English as an Additional Language (EAL)

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Build Your English Language Skills in a Flexible Format

Our flexible, week-by-week EAL program helps new and intermediate-level English learners achieve functional English proficiency while laying the language groundwork for the workplace and post-secondary study. Courses are facilitated on a per-week basis, with assessments made each Friday. As an EAL student at Providence you’ll also be able to sample university life, and accommodations and meals are also available.

Program Details

Entrance Requirements

NO TOEFL or IELTS necessary. We assess learners according to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) levels. This means you must demonstrate what you are able to do with the English language and, upon arrival, you will be assessed in four skill levels (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and placed in the appropriate class according to your skill level.


Student assessments take place on Friday afternoons and you can begin classes on Monday.

Class Information

Classes are offered in one-week blocks and begin on the Monday of each week. Students can choose how long they would like to study and a final assessment will be given at the completion of their studies. Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes.

  • Less that four weeks: receive a certificate of participation upon completion
  • Four weeks or more: see your ongoing CLB progress by receiving progress reports at the end of each month (with the option to be assessed weekly) with progress CLB levels

The Modern Language Institute combines excellent classroom instruction with the opportunity to practice your English in a Christian academic community. Classes will focus on a range of topics that teach language for everyday living. There will also be some instruction in English for reading the Bible. As a Providence community member you’ll be able to participate in music, sports and other campus recreation. You are also welcome to enjoy the full university experience as part of your education, which means you’ll have the opportunity to participate in university classes in areas such as Business, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology and Theology.

Weekly Schedule

Three classes occur each day, Monday to Friday. Class 1 is from 9am-11am, Class 2 is from 11am-12pm and Class 3 is from 1pm-3pm. On Friday afternoon there are assessments.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

Program Levels

EAL Program Levels

We offer flexible English classes at all levels from beginner to intermediate. Students may choose from three options:

  • Semi-Intensive  |  9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Intensive  |  9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Intensive + University Experience  |  9:00am – 3:00pm

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji, M.A. (Program Coordinator)
UC Dean; Assistant Professor of TESOL; MLI Director

Tuition & Fees
TUITION is $520 per week.
  • An application fee is required and non-refundable.
  • All fees are listed in Canadian dollars and subject to change.
  • The cost of textbooks and materials is not included.
Room & Board
ROOM & BOARD is $260 per week.
  • A $150 residence reservation/damage deposit is required with application.
  • The dorm room and meal plan is for a seven-day week (Monday to Friday).
  • All fees are listed in Canadian dollars and subject to change.