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ESL (English as a second language) course is vitally important part of adaptation for those, arriving to Canada. Gaining proficiency in English is a critical skill for many newcomers and residents in Canada.

English as a second or foreign language is the use of English by speakers with different native languages. The English language has a great reach and influence, and English is taught all over the world. In countries where English is not usually a native language, there are two distinct models for teaching English: educational programs for students who want to move to English-speaking countries, and other programs for students who do not intend to move but who want to understand English content for the purposes of education, entertainment, employment or conducting international business. The differences between these two models of English language education have grown larger over time, and teachers focusing on each model have used different terminology, received different training, and formed separate professional associations.

ESL methods. Methods of learning English are highly variable, depending on the student's level of English proficiency and the manner and setting in which they are taught, which can range from required classes in school to self-directed study at home, or a blended combination of both. In some programs, educational materials (including spoken lectures and written assignments) are provided in a mixture of English, and the student's native language. In other programs, educational materials are always in English, but the vocabulary, grammar, and context clues may be modified to be more easily understood by students with varying levels of comprehension. Adapting comprehension, insight-oriented repetitions, and recasts are some of the methods used in training.

ESL teaching methods are the ways in which teachers use to teach English. There are many different types of ESL teaching methods, including interactive methodologies, step-by-step instruction, group work models, and activity-based learning. It is important for a teacher to find the right methodology for their students in order to help them learn.

ESL program in every country may differ. Without proper cultural immersion (social learning grounds) the associated language habits and reference points (internal mechanisms) of the host country are not completely transferred through these programs. As a further complication, the syntax of the language is based on Latin grammar hence it suffers inconsistencies. For example, one of the major engines that influence the language are the United States and Canada and they both have assimilated the language differently so they may differ in expressions and usage.

ESL program in MSA opens to you a wide range of opportunities to perfect English in a most effective and suitable for you way:

✓ Professional and enthusiastic teachers

✓ Individual approach to every student

✓ Innovative database of educational material

✓ User-friendly e-learning platform

✓ Small groups

✓ Flexible schedule

The biggest feature of MSA's ESL course is that it allows students from all around the world to participate. Whether you are in China, Japan, Korea, or North America, you can take classes through MSA's online education platform. MSA also offers in-person classes, which have the same curriculum as the online classes. Our MSA faculty is highly qualified, as our teachers are all Ontario Certified Teachers with extensive teaching experience and a variety of techniques to enhance English skills. Additionally, MSA offers small class sizes, enabling teachers to focus on each student's learning situation and make real-time adjustments. 

Compared to other schools, MSA offers affordable course prices. The cost for a 5-person class is $450 for 20 hours, and a 10-person class is $160 for 20 hours. There is also a $30 application fee. The start date of the course will be notified by the MSA Guidance Department. The email address of our Guidance Department is guidence@msaedu.ca

MSA's ESL program consists of 5 levels: AO, BO, CO, DO, and EO. Each level is further divided into 5 subcategories: S1, S2, S3, S4, and S5. After completing subcategories S1-S5 in any level, students will progress to the next level, and so on. Each subcategory, such as S1, consists of 20 hours, resulting in approximately 100 hours per level. Once students complete a full rotation of the 5 subcategories in any level, they will receive a progress report and can request credit from the school. MSA will review the application and grant credits accordingly with additional requests. If students only complete certain subcategories, such as S3-S5, they are not eligible to receive the credit.

ESL program in Mississauga Secondary Academy may vary from Academic which is used in studying purposes and Business for employment.

ESL Academic program contains 5 levels.

ESL, Level 1, Open (ESLAO) Prerequisites: None This course builds on students’ previous education and language knowledge to introduce them to the English language and help them adjust to the diversity in their new environment. Students will use beginner English language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday and essential academic purposes. They will engage in short conversations using Basic English language structures and simple sentence patterns; read short adapted texts; and write phrases and short sentences. The course also provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada.

ESL, Level 2: Open (ESLBO) Prerequisites: ESL Level 1 or equivalent This course extends students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English for

everyday and academic purposes. Students will participate in conversations in structured situations on a variety of familiar and new topics; read a variety of texts designed or adapted for English language learners; expand their knowledge of English grammatical structures and sentence patterns; and link English sentences to compose paragraphs. The course also supports students’ continuing adaptation to the Ontario school system by expanding their knowledge of diversity in their new province and country.

