English courses in Kelowna Canada, learn English in Canada, School of English in Kelowna CanadaOur English language school in Kelowna is Canadian owned and operated and is the town’s oldest (est. 2002) and most trusted English as a Second Language school.

Our upscale campus is centrally located in the Towne Centre Fashion Mall within easy walking distance of attractions, entertainment venues, boutiques, restaurants, transportation and beaches. International Gateway Kelowna is a Cambridge testing venue.

It is not only a well respected school it is also a vibrant, friendly and exciting place to learn English. Students are encouraged to strive for excellence, immerse themselves in a new culture, enrich their minds, try new challenges and build bonds and memories that will last a lifetime.

Highly qualified teachers and staff are carefully chosen for their professionalism, integrity and exceptional customer service skills. The school's motto is "English for Life."

Our English language school is a member of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association and the Downtown Kelowna Business Association.

The Okanagan Valley is blessed with one of Canada's most temperate climates and receives over 310 days of sunshine per year. The area is a popular destination for Canadian and International visitors, alike. With a population of over 100,000, Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan Valley and one of the fastest growing in Canada. Kelowna is surrounded by picturesque Okanagan Lake.




Practical English as a second language (ESL)
Course 25h / Course 30h
5 or 6 lessons per day

English courses in Kelowna Canada, learn English in Canada, School of English in Kelowna CanadaThe main emphases of the Practical ESL program are communication and functional English for daily life. Practical ESL programs begin weekly for ages 16 and up. The minimum class size is 4, the average is 6 and the maximum is 12. Our school guarantees a very personalized, fast paced and dynamic approach to language learning. Students can enroll in executive, full or part time programs from 1-50 weeks.

Each student will be given a placement test on the first day of class to determine their level. Homework requirements vary with the level and with the elective but students can expect 30 minutes–1 hour of homework each day. There are weekly quizzes and tests.

AM lessons: Five levels of Practical ESL are offered from Beginner to Advanced which focus on the combined skills of reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking. Northstar, Headway and Canadian Concepts are the main textbooks.

PM lessons:
Students choose from a variety of afternoon electives depending on their level and interest. Conversation, Pronunciation, Canadian Culture, Cambridge, IELTS and TOEIC exam preparation are the most popular electives. Field trips are incorporated into some electives to reinforce 'real life' language practice.


Cambridge Exam Preparation
English courses in Kelowna Canada, learn English in Canada, School of English in Kelowna CanadaCambridge FCE, CAE exam preparation programs begin on select dates in January, March, April, June, July, September and October. Students can enroll for 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 weeks depending on the exam and the session.

Cambridge exams are the world's most popular certificates for learners of English. Each year they are taken by over 1.5 million people, in 135 countries. Students can use the certificates to gain entrance to a university or college, improve job prospects, satisfy immigration requirements and to measure progress in English.

Most Canadian universities accept Cambridge results for entrance to degree programs. Students can expect 1-2 hours of homework daily.

>> Our school in Kelowna is an official Cambridge testing venue.


TOEIC Exam Preparation
The TOEIC program begins weekly and students can enroll for 2-12 weeks. It includes a review of exam techniques, strategies and the study of sample exams. Teachers provide practice tests with feedback and error correction and diagnosis of weak points in English to help students improve their TOEIC scores.
Intermediate to Advanced level.


English courses in Kelowna Canada, learn English in Canada, School of English in Kelowna CanadaIELTS Exam Preparation
The course provides an overview of the IELTS general training and academic modules, test strategies and practice for the reading, writing, speaking and listening parts of the exams. The course is offered as an afternoon elective on select dates for 4 or 8 weeks. This is an ideal course for students with an Intermediate-Advanced level of English looking to become familiar with the tests, while increasing their confidence and chances of achieving an outstanding result! In Canada, the IELTS General Training exam is mainly used for non-academic training, work experience and immigration purposes while the Academic exam is used to gain entrance to higher education.
Lower Intermediate to Advanced level


High School Preparation
The High School Preparation program begins weekly for ages 11 to 18. Students enroll in Practical ESL or a Cambridge certificate for 12-50 weeks depending on their level. Upon completion of the Upper Intermediate level or Cambridge FCE students are ready to transfer to one of our partner high schools-Studio 9 and Aberdeen Hall. Studio 9 accepts international students in September and January for Grades 8 through 12. Aberdeen Hall accepts international students in September for Grades 7 through 10. IGK provides comprehensive home stay, guardianship and support for unaccompanied students throughout the duration of their ESL and high school programs.
All levels.


Family ESL and Holiday Program
Learn English and have a family holiday at the same time in Canada's premier resort destination!

English courses in Kelowna Canada, learn English in Canada, School of English in Kelowna CanadaAdults, teens and young learners take English classes in the morning either in separate classes or together as a family group. In the afternoon teens and juniors can join the scheduled activity program while adults continue with English classes or have free time to explore the city. Families may also wish to plan their own afternoon adventures. Welcome packs include maps and sightseeing information with suggestions for afternoon and weekend trips.

