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ESL Pathway

What is ESL Pathway Program?


ESL Pathway Program

This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.
The ESL Pathway program is designed for students who aim to achieve a level of English advanced enough to attend and succeed in Canadian post-secondary institutions. This program combines material from Glenn College’s ESL and IELTS Preparation programs while also including material that is designed to help students become confident in undertaking various academic tasks commonly done at post-secondary institutions such as group work and discussions, research skills, comprehending lectures, and more. Students who successfully complete the ESL Pathway program will be eligible to apply to Glenn College’s partner post-secondary institutions without needing to submit an IELTS score for admission. This is an intensive program and students are expected to commit to several hours of study each week.

How to process ESL Pathway Program


The ESL Pathway program consists of 3 courses with each course lasting 8 weeks. The courses include the following:

Title of Course Number of Hours
ESL Pathway 1 240
ESL Pathway 2 240
ESL Pathway 3 240
  • ESL Pathway 1 is the equivalent to Glenn College’s ESL Level 6 course.
  • ESL Pathway 2 is the equivalent to Glenn College’s ESL Level 7 course.
  • ESL Pathway 3 is the equivalent to Glenn College’s ESL Level 8 course.

Students who complete ESL 5 with a minimum overall score of 80% are eligible to enter the ESL Pathway program and proceed to ESL Pathway 1. Students entering Glenn College who have a higher level of English may join the program starting from Pathway 2 or 3 depending on their language proficiency.


Students will be assigned to a level according to their English proficiency. In order to determine appropriate levels for students, they will take an entrance quiz upon acceptance to Glenn College. Otherwise, students may show proof of proficiency through one of the following:

  • An IELTS, TOEFL, or TOEIC score

Grading Policy


Methods of Evaluation

Students in each level will be evaluated in the following ways:

  1. Weekly speaking assignments
  2. Weekly written assignments including essays
  3. Weekly reading assignments
  4. Weekly listening assignments
  5. Weekly tests for reading, writing, listening & speaking assessment
  6. Attendance will be recorded and added to the weekly assessment and assignment totals for a weekly mark on individual progress sheets


For successful completion of this program, students must achieve an overall minimum mark of 70% throughout the program with a minimum of 70% attendance. Their course marks will be an accumulation of written assignments, oral presentations, attendance and participation.
In order for students to advance to the next ESL Pathway course level, they must receive a score of 80% with a requirement of 70% attendance.


Upon completion of the ESL Pathway program, students will receive a program certificate. In addition, students will be eligible to apply to any one of Glenn College’s partner post-secondary institutions without the need to provide an IELTS test score.

Students who enroll in a language program which is six months or less in duration or for which tuition is less than $4,000 may not make a claim against the Student Tuition

Protection Fund, which is managed by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. This language program may not have been reviewed or approved by PTIB. For more information about programs that do not require PTIB approval see:
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