Practical English as a Second Language Program (Ages 15 and up)

The main emphases of the Practical ESL program are communication and functional English for daily life. Practical ESL programs begin weekly year round. The minimum class size is 6, the average is 8 and the maximum is 15. IGK guarantees a very personalized, fast paced and dynamic approach to language learning with an innovative digital curriculum ( The majority of students achieve fluency in 24 weeks or less depending on their entry level. Students can enroll in executive, full or part time programs. Students receive full 60 minute lessons at IGK. This is an important fact to check when comparing schools as many schools advertise the number of ‘lessons’ offered per week (which could range anywhere from 30-60 minutes) and not the number of actual in class hours.

Full time (the most popular program at IGK)

Monday-Friday 9:00am – 2:55pm – 25 hours per week – Enroll from 1 to 24 weeks

Part time

Monday-Friday 9:00am – 12:00noon – 15 hours per week – Enroll from 1 to 24 weeks

Part time                                                                 

Monday-Friday 12:45pm – 2:55pm – 10 hours per week – Enroll from 1 to 24 weeks


Monday-Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm – 30 hours per week – Enroll from 1 to 4 weeks

(includes 1 hour of private tutoring per day from 3:00 – 4:00pm)


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. Students are placed according to their placement test scores on the first day of class. Students typically move up to the next level in 6 to 8 weeks. The maximum length of each level is 12 weeks. IGK uses a digitally enhanced curriculum supplemented with Northstar and Headway materials. Students need to provide their own laptop computer, tablet or smart phone to access this curriculum. A pretest can be sent to determine your level before you enroll. The $125 application fee is payable to IGK before the pretest link is sent.


Students are placed in afternoon Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation and Canadian Culture classes according to their placement test scores. Field trips, presentations and group projects are incorporated into these programs to reinforce ‘real life’ language practice. IELTS exam preparation is offered on select dates in March and September for 4 or 8 weeks and a variety of other electives such as Cambridge FCE/CAE and Business Communications are offered from time to time based on student interest.

Notes *Homework requirements vary with the level but students can expect 30 minutes to 1 hour of homework each day. *There are weekly quizzes and tests to measure progress. *A minimum of 6 students are required to run any given elective or level. Contact IGK for a current selection. *Ages 8-14 can enroll in morning Practical ESL classes from June to August only.

 Daily Schedule: Monday-Friday
9:00-10:15 Practical ESL (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Grammar)
10:15-10:30  Break
 10:30-12:00  Practical ESL (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Grammar)
 12:00-12:45  Lunch
 12:45-2:00  Conversation, Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation and Canadian Culture
 2:00-2:10  Break
 2:10-2:55 Conversation, Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation and Canadian Culture
 3:00-4:00  Executive private tutoring

IELTS Exam Preparation (Ages 19 and up)

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 in March and September 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. The General and Academic exams are available in Kelowna on select dates. The IELTS program begins on March 5, 2018 and September 17, 2018. Intermediate to Advanced level

TESOL Certificate Program (Ages 19 and up) 

This 120 hour (2 week ) certificate program prepares participants to teach ESL to both adults and children. The program is composed of 50 hours of pre class assignments, 50 hours in class time and 20 hours of homework and assignments during class time. A 25 hour optional practicum is also available at IGK upon completion of the program. This program is open to both international students and Canadians. Starting on January 8, May 7 and September 10, 2018 for individuals. Groups of 6 or more can start any Monday from April to September; perfect for current teachers wanting to upgrade their skills during vacation periods!  (See attached program details) Intermediate to Advanced level

High School Pathways (Ages 12 to 18)

The High School Pathways program begins weekly year round for ages 15-18 (5 to 24 weeks) and weekly from June to August for ages 12-14 (5 to 12 weeks). First, students enroll in full time Practical ESL (ages 15-18) or the Youth Vacation Program (ages 12-18) at IGK. Upon completion of these programs students are ready to transfer to one of our partner high schools, Studio 9 School of the Arts, Immaculata Regional High School or Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School. Studio 9 accepts international students in September and January for Grades 8 through 12 for a school year or one term. Studio 9 is a K-12, non-denomination private school in Kelowna with an Arts and Fine Arts focus. Studio 9 does not accept international students without a High School Pathways program at IGK. Studio 9’s student body is 99% Canadian with international students transferring from IGK exclusively. Immaculata is a private Catholic school established in 1960 and accepts students in Grades 8-12 transferring from IGK in September or January. Aberdeen Hall is a K-12 non-denominational, private university preparatory school with some of the best test scores and sports facilities in the region. Aberdeen Hall accepts students in Grades 8-12 transferring from IGK in September for a school year. (See attached program details) All levels

Family ESL and Holiday Program

Learn English and have a family holiday at the same time! Adults, teens and young learners take English classes in the morning either together as a family group or in separate classes. If taking classes separately the following options are available for the accompanying youth: With an IGK homestay Youth Vacation Program (June to August/ages 8-18),  Full time Practical ESL (starting weekly year round/ages 15+), ESL + High School Experience (starting weekly September to May/ages 12-18) Without an IGK homestay In addition to the above options youth can take Part Time Morning Practical ESL (starting weekly June to August /ages 8-18). Families may wish to plan their own afternoon adventures and only take morning classes. Welcome packs include maps and sightseeing information with suggestions for afternoon and weekend trips. Accommodation options include homestay, hotel or motel. Full or part time daycare is available for ages 0 to 5.        All levels

Private Tutoring (Ages 15 and up)

One to one lessons: Practical ESL, IELTS, LPI and Cambridge exam preparation as well as Conversation, Writing, Pronunciation and Accent Reduction. Beginner and Intermediate Spanish and Japanese lessons are also available. Students must enroll in full or part time ESL classes at IGK in conjunction with the private tutoring. Private tutoring is held from 3-4pm. All levels

Bartending Certificate/Wine Foundation Program (Ages 19 and up)

Bartending certification program; this 28 hour daytime or 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/Canada Experience students gain a marketable skill which they can use to secure high paying jobs in Kelowna. A two day Wine Foundation Program is also available for groups of 4 or more. Participants learn about wine tasting and wine terminology.  (Bartending Program) (Wine Foundation Program) Intermediate to Advanced Level