Frequently asked questions
Who is eligible for the Peel District School Board’s ESL programs?
Anyone who is a legal resident of Ontario and over 18 years of age. Citizens, landed immigrants, convention refugees, refugee claimants and work permit holders with current original documentation can enrol as students in our ESL programs. Both Peel and non-Peel residents can attend ESL classes.
How do I register?
You must start with a language assessment to determine your level of English so that you can be placed in a class where you will receive the most help. The registration process will be explained during the interview part of the assessment. Your assessment will usually take place about two weeks after you book it. The test takes about 1.5 hours. Please bring original immigration documents or proof of your Canadian citizenship. These may include:
- Proof of Canadian Citizenship (Passport, Citizenship Card or Certificate)
- Confirmation of Permanent Resident Status (Permanent Resident Card PRC or IMM5292)
- Proof of Landed Immigrant Status (Record of Landing IMM1000)
- Any immigration documents the family may have which may include:
- Temporary Resident Permit
- Work Permit/Employment Authorization
- Refugee claimants/Convention Refugees
- Application for Landing/Approval in Principle (sponsorship within Canada)
- Minister's Permits (and/or extension)
Note: There are no child-minding services available during your assessment.
How much does it cost?
Learners must pay a materials fee per session, per period depending on the language course:
- ESL class - $35.00
- TOEFL - $40.00
- Computers (Day) - $55.00
- Computers (Evenings and Weekend) - $40.00
All materials fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Fees are collected using debit, credit card or money order. No cash or personal cheques will be accepted.
When are the classes?
Fall/Winter/Spring and Summer sessions
Day Schedule: All ESL campuses (except when noted)
Period 1 - Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Period 2 – Monday to Friday 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Period 3 (Mississauga only) - Monday to Thursday 3:45 p.m. - 6:52 p.m.
Night Schedule: All ESL campuses (except when noted)
Period 4 - Monday to Wednesday 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Weekend Schedule: All ESL campuses (except when noted)
Saturdays only - 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Brampton & Bramalea Campus)
Saturdays and Sundays - 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Mississauga only)
Where are classes held?
Do you offer ESL for specific situations/purposes?
- Mississauga - Adult Education Centre South, 100 Elm Drive West, Rm. 117
- Bramalea - Adult Education Centre North, 25 Kings Cross Road, Unit 3
- Brampton - 7700 Hurontario St., Suite 300, (City South Plaza)
We are a student-centric environment, so as a need for a program arises, we try to address it. Student needs have led to the development of several classes, such as English for Foreign-Trained Accountants (e.g. Canadian English accounting vocabulary and Canadian accounting practices and procedures). Job preparation classes cover such topics as how to prepare a resumé, how to perform during a job interview, and business letter writing. The need to prepare for professional English tests has been addressed with our Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation classes.
Who will care for my pre-schooler when I am attending class?
As a learner registered for a class at our Mississauga Campus, we have a number of child-minding spaces available for children ages 3-5. The child-minding program is supervised by qualified, professional ECE trained staff.
What is the difference between ESL and LINC?
Both programs are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks.
Can you receive secondary school credits for ESL courses?
- ESL classes are funded by the provincial government through the Peel District School Board and are open to all legal residents over 18.
- LINC programs are funded by the federal government and are only available to Landed Immigrants and Convention Refugees.
No, there are no secondary school credits for adult ESL.
Are ESL classes offered to elementary and secondary school students enrolled in Peel schools?
Yes, ESL programs are offered in most Peel District School Board schools. Students or their parents should speak to the school principal or guidance counsellor for details about the programs offered at their school.
Adult English as a Second Language
Learning English is the important first step to success in your new country. The Peel District School Board offers English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for newcomers to Canada whose first language (or mother tongue) is not English. The goal is to strengthen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. For more information contact the Adult Education Centres. For Mississauga call 905-270-6000, press 2 and for Brampton call 905-791-6700, press 2.
ESL classes are offered year round. Language for Life, from beginner to advanced levels, integrates all four skill areas into each lesson. In addition, we offer a number of remedial/specialized programs:
- Listening and Speaking (beginner to advanced)
- Reading and Writing (beginner to advanced)
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), which is used by Canadian universities and professional licensing bodies to establish proficiency in English
- MicroSoft Word and Office
You may view the course descriptions by going to the Courses section.
Individuals registering for ESL courses must show documentation indicating their status in Canada. Click here to see complete requirements.
Day and night classes are offered in 10-week sessions. Weekend classes are intensive eight-week sessions. As enrolment is limited, sometimes a space may not be immediately available. And, from time to time the minimum enrolment required for a class is not reached and so the course will not be offered during the upcoming session.
Child supervision is available during the day for children 3 to 5 years of age at the Mississauga location only. Parents must be on site attending classes. Childcare spaces are limited. Click here for more details.
Our sites are wheelchair accessible.
The Peel District School Board also offers the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program. In contrast to those who must learn English as a second language, the students who attend LBS have English as a first language but require help to improve their reading and writing skills. Click here for more information or contact us at 905-791-6700, ext 6401.