General English - Canada

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About the programme

Our General English programme helps you to communicate more accurately and efficiently. The ELS General English programme supports you as you develop skills that will help you to communicate in English-speaking situations. In the mornings, you will study the fundamentals of the English language through Structure and Speaking Practice or Language Studies, Vocabulary Enrichment (or Skills Enhancement, in Masters levels) and a lesson in the Language Technology Center. Your afternoons will focus on Skills Enhancement Classes.


  • Key Language Skills: Listening, pronunciation, grammar, speaking and vocabulary
  • Skills Enhancement Classes: Exact courses offered at each location may vary, but Skills Enhancement Classes may be dedicated to subjects such as Pronunciation, Listening with Confidence, Creative Writing and Current Events.

General English

  • Age Requirements
    • 16+
  • ELS Levels Covered
    • 12 levels: 101 (Beginner) to 112 (Masters)
  • Maximum students / class
    • 15
  • Number of centres offered
    • 2
  • Lessons / Week
    50 minutes each Monday – Friday
    • 30
  • Session / Level
    • 1 session (4 weeks) for each level
  • Start dates annually
    • 13


ELS Vancouver (ID-04002) is designated by the Private Training Institutions Branch of British Columbia. Any programme listed on this page, when contracted for more than 6 months or $4000 in tuition, is considered a PTIB approved programme. Please visit for more information.


ELS offers 12 proficiency levels (Beginner to Masters), as well as placement testing to determine the level that best fits your abilities. At the end of every four-week session, if you successfully meet your level's requirements, you will move up to the next level. As you progress through the levels, your courses build upon the skills you learned in the lower levels and become more complex.
Levels 101/102/103
  • Communicates at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understands English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understands a few words and phrases
  • Responds to simple questions and directions
Levels 104/105/106
  • Communicates facts and opinions
  • Discusses and argues in a culturally acceptable way
  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Carries on conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions
Levels 107/108/109
  • Communicates effectively in most social situations
  • Understands a wide range of idioms
  • Maintains extended conversations with native speakers
  • Participates fully in most conversations
Levels 110/111/112
  • Speaks and understands English with ease
  • Conducts business competently in English

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