English as a Second Language

English Secondary Language

The English as a Second Language program provides Second Language students a pathway to academic success in post-secondary programming.  The program is delivered by highly trained EASL instructors in small classes that focus on inclusion and community. By completing this program, students will meet the English entrance requirements for a variety of post-secondary programs at Northern Lights College and will enhance their communications skills for employment.

Career Prospects

The purpose of the EASL program is to gain entry to post-secondary and other programming.  Improved English skills will also serve to increase employability across many sectors.


Location: Fort St. John Campus

Length: A typical learner can complete one level per semester

Start: September, January and April

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Important Notes

  1. The program is not eligible for Canada Student Loans. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) is available to eligible BC residents enrolled in EASL. Only domestic students (Canadian citizens, permanent residents/landed immigrants, convention refugees) are eligible to apply for AUG funding 
  2. Regardless of existing English test results, all new NLC ESL students will be required to complete the CaMLA EPT and writing test sample administered at NLC.
  3. International students should contact the International Department for application deadlines specific to their situation.
  4. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Guide (effective September 2022)

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Do you need more information?
Program Contacts:
For local English as a Second Language students: EASL instructor, Michael Temple
For international students:  International Department (students@international.nlc.bc.ca)


EASL020 (Beginners English for Academic Purposes)
EASL030 (Pre-Intermediate English for Academic Purposes)
EASL040 (Intermediate English for Academic Purposes)
EASL050 (Advanced English for Academic Purposes)
EASL060 (Masters English for Academic Purposes)