Practical English as a Second Language Program (Ages 14 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 ( 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 can range anywhere from 30-60 minutes) and not the actual in-class hours. Over 93% of Kelowna residents and all IGK homestays speak English as a first language so your skills will improve much faster in this TRUE English immersion than in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Miami, NY, Seattle etc where there are many non English speaking immigrants and host families. The majority of IGK students achieve fluency in just 12 to 18 weeks!

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 $150 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 weeks and a variety of other electives such as 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 to 13 can enroll in morning Practical ESL classes from June to August only. *The Executive ESL Program is unavailable in July and August. *IGK does not compensate for National holidays so choose study dates accordingly.

 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 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 September 30, 2019. Intermediate to Advanced level

EIKEN Exam Preparation (Ages 15 and up)

EIKEN is an abbreviation of Jitsuyo Eigo Gino Kentei (Test in Practical English Proficiency), one of the most widely used English-language testing programs in Japan. It is offered at 7 levels: Grade 1, Grade Pre-1, Grade 2, Grade Pre-2, Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5. The total number of examinees since 1963 exceeds 95 million. EIKEN can be used as a language skills certificate for study abroad as it is recognized in approximately 400 universities and educational institutions in North America, Australia, and throughout the world. Eiken program begins on October 21, 2019 (Grade 2) for 9 weeks (12:45-2:55pm). Intermediate to Advanced level

TESOL Certificate Program (Ages 19 and up) 

This 120 hour certificate program prepares participants to teach ESL to both adults and children. In class (2 week) or online (8 week) options are available. The program is composed of 50 hours of pre-class assignments, 50 hours of in class time and 20 hours of homework and assignments during class time. This program is open to both international and local students. The part time online course begins in August 2019 and January, March, June and August 2020. The full time in-class course begins in September 2019 in Kelowna and in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in September, October and November 2019. Ask for details. (Online TESOL program details) (In-class TESOL program detailsIntermediate to Advanced level

High School Pathways (Ages 12 to 18)

The High School Pathways program begins weekly year round for ages 14 to 18 (5 to 24 weeks) and weekly from June to August for ages 12 to 13 (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 or Immaculata Regional High 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 to 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 95% Canadian with international students transferring from IGK exclusively. Immaculata is a private Catholic school established in 1960 and accepts students in Grades 8 to 12 transferring from IGK in September for a school year. Immaculata’s student body is 85% Canadian. (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, motel, youth hostel or resort. Full or part time daycare is available for ages 0 to 5 except from June to September. All levels

Private Tutoring (Ages 12 and up)

One to one lessons: Practical ESL, Cambridge, IELTS, LPI, EIKEN exam preparation as well as Conversation, Writing and Pronunciation. Beginner and Intermediate. 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

Wine Foundation Program (Ages 19 and up)

A two day Wine Foundation Program is offered on select dates in September, October, December, January, April and May. Participants learn about wine, wine tasting and wine terminology. Working Holiday students gain a marketable skill which they can use to secure high paying jobs in Kelowna, the Okanagan and the rest of Canada in wineries, pubs, restaurants and hotels. (See attached program details) Lower Intermediate to Advanced Level