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General English

College Students in Classroom

Course Description

HLIC's General English (ESL) program is for students who want to focus on communication and conversation skills. This program is best for students who that are not planning to attend college or university in Canada. 

The morning consists of lessons in integrated skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar). In the afternoon, students focus on developing speaking skills, including vocabulary and pronunciation, on a new theme each week.

Students will complete a placement assessment prior to starting their program to determine their English level. You will be placed in a class that is appropriate to your English level.






Start Date

1 Textbook per level

25 hours per week

Monday to Friday

1 Week+

1   2   3   4   5

Any Monday

How much does studying General English at HLIC cost?

The General English course operates on continuous enrolment which allows for students to join our classes on any Monday and study for as many weeks as they like.

The cost of your course will depend on your length of study. For an accurate quote, please contact us at HLIC. 

All prices are listed and to be paid in Canadian Dollars (CAD).

Valid health insurance is mandatory for all international students in Canada.

Homestay is offered to students who are studying with HLIC for at least 1 week or longer. Homestay cost includes 3 meals per day.  Click here for more information about our homestay program.



Admissions Fee

Health Insurance

Activities Fee

Homestay Fee

Homestay Application

Security Deposit

$375 per week

$150 per level

$150 (non-refundable)

$2 per day

$30 per week

$300 per week

$200 (non-refundable)

$400 (refundable)

HLIC Calendar 2024/2025

EAP, UBP: Courses required to attend English-speaking highschools, colleges and universities begin and end on designated dates throughout the year.

ESL, Other English Courses: English programs not required for further studies can begin on any Monday of the year, except for Public Holidays and HLIC Closure Dates.

Public Holidays 2024:

Monday, January 1

Monday, February 19
Monday, April 1

Monday, July 1

Monday, September 2


Winter 1

Winter 2


Spring 1

Summer 1


Fall 1

Fall 2


Start Date

January 3

February 26

April 22

April 29

June 24

August 19

August 26

October 21

December 16

End Date

February 23

April 19

April 26

June 21

August 16

August 23

October 18

December 13

January 3, 2025

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