English as a Second Language


Program Information

The Lambton Institute of English is operated by Lambton College, a public, not-for-profit Ontario post-secondary institution that provides high quality academic training in English as a Second Language (ESL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). This Board of Governors certificate program is designed for full-time students who need to improve their English language skills for post-secondary study. The program is divided into two categories. English as a Second Language (ESL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The former focuses on establishing a strong foundation in the four skills of speaking, reading, writing and listening in levels elementary and intermediate. The latter focuses on using these four skills for academic purposes. 

Level CEFRCategory
Level 1      ElementaryA2     ESL
Level 2IntermediateB1ESL
Level 3High-Intermediate     B2EAP

Following the completion of this Board of Governors certificate program, students are eligible for entry into an academic diploma or post-graduate program. 

Entry into the Elementary Level requires a minimum score of 20 points on the Oxford Online Placement Test, which is the equivalent to the CEFR A2.

If interested in taking the Oxford Online Placement Test, please contact your agent or email info@instituteofenglish.com.

International students are eligible to enter the ESL or EAP program and have a conditional acceptance to an academic program. Short-term specialized or institutional charter programs are also available. Please contact info@instituteofenglish.com for further details.

As a Lambton College student, you will receive outstanding services such as an intensive new student orientation and access to all campus facilities. For additional services, please go to Arriving in Canada.


A Languages Canada Accredited Program

Device Requirements

This program recommends a laptop.

See full device requirements.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma
Be enrolled in a high school to college program
Be a mature student 

Employment Opportunities

This program is designed to improve English proficiency and academic skills to allow international students to proceed successfully to Lambton College or undergraduate university studies.

Any questions or inquiries please email:


For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

905-890-7833 x 222
Sarnia/Main Campus

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