Practical English as a Second Language (ESL)
The main emphases of the Practical ESL program are communication and functional English for daily life. Practical ESL programs begin weekly for ages 16 and up.
The minimum class size is 4, the average is 6 and the maximum is 12.
IGK guarantees a very personalized, fast paced and dynamic approach to language learning.
Students can enroll in executive, full or part time programs from 1-50 weeks.
Executive - Full Time - Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.
- 4:00 p.m.
30 hours per week
Full time - Monday-Friday 9:00am - 2:55pm
25 hours per week
Part time - Monday-Friday 9:00am - 12:00noon
15 hours per week
Part time - Monday-Friday 12:45pm - 2:55pm
10 hours per week
Five levels of Practical ESL are offered from Beginner to Advanced which focus on the combined skills of reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking. Northstar, Headway and Canadian Concepts are the main textbooks.
Students choose from a variety of afternoon electives depending on their level and interest. Conversation,
Pronunciation, Canadian Culture, Cambridge, IELTS and TOEIC exam preparation are the most popular electives. Field trips are incorporated into some electives to reinforce 'real life' language practice.
Note - Each student will be given a placement test on the first day of class to determine their level. Homework requirements vary with the level and with the elective but students can expect 30 minutes–1 hour of homework each day. There are weekly quizzes and tests. Not all electives or levels may be offered at one time. A minimum of 6 students is required to run any given elective. Please ask for a current selection.
Daily Schedule: Monday-Friday
9:00-10:15 Practical English
Reading, Writing, Grammar)
10:30-12:00 Practical English
(Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing,
3:00-4:00 Executive private tutoring
Cambridge Exam Preparation
Cambridge FCE, CAE exam preparation programs begin on select dates in January, March, April, June, July, September and October. Students can enroll for 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 weeks depending on the exam and the session. Cambridge exams are the world's most popular certificates for learners of English. Each year they are taken by over 1.5 million people, in 135 countries. Students can use the certificates to gain entrance to a university or college, improve job prospects, satisfy immigration requirements and to measure progress in English. Most Canadian universities accept Cambridge results for entrance to degree programs. Students can expect 1-2 hours of homework daily.
First Certificate Exam (FCE)
- Intermediate-Upper Intermediate level
Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE)
- Advanced level
International Gateway Kelowna is an official Cambridge testing venue.
TOEIC Exam Preparation
The TOEIC program begins weekly and students can enroll for 2-12 weeks. It includes a review of exam techniques, strategies and the study of sample exams. Teachers provide practice tests with feedback and error correction and diagnosis of weak points in English to help students improve their TOEIC scores.
Intermediate to Advanced level
IELTS Exam Preparation
The course provides an overview of the IELTS general training and academic modules, test strategies and practice for the reading, writing, speaking and listening parts of the exams. The course is offered as an afternoon elective on select dates for 4 or 8 weeks. This is an ideal course for students with an Intermediate-Advanced level of English looking to become familiar with the tests, while increasing their confidence and chances of achieving an outstanding result! In Canada, the IELTS General Training exam is mainly used for non-academic training, work experience and immigration purposes while the Academic exam is used to gain entrance to higher education.
Lower Intermediate to Advanced level
High School Preparation
The High School Preparation program begins weekly for ages 11 to 18. Students enroll in Practical ESL or a Cambridge certificate for 12-50 weeks depending on their level. Upon completion of the Upper Intermediate level or Cambridge FCE students are ready to transfer to one of our partner high schools-Studio 9 and Aberdeen Hall. Studio 9 accepts international students in September and January for Grades 8 through 12. Aberdeen Hall accepts international students in September for Grades 7 through 10. IGK provides comprehensive home stay, guardianship and support for unaccompanied students throughout the duration of their ESL and high school programs.
Family ESL and Holiday Program
Learn English and have a family holiday at the same time in Canada's premier resort destination! Adults, teens and young learners take English classes in the morning either in separate classes or together as a family group. In the afternoon teens and juniors can join the scheduled activity program while adults continue with English classes or have free time to explore the city. Families may also wish to plan their own afternoon adventures. Welcome packs include maps and sightseeing information with suggestions for afternoon and weekend trips. This program begins weekly from June to August for ages 8 and up and weekly year round for ages 12 and up. Please note that the scheduled afternoon activity program for teens and younger learners is only available from June-September.
Accommodation options include homestay, hotel, motel or hostel and daycare is available for ages 3-5.
Homestay with a Teacher
The Homestay with a Teacher program features 15 hours per week of individualized, self paced learning in the relaxed and friendly environment of a teacher's home. The daily schedule is mutually agreed upon between the teacher and the student. The lessons are customized to fit each student's special requirements, level and requests. This program can easily be combined with full or part time Practical ESL classes for a very intensive immersion or it can be booked separately. Homestay with a Teacher is an excellent program for Working Holiday Visa students due to the flexibility in the study schedule and the business and job search skills that can be incorporated into the lessons.
International Gateway Kelowna and Fine Art Bartending School team up to provide a
two week bartending certification program. This 28 hour evening course is offered
twice a month. All of the training is 'hands on' and is done behind a real working
bar. Bartending programs provide a job ready skill for students to use both at home
and abroad. Working Holiday students gain a marketable skill which they can use to
secure high paying positions in Kelowna. Wine certification programs are also
available for groups of 5 or more.
Intermediate to Advanced Level
One to one lessons in TOEIC, IELTS, LPI, CELBAN, TOEFL-iBT and Cambridge exam preparation as well as Conversation, Practical ESL, Business English, Accent Reduction and High School subjects.