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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Program Description:

All classes use text books, handouts and authentic material which are provided by the school. The approach is thematic and covers a variety of topics of interest to adults. Orientation to Canadian culture is an integral part of our program. Both formal and informal English are used, and practical use of the language is applied during field trips, presentations, videos and social activities...learn more!

Our program is provincially funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI). We are also Languages Canada accredited.

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  • Learn English as a Second Language by total immersion, the fastest and most effective way to become fluent in another language. Expect to be treated with respect and acceptance by supportive teachers.
  • Learn at your own pace and level.
  • Become comfortable with the language in everyday situations.
  • Study all elements of English.
  • Learn to interpret idioms with teachers who "go the extra mile."
  • Enroll at Northland Adult Learning Centre , a school small enough to give personalized attention (explore the link for student testimonials).
  • Sault Ste. Marie is a beautiful, friendly, safe and clean city. It is situated on Lake Superior and is nestled in the vast Algoma wilderness. Experience the changing seasons and the activities that go with them. Swim at one of the great beaches, hike on the expansive trails, camp, bike, boat or fish. Ski cross-country or downhill at one of the many near-by facilities. Snow machine, skate, sled, or attend a hockey game. Participate in the Bon Soo Winter Carnival, a 10-day celebration of winter.

Tuition fees:

English as a Second Language - General Classes All Levels

Dates: Ongoing Enrolment September to June
Fees: Full time (25 hours class time) -$150.00/week
         Part time (12.5 hours class time)-$75.00/week
Fees are payable in advance and monthly

English for Academic Purposes

Dates: 24 weeks
Fees: Full Time (600 hours class time) $3600.00
         Part time (300 hours class time) $1800/week
Tuition is payable in full before the start of class

TOEFL Preparation

Dates: 15 weeks (75 hours class time)
Fees: $450.00
Tuition is payable in full before the start of class

Workplace English Language Skills

Dates: 12 weeks (48 hours class time)
Fees: $288.00
Tuition is payable in full before the start of class

IELTS Preparation

Dates: 12 weeks (60 hours class time)
Fees: $360
Tuition is payable in full before the start of class

Refund policy

Similar to colleges and universities, tuition is paid in advance. Refunds are only given due to emergencies with a doctor's verification letter.

Additional Charges:

Twice monthly field trips taken as part of our English as a Second Language cultural and class activities may require extra fees for admission and/or transportation. Every effort is made to obtain discounts and to save costs for the student.

There is no registration fee for ESL students planning to remain in Canada. Registration is ongoing and there is no waiting period. Students may start at any time during the school year, which runs from early September to mid-August. All school holidays are observed including Christmas, Easter and March break.

A tuition charge for visiting foreign students covers language instruction and all learning materials. It may be paid in installments. Registration forms can be faxed, e-mailed or mailed. Contact the Northland Adult Learning Centre to request a registration form.

Registration Procedure

Email northland@adsb.on.ca or call the program coordinator: 705-945-7109 to request a registration form. After you return a copy of the form to the school, a letter of acceptance will then be sent to you. At that time, you must take your letter of acceptance to the Canadian Embassy in your own country and apply for a student visa. All visiting foreign students must have a student visa, with the exception of students from the United States. Please note that health insurance is also required for visitors who wish to study in Ontario. Please contact us if you need help acquiring medical insurance.

More information about student visas can be found on the websites

When you arrive at the school, you will be interviewed, assessed and placed in the appropriate class.

Reasons to choose Northland Adult Learning Centre

    • Kind, caring, qualified teachers who are willing to put in the extra effort so that each student reaches his or her full potential.
    • Small classes for optimum learning.
    • Competitive course fees.
    • Low cost of living.
    • Big city opportunities with small town comforts - safe and clean with friendly people.
    • Extensive leisure activities and lots of community spirit.
    • The classrooms are large and bright.
    • There is a lunch room equipped with a microwave and coffee machine.
    • E-mail access is available to the students to maintain contact with family and friends.
    • There is a large variety of resources available to the students. The teachers use multimedia materials such as computers, videos, newspapers and television.
    • The school is conveniently located close to residential neighbourhoods and retail stores.



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