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ESL General Information

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at the Centre are designed to provide life and work skills, prepare students for citizenship, assist work towards high school diploma, and prepare for college. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are taught in every class. Please see below for more information about registration and classes.
Eligibility - To register you must:
  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be a newcomer to Canada
  3. Provide proof of Canadian Citizenship, Birth Certificate, Passport, Immigration
    documents, permanent resident card
  4. Have a current completed CLB assessment. These are completed at the Cross Cultural Learner Centre. Click here for information on how to get an assessment to attend an ESL class
How to register
  • Learners who are eligible to register may enter a class by dropping in to the office at the Centre, provide a copy of your assessment and your proof of citizenship.
  • Many of our classes have a waitlist and it would be important for you to call the Centre to see about registering or to find out more information at 519-675-4436 extension 0.

Are there Fees?

ESL Classes are free for students who are a naturalized Canadian citizen, permanent resident, Convention refugee or a refugee claimant; or are approved as a foreign domestic worker under the Live-In Caregiver program.

However, there are tuition fees for students who are Temporary Residents (Visitors,
International Students, Temporary Workers). They may enroll as Fee Paying students with approval from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The assessments are completed at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. Please click here for more information.
Need to improve your language skills quickly? Our classes are organized to help you move to the next level when you are ready. The Centre offers FOCUSED language classes in the afternoon to assist you with language skills that need a little more help.

We offer classes that use the Canadian Language Benchmarks to provide instructions and assess your progress. You can enter at any level but would need to provide a copy of their assessment from the Cross Cultural Learner Centre or a report card from another school board within the last 6 months.


This class is for students who have little to no English skills in listening, speaking, reading and/or writing, but can perform at a high level in their own language. Students will learn the basics of reading, writing and numeracy including identifying and printing letters as well as reading and writing short messages. This class will prepare students for CLB 1.


Students will learn new vocabulary, practise listening to conversations, and gain a basic understanding of the English language. Learners will also write sentences and read short stories.

CLB 2 or 3

Students will start reading short articles and novels. More speaking skills will be introduced in addition to listening to directions and instructions while improving pronunciation and grammar.


Students will learn situations and tasks needed in the real world. They will be part of English speaking conversations by expressing their opinions and listening actively. Students will also learn how to expand their sentences into paragraphs and computers will be introduced to improve language skills.

CLB 5-7

Learners will interact at an advanced level by preparing presentations, engaging in complex conversations and learning how to write essays. Students will continue to improve their grammar and writing skills by writing paragraphs, e-mails, giving short presentations and expressing and defending their opinions. Computers will continue to be used for improving language skills.

Next Steps

Students who are interested in earning their High School in Canada should meet with a guidance counsellor. It can be completed in as little as 6 months depending on your English Language skills and past academic/work/life experiences!
Reading and Writing
For students who achieved CLB level 4 in reading and writing.
This course will help students improve their reading & writing skills to help with their transition to further education, such as earning a high school diploma or going to college.
You will learn how to:
  • Write a fully developed, logical, persuasive academic essay
  • Define writing problems
  • Communicate your opinions in writing, based on relevant research and use appropriate functional grammar
  • Develop techniques to study and organize information effectively

Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

For students who are working in CLB levels 2-4
This course is designed to provide students with the pronunciation skills they need to become more confident speakers and listeners in basic, day to day social situations. This course is an ideal start for anyone who wants to improve their English conversational skills.
You will participate in activities such as:
  • Directed conversation
  • Vocabulary development
  • Pronunciation
  • Conversation groups
  • Idioms and expressions
  • Impromptu speeches
  • Expressing opinions
  • Situational speaking


Centre for Lifelong Learning
1230 King Street, London, ON
N5W 2Y2



ESL Benchmarks: Pre-CLB to 7


Monday to Friday

9:00 - 11:30 am

2:00 - 2:30 pm

2:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Tuesdays & Thursdays

5:45 - 9:00 pm


ESL Focused Language Classes


Tuesday and Thursday

2:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Reading and Writing

Tuesday and Thursday

2:45 pm to 5:00 pm

Pronunciation, Listening and Speaking

Monday and Wednesday

2:45 pm to 5:00 pm



Mount Zion Unified Church
471 Ridgewood Crescent South, London, ON



ESL benchmarks: CLB 1 to 4:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

9:30am - 12:00pm


ESL benchmarks: CLB 5 to 8:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

1:00pm - 3:30 pm


ESL benchmarks: Seniors CLB 1 to 7:

Tuesday, Thursday

9:30am - 12:00pm


ESL benchmarks: Pre-CLB, Level 1:

Tuesday, Thursday

1:00pm - 3:30pm