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Full-time ELL (English Language Learning)

Our full-time English language learning (ELL) programs are funded by Alberta Works.  These programs are for learners who are not eligible for LINC funding.  They provide instruction in reading, writing and learning strategies, as well as listening and speaking.  Learners develop an understanding of Canadian culture and engage in real-life activities that help them live and work in Canada.

For information in multiple languages about our ELL programs, visit  Apply-ell.

There are three full-time ELL programs:

Full-time ELL (Literacy)

  • Pre-Benchmarks
  • Learners in this program have between 0 and 4 years of formal education

Full-time ELL (Academic)

  • From CLB 2 to 7
  • Learners in this program have 10 or more years of education

Full-time ELL (Practical)

  • From Pre-Benchmarks to CLB 5
  • Learners in this program have between 5 and 9 years of formal education

These programs are open to Canadian Citizens as well as Permanent Residents and Convention Refugees.

In addition to developing the four language strands, learners will:

  • Develop learning strategies necessary to support success in reading and writing
  • Develop digital literacy skills through access to computer labs
  • Improve pronunciation
  • Engage in real-world tasks and field trips to provide meaningful learning experiences
  • Identify potential employment or educational pathways and set goals
  • Have access to advising and tutorial support


Admission Requirements:

Prospective students must apply at the Student Advising Centre. A $65 application fee applies.  

Funding is subject to eligibility requirements. Please visit www.bowvalleycollege.ca/AlbertaWorks for more information.


Alberta Works

ELL Learners

"I believe that Bow Valley College is the right place for any student who really wants to learn English because everybody is kind. Everybody is willing to help."

Program Start Dates:  

May 3,  2017
August 30,  2017

Class Schedule:

Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m

Academic and Practical
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. or 11:45 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

Program placement will determine class schedule.


Calgary, Downtown Campus

For detailed information about the application process, see:
ELL Program Information

For information about ELL programs in a variety of languages, see:
Welcome to English Language Learning at Bow Valley College