This program begins weekly from June to August for ages 8 and up and weekly year round for ages 12 and up.

Please note that the scheduled afternoon activity program for teens and younger learners is only available from June-September. Accommodation options include homestay, hotel, motel or hostel and daycare is available for ages 3-5.
All levels


Homestay with a Teacher
The Homestay with a Teacher program features 15 hours per week of individualized, self paced learning in the relaxed and friendly environment of a teacher's home. The daily schedule is mutually agreed upon between the teacher and the student. The lessons are customized to fit each student's special requirements, level and requests. This program can easily be combined with full or part time Practical ESL classes for a very intensive immersion or it can be booked separately. Homestay with a Teacher is an excellent program for Working Holiday Visa students due to the flexibility in the study schedule and the business and job search skills that can be incorporated into the lessons.
All levels.

Private Tutoring
One to one lessons in TOEIC, IELTS, LPI, CELBAN, TOEFL-iBT and Cambridge exam preparation as well as Conversation, Practical ESL, Business English, Accent Reduction and High School subjects.
All Levels.




English courses in Kelowna Canada, learn English in Canada, School of English in Kelowna CanadaThe Okanagan Valley is blessed with one of Canada's most temperate climates and receives over 310 days of sunshine per year. The area is a popular destination for Canadian and International visitors, alike.

Highlights of the region include azure blue lake waters, internationally acclaimed vineyards, championship golf courses, lush orchards and a healthy, semi-desert lifestyle. The Canadian Tourism Commission consistently rates the Okanagan Valley as Canada's premier golf destination, Japanese Newsweek Magazine lists Kelowna as one of the world's best places to retire and Frommer's Travel Guides ranks the Okanagan as one of the world's most alluring destinations.

Big White, Apex, Silver Star and Crystal Mountain Resorts offer skiing and snowboarding on near perfect 'champagne powder' from December to April. Big White is recognized by Luxury Travel Magazine as one of the world's 'TOP 5' ski resorts.

English courses in Kelowna Canada, learn English in Canada, School of English in Kelowna Canada

Summer (June-August Average temperature 30ºC)

  • Swim, boat, fish, parasail, suntan or just relax on 120km Okanagan Lake
  • Golf at one of the 20 nearby championship golf courses
  • Hike or bike the 600km Kettle Valley Railway / Trans Canada Trail

Autumn (September-November Average temperature 17ºC)

  • Experience the world famous International Wine Festival in October
  • Go on agricultural or harvest tours
  • Watch the W.H.L.’s Kelowna Rockets ice hockey team and the Okanagan Sun football team in action

Winter (December-February Average temperature 2ºC)

  • Ski, snowboard, snowshoe or snowmobile at nearby Big White, Apex, Silverstar or Crystal Mountain resorts
  • Surround yourself with the Christmas season. Check out events and festive lights around the city
  • Attend a musical, concert, live theatre production or indulge yourself with a spa treatment

English courses in Kelowna Canada, learn English in Canada, School of English in Kelowna CanadaSpring (March-May Average temperature 19ºC)

  • Try Horseback riding at a local ranch and take in a rodeo
  • Enjoy the beautiful spring blossoms and flowers at various parks, gardens and orchards
  • Visit a local museum, art gallery or craft exhibition





Living with a Canadian family is one of the best ways for students to practice their English skills while at the same time learning about Canadian culture and lifestyle.

Our host families are carefully screened, monitored and inspected on a regular basis for their ability to provide a safe, clean, caring and friendly living environment. They go through an intensive interview process and fill out a family profile prior to hosting students. Our host families have a strong interest in welcoming international visitors into their home and they all believe that hosting a student is an enriching and rewarding experience both for the family and also for the student. Our on site Homestay Coordinator customizes each placement with regards to special needs, requests, hobbies, family dynamics and personalities.

English courses in Kelowna Canada, learn English in Canada, School of English in Kelowna CanadaHomestay Options:Homestay Options
1. Single Room, Shared Bath and 3 meals per day.
2. Homestay with a Teacher Single Room, Shared Bath, 3 meals per day and 15 hours of Tutoring per week Monday-Friday.

All Homestay students have access to laundry, telephone and television service. Internet service may be available in the Homestay sometimes at an additional charge.

Single or double rooms with fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, laundry facilities, telephone and internet access.

Dormitory, shared or single rooms with shared a kitchen and shared bathrooms. No meals.

Hotel and B+B's
Wide range of hotel and B+B options for short or long term stays.
Rates vary with the season and the room type.

Other Services
Airport greeting and farewell service is provided by our staff or the homestay if requested.

Guardianship Service is provided by IGK staff and is a requirement for all unaccompanied students under Age 19. It includes 24-hour legal support, translation service, financial planning, emergency and medical care.

Medical Insurance - All students must have valid medical insurance during their entire stay in Canada. Please contact us if you require medical insurance.




Last update: 19/05/15

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