English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language


Kelowna students at table
Okanagan College offers two distinct ESL programs designed to suit the student’s particular needs. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is offered in Kelowna.  TOEFL or other prerequisites are not required for admission to either program.

Age Requirement

Applicants must be:

  • at least 18 years of age OR
  • turn 18 during their first semester at Okanagan College OR
  • have completed the equivalent of British Columbia grade 12.

Applicants who are 17 years of age may be admitted to the Spring and Summer sessions of the English for Academic Purposes program and to any of the Intensive English Communication program sessions.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Beginner levels
  • 20 hours/week of class instruction
  • Programs begin in January, May, July and September

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

  • Intermediate to advanced levels (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
  • Average of 20 hours/week of class instruction
  • Programs begin in January, May, July, and September
  • Students at advanced EAP levels may combine EAP with diploma/degree  courses
  • Successful program completion meets the English requirement for all academic programs at Okanagan College and the English Language Admission (ELA) requirement for UBC Okanagan
English Language Assessment

New ESL and EAP students are assessed through the Okanagan College English Language Assessment (OCELA) to determine their placement in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Alternatively, new  EAP students may also present their IELTS or TOEFL scores and do not need to take the OCELA.


TEST

EAPR 010

EAPR 020

EAPR 030

EAPR 040

IELTS

4.5

With no score less than 4.0 in any section and not less than 4.5 in reading

5.0

With no score less than 4.5 in any section and not less than 5.0 in reading

5.5

With no score less than 5.0 in any section and not less than 5.5 in reading

6.0

With no score less than 5.5 in any section and not less than 6.0 in reading

TOEFL

52

60

71

79

TEST

EAPW 010

EAPW 020

EAPW 030

EAPW 040

IELTS

4.5

With no score less than 4.0 in any section and not less than 4.5 in writing

5.0

With no score less than 4.5 in any section and not less than 5.0 in writing

5.5

With no score less than 5.0 in any section and not less than 5.5 in writing

6.0

With no score less than 5.5 in any section and not less than 6.0 in writing

TOEFL

52

60

71

79

TEST

EAPD 010

EAPD 020

EAPD 030

EAPD 040

IELTS

4.5

With no score less than 4.0 in any section and not less than 4.5 in listening, speaking

and reading

5.0

With no score less than 4.5 in any section and not less than 5.0 in listening, speaking

and reading

5.5

With no score less than 5.0 in any section and not less than 5.5 in listening, speaking and reading

6.0

With no score less than 5.5 in any section and not less than 6.0 in listening,  speaking and reading

TOEFL

52

60

71

79

If IELTS/TOEFL scores are below the minimum for EAP courses, students can register in ESL courses.

For more information, visit: http://www.hhl.de/fileadmin/texte/_relaunch/Conversion_Table_TOEFL_(PBT,CBT,iBT).pdf




Further details may be found on the ESL Program page, and in the Okanagan College Calendar.

   
 How to Apply for OC