ESL Information

Registrations are open for all programs.
If you would like to register for an ESL course - e-mail us at [email protected]  or call 519-675-4436 and leave a message.  Someone will get back to you.
Our ESL Program is designed to provide life and work skills, prepare students for citizenship, assist work towards high school diploma and prepare for college.  
Please review our website for courses offered and our on-line registration process.

Classes for module #2: January 9 - April 6, 2023


St. Patrick Adult and Continuing Education Location

1230 King St. (Main location)


Day classes – Monday to Friday

In class/Hybrid

CLB Levels Literacy to Level 7

Morning - Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Afternoon - Monday to Friday 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm


Day classes- Monday to Friday

100% Online

CLB Levels 2-4

CLB Levels 5-7

Morning - Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Afternoon - Monday to Friday 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm


100% online Evening class - January 30, 2023 - June 27, 2023

Continuous enrolment

Tuesday and Thursday’s 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CLB Level 2 to Level 7


Writing & Reading - Monday (Date Pending)

100% Online

CLB Levels 2-4

CLB Levels 5-7

Monday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Listening & Speaking - Wednesday (Date Pending)

100% Online

CLB Levels 2-4

CLB Levels 5-7

Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


St. Andre Bessette Secondary School location

2727 Tokala Trail (North/West London)


Face-to-Face evening classesJanuary 30, 2023 - June 26, 2023

Monday and Wednesday’s 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CLB Levels Lit-4

CLB Levels 5-7


Bostwick Library & Community Centre location

501 Southdale Rd. (South London)


Morning classes - January 9 - April 9, 2022

Monday to Friday Face-to-Face 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

CLB Levels 1-4



Important Dates for the 2022/2023 School Year


ESL Day Classes


Module # 1

September 12 – December 23

Module # 2 (2023)

January 9 – April 6

Module # 3

April 11 – June 29


ESL Night Classes
(Tuesdays and Thursdays)


Module # 1

September 13 – January 26, 2023

Module # 2

January 31 – June 27

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
How to register
  • Learners who are eligible to register in a class by emailing the school [email protected] with 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 School 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.

Need to improve your language skills quickly? Our classes are organized to help you move to the next level when you are ready. The School 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!
The Focused Language Skills classes will be offer in Module B based on student demands.
Reading and Writing Class
Levels 2-4 & Levels 5-8 
The Goals are:
  • Improve writing and reading skills both formally and informally
  • Expand students' literacy skills
  • Build confidence
  • Help students use technology to communicate
  • Help students support their families
Activities Include:
  • Computer activities
  • Grammatical development
  • Develop reading strategies
  • Compose a variety of texts
Speaking and Listening Class
Levels 2-4 & Levels 5-8 
The Goals are:
  • Improve listening and speaking abilities
  • Improve pronunciation, stress fluency and tone
  • Build confidence
  • Help students support their families
Activities include:
  • Conversation practice and language development
  • Pronunciation, tone and stress activities
  • Speeches and phone conversations
  • Critical and evaluative listening activities