. Students must apply to both ESL and the program separately. They will receive a full acceptance pending successful completion of ESL level 6 before the start of the program. If the student is unable to meet the conditions of completing ESL level 6, they are eligible for a deferral of their conditional admission for a maximum of 1 deferral per academic year, and 2 deferrals in total.

Provisional Admission Programs

NAIT may grant ESL applicants provisional admission into the following program:

  • Business Administration

To be eligible for the provisional admission to the program, applicants must:​

  • Meet all the program’s entrance requirements other than English Language Proficiency and pay all fees and deposits by the deadlines.
  • Successfully completed ESL Level 5 or meet one of the other accepted English Language Proficiency requirements and apply for the Business Administration program above for a future intake.

How To Apply

  • Make sure you meet the minimum entrance requirements for Provisional Admission listed above.
  • Apply for the Business Administration program.
  • If you meet the requirements, you will receive a Provisional Admission into your program.
  • Keep up with your deadlines (enrolment, tuition etc.) listed in your MyNAIT Portal.

Intakes

Winter 2022

January 5 - April 21, 2022
(online application closes Wednesday, December 1, 2021)

Spring 2022

May 9 - August 18, 2022
(online application closes Monday, April 4, 2022)

Fall 2022

September 1 - December 15, 2022
(online application closes Sunday, August 28, 2022)

Winter 2023

January 4 - April 21, 2023
(online application closes Sunday, January 1, 2023)

Spring 2023

May 8 - August 17, 2023
(online application closes Monday, May 1, 2023)

Schedule

Morning 8 - 11:50 a.m. MST

How to Apply and Enrol to ESL

Take a quick lesson in English

NAIT ESL is excited to offer all levels 1- 6 both online and face-to-face.

These courses are registered individually and are not part of the main NAIT ESL program levels. Students do not need to apply to the ESL program or take a placement test to enrol in these courses. 

NAIT's 20-hour workshop-style courses allow you to focus on specific language needs. Improve your academic writing, or strengthen your pronunciation, listening, and speaking skills. Prepare for English proficiency tests. Class sizes are small to ensure personal feedback from your instructor.

Current short course availability

NESL704 - Academic Grammar and Writing

 
Delivery Options: Online, Evening Hours: 20 Fees: $205

Learn skills needed to write with confidence in academic settings. Learn structures and features of writing to communicate with coherence and unity.

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NESL705 - Pronunciation Listening & Speaking

 
Delivery Options: Online, Evening Hours: 20 Fees: $205

Improve your overall English fluency by participating in this ESL listening and speaking class. Learn different communication strategies.

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NESL716 - ELP Intensive Preparation Course

 
Delivery Options: Online, Evening Hours: 20 Fees: $205

Prepare for the NAIT English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment exam.

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NESL717 - IELTS Preparation Course - Writing Focus

 
Delivery Options: Online, Evening Hours: 18 Fees: $295

Take the IELTS Academic English Language Test with confidence! Master tips and techniques that can help you improve your score, especially in the writing component, which tends to be the most...

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NESL818 - Workplace Communication and Safety Strategies (ESL) 1

 
Delivery Options: Evening, Online Hours: 40 Fees: $650

Knowing how to communicate effectively in the workplace is essential to becoming an active and contributing member of an organizational team and promoting increased levels of safety in the workplace.

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NESL900 - English Language Proficiency (ELP) Exam

 
Delivery Options: Online, Day Hours: 0 Fees: $175

The NAIT English Language Proficiency (ELP) Exam is for students applying to a NAIT credit program and need to submit proof of ELP as part of their application.

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How to Apply and Enrol to ESL

Are You An International Student?

NAIT ESL is excited to offer all levels 1- 6 both online and face-to-face.

International students are students who either:

  • Plan to study at NAIT for more than one Level of ESL and need a Canadian post-secondary study permit
  • Plan to study at NAIT for only one level of ESL  as a Visitor to Canada. Please meet with an advisor to find out more

International Students must apply online for NAIT's English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. International Students with a valid study permit are required to study full-time in NAIT's ESL Program.

