English Schools in Vancouver, Canada

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There are many English schools in Vancouver, Canada. However, like many other destinations for international students, Vancouver has good English schools and bad English schools.

Your time is important, so you need to find a well managed English school before applying for admission. We hope that this information can help you select a language school that suits your needs.



Selecting an English School


English Classroom Observations:

If space is available, good English schools will allow you to observe a class for at least half a day before you apply. This is a good way to become familiar with the school. If the staff at a school refuses to allow you to observe a class, they are probably not confident in their ability to offer satisfactory training.

English School Affiliations:

Although affiliation with a professional association does not guarantee good service, it does indicate that a school is making an effort to become a good member of the educational community. Poorly managed English schools do not usually have many professional affiliations. Here are some associations that English schools in Vancouver might belong to:

Canadian Association of Private Language Schools (CAPLS)

Teachers of English as an Additional Language (TEAL)

Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL)

Canadian Education Centres (CEC) Network

Tourism Vancouver


School Size:

Although some small English schools are well managed, they cannot offer many levels and elective courses. Larger schools also tend to have more leisure activities, better homestay programs, and superior facilities. Generally speaking, bigger is better.

Non-Traditional Programs:

Some charitable organizations, churches, and private tutors offer English as a Second Language training. They sometimes offer low fees. Students should always consider the quality of the classroom instruction before applying to an English school.

Misleading Advertising:

Some tutors and small English schools in Vancouver distribute lists that compare the fees and class sizes of other schools. These lists are not usually accurate and might include information that has been intentionally manipulated. The only way to obtain accurate information about an English school is to contact the school directly.


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