Want to LEARN ENGLISH?
Before you can REGISTER for an ENGLISH class, all learners MUST take a language assessment. Here are the steps to register:
1. Book an assessment
To book an assessment, call either:
- Brampton campus 905-791-6700 press 2
- Mississauga campus 905-270-6000 press 2
Note: Our office hours are listed on our contact us page.
2. Take an assessment
- Assessments are available at both our Brampton and Mississauga campuses from Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. all year round.
- A language assessment is not a pass-fail test, but simply determines which class would benefit you the most.
- The assessment covers the four language skills—reading, writing, listening and conversation. During a typical assessment we would:
- show you a picture and ask you to describe it;
- ask you to listen to a recording of a 30-second conversation and ask you questions about it;
- have you read a very short story about a newcomer to Canada and ask you three questions about the story;
- Ask you to compare your own story as a newcomer to the story you read (to evaluate your writing ability.
- We do not have child-minding services for assessment clients. Please make arrangements as the assessment can take up to 1.5 hours or more.
- Our assessment is for class placement purposes only. Results are not recognized as official Canadian Language Benchmark documentation.
3. Requirements for an assessment
Please bring the following with you for your language assessment:
- The agency form, if you were referred to us by an agency.
- Original immigration documents or your proof of 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)
4. Results & take an English class
- You will be assigned your language level at the completion of the assessment.
- After your assessment, you will also receive information about the following:
- when and where to register
- what school you will attend
- additional details for the enrolment process
- Enrolment generally starts a week before class.
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.