We provide tutoring and classes for newcomers in our community. This includes conversation classes, language assessments and preparation for Immigration exams.

Learning English as a second language is much different from learning as a native English speaker.   These programs are not just about grammar, spelling and vocabulary.  Our ESL Instructors and Tutors bring fun and friendly learning into the classroom, and teach about things like culture, money, and living life in Canada.  Our English Language programs are designed to help learners who are new to the English Language.


If you are new to the English language and looking to improve your English skills for work, citizenship, education or just to gain confidence with the language, we are here to help.

It is important to meet with our ESL Coordinator to determine which program would suit you best.  Our Coordinator can let you know dates and time of programs available.  Please call our office or stop by to arrange an assessment.  

Teaching English

ESL Coaching and one-on-one tutoring

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​We offer one-on-one and small group tutoring in the English language.  Please schedule a consultation with our coordinator for placement.

ESL Classes


These enjoyable language classes encourage learners to develop new skills in all areas of the English language; reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Covering topics that relate to everyday living, students will gain new confidence in their language skills at home, at school or in the workplace.  Come for the fun lessons and meet lots of new friends.  Available for Beginner through Advanced learners.  


LINC Information Here!

 LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) is a free-of-charge program for permanent residents and convention refugees, 18 years and older. Canadian citizens are not eligible.  This program is delivered by NorQuest College and funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. 


Current ESL Classes - Descriptions

Culture Cafe! New Program! Starting in February 2022

April 7 - June 16, 2022
Every 2nd Thursday 
10:00am - 11:30am

New to Canada? Would you like to practice your English Language conversation skills while learning about Canadian Culture? Would you like to meet other community members and listen to fun local Guest Speakers? All Cultures, Languages and Backgrounds Welcome!!

This program provides newcomers with social well-being, speaking and listening practice, community information, sharing opportunities, friendship, and fun!  Refreshments and snacks provided.  Open to all newcomers and community members.  Volunteers needed!

ESL Beginners Morning Group

Apr 4 - May 18, 2022
9:30am - 11:30am
$40 per person

Learners will practice their listening and speaking skills by engaging in listening and speaking activities. Learners will listen to a number of listenings for a variety of purposes. For example, students will listen to a conversation between two people and answer listening comprehension questions to demonstrate their understanding of the what was said.  Learners will also have the opportunity to engage in a discussion about the topic they have listened to in the first hour. In the second hour, the learners will respond to the listening by having a group discussion about the topic. This will allow the learners to practice new vocabulary, role play based on the information from the listening, and improve their overall communication abilities.  

Reading / Writing Skills - Evenings

Apr 4 - May 18, 2022
Mondays & Wednesdays
6pm - 8pm
Sponsored by Drayton Valley Community Foundation

Learners will learn grammar basics, reading for information and paragraph structure. This will help adult learners to read with purpose and write effectively at their level. Learners in this class will practice four English skills: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Learners will also work on grammar, pronunciation, as well as other communication skills as needed. Learners will be expected to attend all classes if possible, and do all assigned homework. ESL learners will have a safe and comfortable environment to study in, gain confidence in their English abilities, and share with other learners.  Assessments needed to determine CLB Levels.  If you are unsure of your CLB level, please call for an assessment date. 780-542-3373.


To Be Announced

We can help those who are wanting to take their CELPIP or IELTS exam for Citizenship.  Please inquire with our Coordinator for more information! 

NorQuest College Foundations for Learning Program

ESL Listening & Speaking Foundations

ESLS Intermediate Listening & Speaking Foundations for Learning  (ESLS 1521-O46-12549-2022 Wtr) This course helps learners (at CLB 5-6) develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as online learning skills.  This course assists learners in creating and replying to emails, notes and other written messages at home or at work. Learners will read and discuss many texts and a novel. They will listen to work-related conversations to identify the main idea and specific details. This course will assist them in understanding and using vocabulary related to the course topics. They will learn grammar as they need it.  Because this is an online course, it offers learners an opportunity to work on their language skills and learn new online skills at the same time.  

Ask for details!  Funding is available to cover partial or whole costs of this course.


Schedule an Assessment

Please fill out the form below to have our coordinator contact you for a free consultation for placement in our programs.

Thank you - we will be in touch!

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