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How to gain your English qualification with the London Language Institute

Published On: June 11, 2021
  • Want to learn English?
  • Need a qualification, but not sure which qualification is right for you?

At London Language Institute, we help you gain the qualification you need to reach your goals. We offer ESL (English as a Second Language) online courses at all levels, from pre-beginners up to students who want to study in Canada at high school or university.


ESL programs for beginner students

Our popular ESL program is available in seven different levels, including a pre-beginners Foundation course if you have not learnt English before.

When you apply for an ESL course, we will test your level of English, so you can join an online class of students who are all at your ability level. Your online class with have 12 students maximum, and lessons are always held live (not pre-recorded). So, you will enjoy one-on-one attention from the teacher, and a great learning environment. You can ask questions and listen to questions from other students too.

Our ESL courses start every 4 weeks, and each level take 8 weeks to complete if you study full-time.

    • You will be in class online or in person for 23 hours per week.
    • You will also need to do some study outside class hours.
    • You can complete our entire program in as little as 12 months.

You can even start studying online and then choose to join your classmates in person at our Canada language school here in London, Ontario!


Bridge to our Academic programs

Once you have completed our ESL course to level 4, you can join our Bridge program. This Level 5 program brings you up to the level required for our Academic Preparation program. Our Academic Preparation programs (AP1 and AP2) prepare you for entry to a Canadian college (Diploma) or undergraduate (Degree) university program. AP1 and AP2 each take 8 weeks to complete.


How you will learn

Our teachers are all qualified, experience ESL teachers, and follow a standard, proven curriculum. After school programming includes our IELTS preparation, and conversation circles.

  • All our Full time ESL and Academic courses follow the same weekly timetable. So, you will join your class from 9.00am to 12.00pm, have a lunch break, then be in class again from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.
  • Part time ESL programs are available Monday to Thursday from 5:00pm to 7:15pm and Saturday mornings from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Part time ESL classes are only available online.


ESL standardized tests you can take through LLI

Once a month, your teacher may put you forward for a test to gain qualifications. These include:

• TOEFL – Test Of English as a Foreign Language

You might require this qualification if you want to study at an American or Canadian college or university. You might also need this if your employer wants to give you a job that involves working in English.

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• TOEIC – Test of English for International Communications

This test assesses English language skills which are needed in the workplace. When you apply for a job, your new employer may ask that you have a TOIEC score.

More information here:


• CAEL – Canadian Academic English Language

This test will measure your English language ability if you want to study in Canada post-college or university. In this test, you will read articles, listen to a lecture, answer questions, and write a short essay, just as (you) would be expected to do in your first year at a Canadian university or college.

More information here:


• GMAT – Graduate Management Admissions Test

The GMAT is often required if you wish to apply for an MBA program. This advanced test measures your English language skills and math skills, plus your reasoning and critical thinking skills. There are four parts to a GMAT;

  • AWA Essay
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Quantitative Section
  • Verbal Section

Each section is sacred separately, and you will receive an overall score for the test.

More information here:


• IELTS – International English Language Testing System

if you are moving to an English-speaking country for work, you will often require a IELTS test score of 6 or above. An IELTS test will assess your English skills in:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

Our IELTS program can prepare you for either the academic or general IELTS test.

More information here:


Study to be an ESL English teacher at LLI

At LLI, you can study to become an English teacher on the TESOL Certificate Program. Our ESL teacher training course is for students who have a secondary school diploma, and preferably a university undergraduate degree.

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