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Basic English as a Second Language (Certificate)

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Credential:                 Certificate in Basic English as a Second Language
Program Code: BESL.CERT
CIP: 16.1701


In this skills-based program, speakers of other languages develop essential English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. This is a unique opportunity with a multicultural student population, authentic language practice, Canadian culture experience, and electives to support the required courses. Domestic and international students can study full and part-time to improve their English skills for a variety of goals related to academic study and daily life in an English language setting.


  • Students must meet the pre-requisites for each individual course or complete an English Language Placement Assessment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret texts in relevant, mostly familiar situations.
  • Reduce information from a variety of sources to key points.
  • Write texts and paragraphs about familiar, concrete topics related to daily life and experiences in moderately demanding contexts.
  • Respond to formal and informal communication on common topics, spoken at a slow to normal rate.
  • Orally communicate in short, common social situations.
  • Produce concrete information related to needs and familiar topics of personal importance. 


Program Completion

The completion of ELD 052  and ELD 054  will indicate the student has developed sufficient language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing required for Access programs and will provide the student with a Certificate in Basic English as a Second Language.

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