Learn about the International Student Refund / Deferral Information

Minimum Language Requirements

The NAIT ESL program is not for beginners. Students must have some ability in English. To learn if you meet NAIT’s minimum language skills in Reading and Listening, you can take a free  CLB online self-assessment. If you score lower than a CLB 3, you may not be ready to take ESL at NAIT. These results are not official and cannot be used for placement in NAIT’s ESL program. All students must take the NAIT ESL online placement test before they can enrol in classes.

International

Learn about the benefits of studying at NAIT as an international student! We take pride in creating opportunities for students across the world.

How to Apply and Enrol to ESL

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration

How do I apply/register?

Except for our Academic Upgrading and ESL programs, you do not need to apply to get started. If you would like to join us for courses, you can enrol yourself through our website and complete your fee payment by VISA/MasterCard credit or debit card.

You can proceed to the course page and select “Add to Cart” beside the course dates of your choice. You will complete your payment once you are signed into your account. A video walkthrough of this process is available at www.nait.ca/register

Visit the ESL application page for details on how to register.

Visit the Academic Upgrading program page for details on how to register.

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When is the deadline to register?

This can vary depending on the course or program. Some courses may have specific registration deadlines, which will be noted under View Course Information.

Space is limited, and our courses can fill up well before the scheduled start date. For best results, we recommend enrolling as soon as you are able. If the Add to Cart button is available on the website, you are welcome to enrol.

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I am trying to sign up, but the shopping cart says “already enrolled in course, add not processed.” What do I do now?

You may have begun and not finished the checkout process in the last 24 hours. The course is on your MyNAIT portal waiting for secure online payment to confirm your seat in the class.

Please log in to your MyNAIT portal complete online payment through Self Service.

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I've been added to a waitlist. What does this mean?

If a course you wish to take says Add to Waitlist instead of Add to Cart, that means that there are no open seats for registration for that section.

You can add yourself to the waitlist at no charge for a chance to be enrolled if space becomes available. If you are enrolled from the waitlist, you will receive an email notice advising you to visit your student portal to make a payment.

Where possible, we recommend enrolling yourself in a different section with available space to ensure you can still complete the course even if you are not enrolled from the waitlist into your preferred section.

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Do I need a NAIT student account to sign up for Continuing Education classes? How do I make one?

Yes, you do need a NAIT student account to sign up for Continuing Education classes.

If you are new to NAIT, we recommend creating a NAIT account on the MyNAIT portal. When you are asked for a NAIT ID number, leave the space blank if you have not attended or applied to NAIT before, and our system will generate a new Student ID for you.

Once your account has been made, you can search for a course and add it to your cart. You will complete your payment once you are signed into your account with your new username and password.  More details including a video walkthrough of this process is available at www.nait.ca/register

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Funding Options

How much does it cost?

NAIT has a flexible payment option for continuing education classes. 10% of the cost is due upon enrolment (as well as material fees if applicable).

The remainder of tuition is due 30 days prior to class start date. Student aid funding is not available for continuing education classes.

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What are my funding and payment options?

NAIT has a flexible payment option for continuing education classes. 10% of the cost is due upon enrolment (as well as material fees if applicable).

The remainder of tuition is due 30 days prior to class start date. Student aid funding is not available for continuing education classes.

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What is the cancellation and refund policy?

To be eligible for a refund, you must drop your course at least 10 calendar days before the class start date.

Please see the refund policy for more information.

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Are there other fees for textbooks, memberships, hardware or equipment? If so, is it something I buy from NAIT, and how?

If textbooks, materials or software are required for an individual course, it will be noted in the course details. If software or other costs apply to a whole program, it will be listed in the program overview.

Most textbooks can be purchased directly from Shop at NAIT. The program area will provide further directions if your course requires textbooks, software or other materials that need to be purchased elsewhere.

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An organization (employer or community organization) wants to pay for my Continuing Education courses by invoice. How do we set this up?