ESL, Level 3: Open (ESLCO) Prerequisites: ESL Level 2 or equivalent This course further extends students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English for a variety of everyday and academic purposes. Students will make short classroom oral presentations; read a variety of adapted and original texts in English; and write using a variety of text forms. As well, students will expand their academic vocabulary and their study skills to facilitate their transition to the mainstream school program. This course also introduces students to the rights and responsibilities inherent in Canadian citizenship, and to a variety of current Canadian issues.

ESL, Level 4: Open (ESLDO) Prerequisites: ESL Level 3 or equivalent This course prepares students to use English with increasing fluency and accuracy in classroom and social situations and to participate in Canadian society as informed citizens. Students will develop the oral-presentation, reading, and writing skills required for success in all school subjects. They will extend listening and speaking skills through participation in discussions and seminars; study and interpret a variety of grade-level texts; write narratives, articles, and summaries in English; and respond critically to a variety of print and media texts.

ESL, Level 5: Open (ESLEO) Prerequisites: ESL Level 4 or equivalent This course provides students with the skills and strategies they need to make the transition to college and university preparation courses in English and other secondary school disciplines. Students will be encouraged to develop independence in a range of academic tasks. They will participate in debates and lead classroom workshops; read and interpret literary works and academic texts; write essays, narratives, and reports; and apply a range of learning strategies and research skills effectively. Students will further develop their ability to respond critically to print and media texts.

ESL Business program has following levels:

ESL - Level 1 This course is intended for English language learners who have had limited access to schooling and thus have significant gaps in their first-language literacy skills. Students will use basic listening and speaking skills to communicate in English for everyday purposes; develop readiness skills for reading and writing; begin to read highly structured texts for everyday purposes; and use basic English language structures and sentence patterns in

speaking and writing. The course will also help students begin to adapt to their new lives in Canada.

ESL - Level 2 This course is intended for English language learners who have had limited access to schooling and thus have gaps in their first-language literacy skills. Students will use their developing listening and speaking skills to communicate in English for a variety of purposes; develop reading strategies to understand a variety of simple texts; produce simple forms of writing; apply increasing knowledge of English grammatical structures in speaking and writing; expand their vocabulary; and develop fundamental study skills. The course will also provide opportunities for students to become familiar with and use school and community resources and to build their knowledge of Canada and diversity.

ESL - Level 3 This course builds on students’ growing literacy and language skills and extends their ability to communicate in English about familiar topics. Students will make brief oral presentations; improve their literacy skills through a variety of contextualized and supported reading and writing tasks; distinguish between fact and opinion in short written and oral texts; complete short guided-research projects; and engage in a variety of cooperative learning activities. The course will also enable students to strengthen and extend their skills and personal management strategies and to broaden their understanding of Canadian diversity and citizenship.

ESL - Level 4 This course extends students’ literacy skills and ability to apply learning strategies effectively, and teaches them how to use community resources to enhance lifelong learning. Students will communicate with increased accuracy and fluency for a variety of academic and everyday purposes; perform a variety of guided reading, writing, and viewing tasks; and use media and community resources to complete guided-research projects. This course further develops the critical thinking skills students will need to participate in Canadian society as informed citizens.

ESL - Level 5 This course provides students with skills and strategies that will allow them to continue their education successfully and pursue pathways to employment that may involve apprenticeship and/or cooperative education programs. Students will communicate orally and in writing on a variety of topics; perform a variety of independent reading and writing tasks; interpret and create media texts; and use a range of media and community resources. This course also expands the critical thinking skills students will need in order to contribute to Canadian society as informed citizens.

ESL teachers in MSA are highly motivated to take you to your success in gaining proficiency in English as a second language. They provide you with great content and well-planned engaging lessons that will encourage you in the fascinating studying process. Sign in for the free assessment of your English level today and our specialists will help you to pick the perfect program to enhance your English to a top level.



After payment, students will undergo an assessment, which involves spoken language questions to determine their proficiency level. Based on the assessment results, as well as students' abilities and ages, MSA will assign them to appropriate classes. If students are not satisfied with their class placement, they can request to change classes. MSA will provide audition opportunities upon availability. Students also have the option to choose TC3, which is MSA's tutoring class, priced at $35 or $50. If you do not need to take credit courses in Ontario, the $35 option would be a great choice.

In the case of students who are unable to attend in-person classes due to illness or other reasons, they need to send an email to their teacher and the guidance office indicating the reason. Additionally, MSA will be more than happy to conduct a live broadcast of the class if students require it. This allows the student to interact with the teacher as they would in an in-person class. 

Currently, there are no trial classes for ESL; however, you can send a request to MSA Guidance. With the request submitted, you might have a chance to participate in a trial class with a reasonable explanation.