English Language Learning (ELL)

Burnaby has more than 20 years of experience in providing intensive English language training. This has allowed the district to develop an exceptional program led by highly qualified teachers.

Most international students require English language training, which is referred to as the English Language Learning (ELL) Program. A student’s English level is assessed during orientation.

Elementary school students are integrated into a regular classroom but removed from class for up to 1 hour a day to receive specialized ELL instruction. The amount of time out of the regular classroom is reduced as the student’s English improves throughout the year.

Secondary school students complete ELL courses as well as regular academic courses suitable for their English language level. Basically, each Burnaby secondary school offers three levels of ELL program, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Depending on their language level, secondary students normally receive from 3 to 12 hours of intensive English language training each week.

Why study in Burnaby?

With superior academic programs and modern facilities, all located within a city of vibrant green spaces, modern shopping malls, safe residential neighbourhoods, and state of the art public transit, choosing an education in Burnaby is the right choice.


Burnaby School District has one of the largest Advanced Placement (AP) programs in Canada.


Burnaby is located in the centre of Metro Vancouver. Its world-class SkyTrain public transit provides access to downtown Vancouver in just 30 minutes.


Burnaby schools feature modern facilities and state of the art technology.

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