English as a Second Language

VCC is renowned in Western Canada for its English as an additional language programs and courses. We offer classes for immigrants and refugees living in Canada, as well as international visitors and visa students. Our classes are flexible and can meet the needs of learners from beginner to advanced levels.

Terminology: ESL or EAL?

At VCC, we acknowledge that the terms “ESL” or “English as a Second Language” do not appropriately represent many of our learners. When communicating about these programs, we prefer and use the term “English as an Additional Language,” or “EAL,” as it acknowledges a wider diversity of backgrounds. Regarding VCC’s website and program names, however, we continue to use the term “ESL” to assist potential students in finding our programs online.


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