Practical English as a Second Language Program (Ages 16 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 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 to 24 weeks.


Full Time – Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
30 hours per week (includes 1 hour of private tutoring per day from 3:00-4:00pm)

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 and Headway are the main textbooks.


Students choose one elective from a variety of afternoon electives depending on their level and interest. Conversation, Canadian Culture, Cambridge FCE/CAE and IELTS exam preparation are the most popular electives. Field trips are incorporated into some electives to reinforce ‘real life’ language practice.


*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 to 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 or level. Contact IGK for a current selection.

*Ages 12-15 can enroll in part time morning Practical ESL from June to August only. IGK homestay placements are unavailable for part time minors. It is strongly recommended that students aged 12-15 enroll in IGK’s all inclusive Youth Vacation Program which runs from June to August.

 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  Elective
 2:00-2:10  Break
 2:10-2:55  Elective
 3:00-4:00  Executive private tutoring

Cambridge Exam Preparation (Ages 16 and up)

Cambridge FCE and CAE exam preparation programs begin on select dates in January, March, April, June, September and October. Students can enroll for 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13 weeks depending on the exam and the session. Cambridge exams are the world’s most popular exams 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. Unlike TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS, Cambridge results never expire! Students can expect 1 to 2 hours of homework daily. A Cambridge pretest is available to interested participants to pre-determine entry preparedness. Contact IGK Cambridge graduates receive direct transfer without any further ESL to degree and diploma programs at a number of partner colleges and universities. (see Pathway Programs page)

First Certificate Exam (FCE)
- Intermediate-Upper Intermediate level
Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE)
- Advanced level

International Gateway Kelowna is an official Cambridge testing venue.


IELTS Exam Preparation (Ages 16 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 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.
Intermediate to Advanced level

High School Preparation (Ages 12-16)

The High School Preparation program begins weekly year round for students aged 16 (8 to 24 weeks) and weekly from June to August for ages 12-15 (8 to 12 weeks). First, students enroll in full time Practical ESL at IGK. Upon completion of the Upper Intermediate level (Level 4) students are then ready to transfer to our partner high school, Studio 9 Academy. Studio 9 Academy accepts international students in September and January for Grades 8 through 10 for one term or for a school year. Studio 9 Academy is a K-10, non-denomination private school in Kelowna with an Arts and Fine Arts focus. Studio 9 Academy does not accept international students without a High School Preparation program at IGK. Studio 9 Academy does not offer ESL, homestay or support for international students. Studio 9’s student body is 99% Canadian with international students transferring from IGK exclusively. (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

Full time Youth Vacation Program – June to August – ages 8-18

Full time Practical ESL – starting weekly year round – ages 16 and up

Full time ESL + High School Experience – September to May – ages 12-16

Without an IGK homestay

Part Time Practical ESL (mornings only) – June to August – ages 8-18

Full or part time Practical ESL – starting weekly year round – ages 16 and up

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 16 and up)

One to one lessons in TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, LPI and Cambridge exam preparation as well as Conversation, Writing, Pronunciation and Accent Reduction.
All levels

Bartending Certificate/Wine Knowledge 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.  (See attached program details) (Wine Foundation Program)
Intermediate to Advanced Level