Practical English as a Second Language Program (Ages 12 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 award winning and innovative digital curriculum ( Off2class is Canadian made. 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 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.

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 level. Contact IGK for a current selection. *Ages 8 to 11 can enroll in morning Practical ESL classes from June to August only.  *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

LIVE Online Practical English as a Second Language (ESL) Program-2 for 1 special (Ages 12 and up) 

Online Practical ESL programs use IGK’s award winning ‘Made in Canada’ curriculum ( and begin weekly using ZOOM.

Part time mornings – 15 hours – 9:00am-12:00noon PST – General English-listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. Beginner to Upper Intermediate levels

Part time afternoons – 10 hours – 12:45-2:55pm PST – Conversation, Pronunciation and Canadian Culture – Beginner to Upper Intermediate levels

Full time 25 hours per week – 9:00am-2:55pm PST – Combination of the above program.

**Ask for details about this special – valid for study until December 18, 2020. 

Business English Certificate (Ages 19 and up)

This challenging and rewarding 8 week part time program covers a variety of business topics such as: advertising, brand identity, employment, resume creation, marketing, customer service, ethics, presentations, business start-up essentials, finance, structure, etiquette and travel. An award winning, digitally enhanced curriculum is used along with British and North American business materials. Entry level test required. This program begins  January 18 and October 18, 2021. 

(See attached program details)  Intermediate to Advanced level

TESOL Certificate Program (Ages 19 and up)

This 120 hour (8 week) online certificate program prepares participants to teach English as a Second anguage (ESL) to both adults and children. The program is composed of 50 hours of pre-class assignments, 50 hours of LIVE online classes and 20 hours of homework and assignments. Open to both international and local students. Program is accredited  by I.C.O.E.S.  Starting in January, March, May, July, September and November 2021 

(See attached program details) Intermediate to Advanced level

EIKEN Exam Preparation (Ages 14 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. The Eiken program begins in November 2020 (Grade 2) for 8 weeks (12:45-2:55pm). Intermediate 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 14-18) 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, Unisus or Aberdeen Hall. IGK partner schools are only 5 to 15% international students. Ask for details. All levels

Private Tutoring (Ages 12 and up)

One to one lessons: Practical ESL, Conversation, Pronunciation, Cambridge,  IELTS, LPI and EIKEN exam preparation. Private tutoring is held from 3-4pm at IGK. In-class and online options are available All levels

Wine Foundation Program (Ages 19 and up)

A two day Wine Foundation Program is offered on select dates in 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

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 accompanying youth: With an IGK homestay – Youth Vacation Program (June to August/ages 8 to 18),  Full time Practical ESL (starting weekly year round/ages 14+), 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 English classes (starting weekly mid June to mid August / ages 8-18). Families may wish to plan their own afternoon adventures and take morning classes only. Accommodation options include homestay (maximum 1 parent + 1 child), hotel, motel, hostel and vacation rental.  All levels