Learn English in Canada - English School in Vancouver - ELS 

General English - Canada

About the program

Learn how to communicate in English accurately and efficiently while connecting with new people from all over the world. The ELS General English course enables you to develop fundamental skills in the classroom that will give you confidence in everyday English-speaking situations, no matter what your language goals are.

You will study at a comfortable speed at our English school in Vancouver, where you can balance your studies with new cultural experiences. Whilst you learn English in Canada, immerse yourself in the local lifestyle, and practice your conversation skills in your immediate surroundings.


Your General English schedule is split into morning and afternoon instruction. In the mornings, you will study the basics of the English language through Structure and Speaking Practice or Language Studies, Vocabulary Enrichment (or Skills Enhancement, in Master's levels), and a lesson in the Language Technology Center. Your afternoons will focus on Skills Enhancement Classes.

  • Key Language Skills: You will gain a strong comprehension of the English language through our core classes that focus on: listening, pronunciation, grammar, speaking, and vocabulary – all vital building blocks of English proficiency. 
  • Skills Enhancement Classes: Exact courses offered at each location may vary, but Skills Enhancement Classes can help you improve on a variety of language skills through courses that cover topics such as: current events, public speaking, pronunciation, creative writing, and more. 

General English

  • Age Requirements
    • 16+
  • ELS Levels Covered
    • 12 Levels: 101 (Beginner) to 112 (Masters)
  • Maximum Students / Class
    • 15
  • Number of Centers  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 program listed on this page, when contracted for more than 6 months or $4000 in tuition, is considered a PTIB approved program. Please visit www.privatetraininginstitutions.gov.bc.ca 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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