Power English is the Sterling College general English program and its main focus is improving your fluency. You can study in this program part- or full-time. This is the right program for you if you want to:
Academic English is an intensive English program offering highly-trained and experienced instructors, rigorous ongoing evaluation, multiple levels and a focus on progress. Graduation from the highest levels of this program satisfies the English proficiency requirements of our Pathway Partners, making Academic English the first step on your Pathway to University. We use materials from the most common standardized tests including the University Cambridge suite of exams, TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS. You should take Academic English if you want to:
|POWER ENGLISH||ACADEMIC ENGLISH|
|Focus on conversation and user of everyday English||Focus on academic and workplace English|
|Emphasis on speaking and listening||Emphasis on reading, writing, expanded vocabulary and fluency in more formal situations|
|General interest materials/topics||Academic materials and topics|
|Weekly testing of course content||Testing of content and practice doing standardized tests|
Students can start on any Monday (excluding holidays). Students choose how long they want to stay in order to reach whatever English goal they might have. Our current average length of stay is 10 weeks.
|POWER ENGLISH||ACADEMIC ENGLISH|
|9am - 12pm||
|12pm - 1pm||Lunch|
|1pm - 3pm||
|3:15pm||Optional activity - 2-3 times per week||Optional activity - 2-3 times per week
Fridays: optional practice test for Academic English students (IELTS or another standardized test)
Proficiency levels are confirmed after a placement test on the first day.
|POWER ENGLISH||ACADEMIC ENGLISH||CLB||CEFR||IELTS||CAMBRIDGE SUITE||TOEFL|
|Level 3||AE 1||3/4||B1/B2||5-5.5||PET||54-72|
|Level 4||AE 2/3||5/6||B2/C1||6||FCE||72-92|
|Level 5||AE 3/4||6/7||C1||6.5||FCE/CAE||92-100|
|Level 6||AE 4||8+||C2||7+||CAE/CPE||100+|
All our instructors meet or exceed standards set by our accrediting organization, Languages Canada. They are experienced, well-trained, and they know how to make learning fun. Most of our staff speak a second language and have spent time living in another country—they understand how you feel as an international student in Canada!
In our Power English program, you can expect regular quizzes and testing as your progress through your level. Usually, a level takes 12 to 14 weeks to complete. To move up to the next level, at any point in your program you may request (or your teacher may suggest) a promotion. You will take a placement test and the combination of your result plus an assessment of your fluency by your teachers will determine whether you are ready for the next level.
Before leaving your home country, PAL gives you access to a placement test, an English course and a thorough orientation, online.
We offerCoffee & Conversation on Mondays and a range of sightseeing, cultural and sport activities twice per week. Check out our Upcoming Events page to find out what we have planned!
Get to know your classmates better with free coffee and a snack every morning before class.
Are you interested in private classes?
Sterling College offers custom one-on-one classes with high quality, experienced teachers. Focus on improving your chosen area of English: conversation, grammar, reading, writing, conversation, or test proficiency.
Semi-private classes are also available if friends want to study exclusively together.
Contact us to arrange private or semi-private classes, and we can get you started right away!