ESL Summer School July 2 – August 9

Available ONLY at St. Mary’s Campus


If you wish to improve your English NOW, register ANYTIME for English Language Classes offered mornings, afternoons, evenings and Saturdays.  If you are looking for summer programs for your child, visit any of the other Summer Program webpages to find one that suits your children’s interests and needs.

Summer ESL Classes

Don’t stop learning English!  It is okay to take a break over the summer, but the longer you are away from class, the harder it is to remember what you have learned.

Students learning English at ALL CLB levels can attend classes in the morning, afternoon and evening!

The following are the tentative times for 2019:

  • Morning (8:30am-11:30am), Monday to Friday
  • Early afternoon (12:00pm-2:30pm), Monday to Friday
  • Evening (6:30pm-9:00pm), Monday and Wednesday

Daytime classes for CLB 3 or higher can focus on Reading/Writing, Listening/Speaking or specialty classes.

Computers and Technology are everywhere!  You need them in work, at school, to sign up for recreation programs, to communicate with friends and family around the world and in so many other ways!  If you know a little bit about using computers or nothing at all, take this ESL Computers class to find out different ways technology will help you improve your English, find better work, further your education or help you in everyday life.

Offered to students CLB 2+ — to be confirmed for 2019

Usually July ONLY, 4 weeks —  to be confirmed for 2019

Tentative: Monday-Friday, 12:00pm-2:30pm

July 3- Aug 10 —  to be confirmed for 2019

Tentative: Monday to Friday, 8:30am-11:30am

If you are planning to apply for Canadian Citizenship, begin by taking a preparation class and then apply. There is only a short time between applying and writing the test.

St. Louis’ Citizenship Preparation program covers three key components in 9 sessions (July 2-12 —  to be confirmed for 2019):

  1. Citizenship test topics are: Geography, History, Government, Voting, Rights & Responsibilities
  2. Test content and strategies to succeed!
  3. Citizenship practice test opportunities. Students who took the class and wrote the test received a 90% pass rate!

Offered to students CLB 4+

Monday -Friday (July 2-13) — no class on July 1 for Canada Day holiday —  to be confirmed for 2019

Tentative: 12:00pm-2:30 pm

$10 Fee

Reading and Writing

Offered to students CLB 3 to CLB 7 —  to be confirmed for 2019

Tentative: Monday – Friday, 8:30am-11:30am

Listening and Speaking

Offered to students CLB 3 to CLB 7 —  to be confirmed for 2019

Tentative: Monday – Friday, 12:00pm-2:30pm

Summer ESL Details

July 2 – August 9, 2018

(closed July 1 for Canada Holiday and August 5 for Civic Holiday)

Monday to Friday

8:30am – 11:30am
12:00pm – 2:30pm

Monday and Wednesday Evenings (July ONLY)

6:30pm -9:00pm

To qualify to attend ESL classes at St. Louis, you must be

  • an Adult (age 18 years and older)
  • Convention Refugee or
  • Permanent Resident or
  • Landed Immigrant or
  • CANADIAN CITIZEN who was a newcomer to Canada at some point in your life and English is not your first language
  • Visitor to Canada (additional fees apply)
  • at ANY Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level

Once enrolled in one or more Summer ESL classes, students are expected to attend classes regularly.

One-time Summer Materials Fee: $5

**Visitors Fees:

  • Assessment: $60
  • Materials Fee: $40
  • Hourly Rate:  $7/hour (paid in full for summer, in advance)

Attention Visitors wanting to take ESL classes: Please call an ESL office 519-745-1201 to book a language assessment. Bring Passport and Visa information, plus $60 assessment fee.

Step 1: Contact the YMCA Language Assessment Centre – 519-579-9622 (Kitchener) / 519-621-1621 (Cambridge).  They will book an appointment and tell you what documents to bring. (Visitors to Canada, contact St. Louis at 519-745-1201 directly)

Step 2: Have your English language skills assessed for FREE. They will tell you what your CLB benchmark numbers are and find an English class that’s right for you.

Step 3: Visit any St. Louis campus during office hours beginning May 22, 2019,  Monday – Friday, 8:15am – 12:15pm.

If you are a NEW ESL student and want to register for ESL Summer School, please bring the following to the St. Louis office:

  • Personal documents as identification

Completed language assessment from the YMCA. If you had a language assessment in the last year, while living in a different community in Ontario, please bring that completed language assessment. (If you have not had an initial assessment or have moved from another province, please see Step 1

Office Hours to Register (by location):

St. Louis – St. Mary’s Campus, 77 Young Street, Kitchener

OPENS MAY 22, 2019

  • Mon to Friday, 8:30am – 12:30pm

St. Louis – St. Francis Campus, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener

OPENS MAY 22, 2019

St. Louis – Emmanuel Campus, 22 Bridgeport Rd W., Waterloo

OPENS MAY 22, 2019

St. Louis – St. Benedict Campus, 50 Saginaw, Cambridge (behind St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School off of Green Vista Drive) SPEAK WITH ESL INSTRUCTOR about Summer registration.

Are you visiting Canada this Summer and would like to improve your English?  We offer morning, afternoon AND evening classes over a 6 week period this Summer.  If you take advantage of all three class options and have perfect attendance, you will have completed 200 hours of English Language Instruction.

If you are a Visitor to Canada, the assessment process and fees are a bit different for you.

Step 1: Contact the YMCA Language Assessment Centre first– 519-579-9622 (Kitchener) / 519-621-1621 (Cambridge).  They will determine if you are eligible for a free language assessment.

Step 2: If you are not eligible for an assessment with the YMCA, contact a St. Louis ESL office Mon – Fri 8:30am-12:30pm to book an assessment appointment.

Step 3:  Bring all VISA and Passport information plus $60 assessment fee. Have your language assessed at St. Louis. You will learn what your CLB benchmark numbers are and we will find an English class that’s right for you.

Step 4: Register for ESL class. Pay Materials Fee: $40 + Hourly Rate:  $7 per hour (paid for the whole month in advance)

Step 5: Attend classes  (from July 2- August 9, 2018)

Visitor Assessment Fee = $60

Materials and instructional fees = $40

Hourly rate: $7/hour (paid for whole summer in advance)

For More Information:

Call: 519-745-1201 x229