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Comparing English Language Schools

in Vancouver

Vancouver is a major centre for ESL training in Canada.   Like many other destinations for international students, Vancouver has good schools and bad schools.

It is important to choose a well managed school before applying. This information might help you select a suitable school.

Classroom Observations

If they are not full, good language schools in Vancouver will let you observe a class before you apply.  This is a good way to become familiar with the school.  If the school staff refuse to allow you to observe a class, they might not be confident in their ability to offer satisfactory training.


Although affiliations with professional associations do not guarantee good service, they indicate that schools are making an effort to become good members of the educational community.  Poorly managed language schools do not usually have many professional affiliations.  Here are some associations that  language schools in Vancouver  might belong to:

  • Canadian Association of Private Language Schools (CAPLS)

  • Canadian Education Centre Network (CEC Network)

  • Teachers of English as an Additional Language (TEAL)

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

  • Tourism Vancouver

  • Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses

Non-Traditional Programs

Some charitable organizations, churches, and private tutors offer ESL programs in Vancouver.  They sometimes try to attract international students by offering low fees.  Students should always consider the quality of the classroom instruction before applying for admission to these schools or programs. 

Misleading Advertising

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



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English Language Schools in Vancouver. Comparing English language schools in Vancouver Canada.

Good language schools in Vancouver are all registered with the government.

Language schools are abundant in Vancouver Canada.  Research some schools before applying though. Study ESL in Vancouver Canada!

There are a number of good English language schools in

Vancouver Canada.