ESL classes and programs

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English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offer instruction in English for non-native speakers. They’re taught by skilled instructors, many of whom are TEFL-certified. The aim of these classes is normally to develop competency or fluency in spoken and written English. They’re ideal for foreign and international students who speak little to no English. Read more


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Sylvan Learning Thornhill  

Thornhill; Markham

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Day, Program

Sylvan camp will spark the creativity of campers through various hands on STEM related activities, such as robot building, math/science projects and creative writing.

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $149/month
Day, Program Coed1493-180Thornhill, Ontario, Markham, OntarioEducation: Academic/TutoringSylvan Learning ThornhillSylvan camp will spark the creativity of campers through various hands on STEM related activities, such as robot building, math/science projects and creative writing. Thornhill, Ontario, Markham, Ontario Day, Program Coed

Oxford Learning High Park  

Bloor West Village, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day

Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $400/week
Day Coed4004-121Bloor West Village, Toronto, OntarioEducation (multi)Oxford Learning High ParkOxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn! Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ontario Day Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Day, Program

Sylvan EDGE camps and classes will introduce your child to new and fun experiences in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Tutoring & homework help also available.

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $135/session
Day, Program Coed1353-182London, OntarioEducation (multi)Sylvan Learning LondonSylvan EDGE camps and classes will introduce your child to new and fun experiences in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Tutoring & homework help also available. London, Ontario Day, Program Coed

Camp Mère Clarac  

Saint-Donat

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

Located on the banks of Rivière Ouareau, we have a magnificent 115 acres of land (making it one of the most beautiful campsites in Quebec) with unique and safe facilities, and 25 activities conducted in French!

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $475/session
Day, Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys4754-163Saint-Donat, QuebecTraditional (multi activity) Camp Mère ClaracLocated on the banks of Rivière Ouareau, we have a magnificent 115 acres of land (making it one of the most beautiful campsites in Quebec) with unique and safe facilities, and 25 activities conducted in French! Saint-Donat, Quebec Day, Overnight Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Education: STEM
  • Day, Program

Join us for a week of building Lego® robots & an introduction to video game design and programming! Your child will learn problem solving skills all while making friends & having fun with STEM!

  • Ages 3 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day, Program Coed2503-174Guelph, OntarioEducation: STEMSylvan Learning GuelphJoin us for a week of building Lego® robots & an introduction to video game design and programming! Your child will learn problem solving skills all while making friends & having fun with STEM! Guelph, Ontario Day, Program Coed
  • Education (multi)
  • Day, Program

Sylvan STEM Camps are high quality, low ratio camps with LEGO Robotics, Coding, Science Experiments, Engineering builds and more hands-on STEM activities. REMEMBER Effective summer tutoring is also available for JK-Gr.12

  • Ages 3 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day, Program Coed1503-175Burlington, OntarioEducation (multi)Sylvan Learning BurlingtonSylvan STEM Camps are high quality, low ratio camps with LEGO Robotics, Coding, Science Experiments, Engineering builds and more hands-on STEM activities. REMEMBER Effective summer tutoring is also available for JK-Gr.12 Burlington, Ontario Day, Program Coed

Focus Learning Academic Centre  

York Mills, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day, Program

An enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps.

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $420/week
Day, Program Coed4208-156York Mills, Toronto, OntarioEducation (multi)Focus Learning Academic CentreAn enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps. York Mills, Toronto, Ontario Day, Program Coed

Apostrophe Kids  

Oakville; Mississauga

  • Education: Academic/Tutoring
  • Program

Academic enrichment program developed by an Ontario Certified Teacher to build student confidence and engagement in Language Arts and Math. Classes are once a week for 90 minutes from September to June.

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $159/month
Program Coed1597-157Oakville, Ontario, Mississauga, OntarioEducation: Academic/TutoringApostrophe KidsAcademic enrichment program developed by an Ontario Certified Teacher to build student confidence and engagement in Language Arts and Math. Classes are once a week for 90 minutes from September to June. Oakville, Ontario, Mississauga, Ontario Program Coed

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In addition to after-school, weekend, and winter ESL programs, there are summer options available. For instance, you might also look into the following: 

English as Second Language camps: across the country, these camps help kids as young as seven years old develop English skills, while being given plenty of time to have fun both indoor and out.

ESL overnight camps: these are a great option for international students. Many of these camps offer boarding, meals, and other necessities. They also offer full immersion in the culture, language, and in camp life. And they integrate English learning with traditional camp activities, like swimming, canoeing, and hiking.

Day camps with ESL: these can be perfect for kids who want to remain closer to home to develop or brush up on their English. Most day camps are full-time, offering all-day instruction, five days a week. Some camps offer part-time ESL programs, though.

Who are ESL classes for?

The short answer: anyone who wants to learn English. This includes kids as young as six years old, as well as mature adults.

The longer answer: ESL classes are suitable and ideal for many people, with a wide range of backgrounds and goals. This list includes but isn’t limited to: 

  • Immigrants who have just moved to the country
  • Foreigners looking to study or work in Canada
  • Non-native speakers with no English background
  • Non-native speakers looking to brush up on their English

What ESL classes offer

ESL classes are really for anyone looking to learn or improve their English. They offer students the opportunity to become competent or fluent in this language, in terms of speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Classes are offered at a variety of levels, from beginner (those with no English background) to more advanced speakers (those with a solid foundation in English). 

ESL classes have many well-known benefits. First of all, they have a host of academic benefits, including the following: 

  • High-level instruction
  • A standardized curriculum
  • Highly-qualified native instructors
  • An immersive language environment
  • Unique English-learning activities
  • Individualized learning
  • Hands-on, experiential learning
  • Communication and interaction with others learning English

In addition to these academic benefits, many ESL programs offer other potential perks. While not all programs offer all of these (note: this isn’t an exhaustive list), many do:

  • Networking and making connections
  • Making friends
  • Learning about a new culture
  • Participating in fun activities
  • Going on field trips
  • Broadening one’s horizons

Choosing the best ESL class for your child

When looking for the right ESL class, you’ll need to focus on what’s important to you and your child. This may include location, cost, programming, scheduling, teaching approach, and much more. 

We recommend visiting those who run the program in person. One great way to do so is through the Our Kids Camp and Program Expo, held each winter in Toronto. At the expo, you can speak directly with the directors, staff, and teachers of ESL programs and camps. If you’re interested, you can also talk with the staff of many other types of camps and programs

Be sure you’ve found the right program

Once you’ve done your initial research, you should be able to come up with a shortlist of potential ESL classes or programs for your child or teen. Having done this, you’ll want to learn more about each of these to ensure you find the right fit. It’s important to ask staff many questions. Here’s a list to get you started:

  • What level of classes do you offer?
  • When do these classes take place?
  • What is your teaching approach?
  • What credentials do your instructors have (e.g., TEFL)?
  • How many students are in the class, and what is the student-to-teacher ratio?
  • What textbook(s) do you use?
  • What other instructional materials do you use?
  • What exactly are your learning objectives?
  • Do you offer field trips?
  • Are you connected with any schools, organizations, or associations?

Other helpful information

Our Kids provides a wide range of resources on language education, including ESL education. Here are a few articles we think you’ll find especially helpful:

If you want to learn more about ESL education and instruction in Canada from other authoritative sources, there are many helpful articles to consult. Here are a few we recommend:



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