Department of English as a Second Language

Thompson Rivers University is a leader in ESL education for university and college students as well as those seeking a career as language educators in the field of TESL/TESOL, and in offering first-year Service Learning opportunities. The ESL department offers a breadth of courses to help you become more confident speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. Our students come from around the world, and we look forward to meeting you!

English as a Second Language Academic Preparation

A nationally articulated five-level program for students preparing for academic study at university or those who want to attend one semester just to improve their language skills. Students further develop their ability to understand, speak, read and write English. By Level 4 of this program, students can take one academic course and in Level 5 students may take up to three academic courses.

TESL Teaching English as a Second Language

Accredited by TESL Canada, the TESL program at TRU is a nationally recognized certificate program for university graduates who wish to teach English as a Second Language in Canada or internationally. This program trains students in the most effective teaching techniques, including interactive activities and games. This five-course certificate program includes a practicum placement that will prepare students to enter the job market.