Please submit a Third Party Sponsorship form for Continuing Education courses.

This document needs to clearly identify the student, the course(s) requested, the start dates for each course requested, and the contact information of the sponsoring organization and invoicing contact. Once complete, submit the forms online.

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Courses, certificates and transfer credits

How do I withdraw from a non-credit course?

Information on how to withdraw from a non-credit course can be found on the Refunds page.
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I want to apply for transfer credit, what is the process?

If you have previous post-secondary education and want to apply for transfer credit, you must first be accepted into a credit program and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit.

Transfer credit is granted as per the guidelines and process outlined here. Please note that processing times for transfer credit is 4-6 weeks, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.  

To apply for transfer credit, please log into your MyNAIT portal account and select Open Self-Service. Once in Self-Service, select Academic Records>Transfer Credits>Apply for Transfer Credits. Please follow the prompts, make the required payment, and click submit. If you do not click on the submit button, your transfer credit application will not be received by NAIT.  

To monitor your transfer credit application, under the same section Self-Service, select Monitor Application Status. You can also locate the step-by-step Transfer Credit Application guide under the Self-Service Guide on the portal. 

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I am looking for a course or program

You can search for a Continuing Education program or course based on your area of interest here.

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What are the prior knowledge and skill expectations (prerequisites) for Continuing Education courses?

The expectations before joining any of our programs will vary for each course and certificate. We will list prerequisites or recommended prior knowledge for each certificate on the program landing page, and for individual courses in the course information.

You can view individual course information by either clicking the course title or the View Course Information option under the course title.

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Is there a recommended order to take each course in the certificate?

Most program areas list the courses in the recommended order and include any prerequisite information in the course Information description. If a course is listed as a pre-requisite, you would need to have completed the prerequisite to be able to register.

If a course is listed as recommended you can enrol without having the prerequisite on your record, which we only recommend doing if you have mastered the content of the recommended course through other work experience or education.

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How long does it take to finish this program? Do I have a time limit?

Many Continuing Education programs are relatively short, and you have the benefit of taking individual courses as fit your schedule and budget.

Use the drop-down menu of dates beside the add to cart button to pick out a schedule that works for you. We recommend completing most programs within 1-2 years wherever possible to help you maintain connections in your learning from course to course.

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How do I request a certificate after I complete a course or program?

After you have completed all required courses associated with your program, you can request certification.

Download and submit the Request for Certificate form for Continuing Education programs. The form provides directions for where to submit your request.

Certificate requests typically take up to 6 weeks to be processed.

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Can I get credit towards this credential for experience or past coursework?

Many programs will accept previous experience or coursework.

There is a fee and formal application process for transfer credit for previous course work or work experience. Learn more about transfer and credit options.

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Technology Requirements

What are the technology requirements for virtual classes?

  • Access to a personal computer running Windows 8.1 or 10/11 operating system with minimum 4GB of system memory (8 GB highly recommended) and must have administrator rights to install applications.
  • Microsoft Office 365 or Office 2019/2021. Education version of Microsoft Office 365 is available for all current NAIT students.
  • Students can contact NAIT Information and Technology Services for help and support (780) 471-8624 or helpline@nait.ca
  • High speed internet connection
  • Microphone, speaker or headset and webcam
  • Dual monitor display is highly recommended
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The course description says “Mac, Chromebook or tablets are not supported." What are my options to attend virtual courses?

The statement about Windows vs. Mac is for classes that are taught on computers running Windows.

The instructor will be using a Windows operating system for these courses and will not be able to allocate instructional time navigating or troubleshooting differences between Mac/Windows OS.

Some students are comfortable doing that type of troubleshooting themselves, but there may also be software compatibility concerns for your individual course and the instructor will not able to provide direct technical support should you choose to proceed against the program’s recommendation.

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What is Moodle, and how do I use it?

Moodle is the learning platform we use for many of our online courses.

If your course will be delivered through Moodle, you can access it by clicking the Moodle button right in your MyNAIT portal account. You will find your course linked in Moodle on the scheduled start date.

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