English Classes - CILC

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Full-time Day Classes

Monday to Thursday from 9:15 am to 2:30 pm

English speaking, listening, reading, writing and pronunciation

 presented in a Canadian context

* New students tested and assigned to the class level that

suits them best 

* Very small classes of 15 or less

* Unique program: lessons are designed for the specific needs

of the students

* Professional teachers help each student

* Interesting special trips and activities

* Terms of 10 weeks make real progress


 Upcoming Terms

January 12 - March 19, 2015

April 13 - June 18, 2015

July 6 - September 10, 2015

October 13 - December 17, 2015



$30.00 non-refundable Registration Fee

Refugees, Immigrants & Citizens: $800.00

Visitors, Students & Workers: $1000.00

for 10 weeks of instruction

* fees subject to change *



Visitor friendly Worship Service at 10:00 am

ESL Bible Class at 11:30 am


Paid Evening Classes

* Program includes 60 hours of progressive instruction

 over 10 weeks

* Professional ESL teachers

* Fee just $425.00

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings

* Free parking available in the evenings



* A church program provides evening childcare

 for Grade 6 and under





Daytime ESL class is a 10-week full-time program which runs from Monday through Thursday from 9:15am to 2:30pm.

Two or three levels of English classes are offered, depending on number of students registered. Every applicant is required to take an assessment test. This test is usually scheduled one week before a new term starts. After you register with us, we will arrange a time for your test.

Click here to download the CILC Registration Form 

To Register:
Email: cilc@firstbaptistcalgary.net
Phone: 403-693-5548 or 403-263-5911 (Nada or Stephanie) 
Visit CILC at: 1311 - 4th Street S.W.  (Monday to Thursday from 9:00am - 3:30pm).



CILC Director

Alec Kerfoot worked in various aspects of engineering and management for over 25 years, including a time in Bolivia, where he experienced the challenges of living in a new country and learning a second language. In addition to this, he developed learning material and taught for 8 years at the college level in several job-related subjects including Communications. Most of his students were New Canadians from a variety of homelands.

Alec has been an active member of First Baptist Church for over 30 years, serving in numerous capacities ranging from church Moderator to Handyman, and often leads adult studies.

Alec and Carol retired from regular work in 2005, and now spend their time in several volunteer projects, outdoor recreation, and travel. They have a grown son and daughter, and a fine new grandson.



Daytime Coordinator / Teachers

Nada Ramsden (B.A., Cert Adult Learning, CTEFL) comes to us with a variety of work experience including geophysics, resourcing, pastoral work, and teaching of all ages from 2 years to adults. She became interested in ESL work while hosting Japanese students and has worked with children in Japan. Her work at CILC began the fall of 2004. If she’s not teaching in the afternoons you can find her doing administrative work in the CILC office. She enjoys working in the international community of CILC.  She is married with two adult children and likes hiking, gardening and reading.

Doreen Spurgeon (B.Ed, NA) has worked in the education and health fields and brings that diverse experience into her classroom. Doreen has taught in a variety of learning situations, including cross-culturally in Africa. She has been part of CILC since its beginning in 2002. Prior to teaching in the daytime classes, she gave direction to our evening children's program.



The support of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds has been important to the ESL Classes and learning opportunities offered by CILC. As you get to know these wonderful, caring people, you will improve your conversational and networking skills, as well as make new friendships.


CILC Special Trips and Speakers 

There are also special trips, speakers and workshops for specific skills, and community celebrations from time to time throughout the year. 




Contact Us




c/o First Baptist Church

1311 - 4th St. SW, Calgary, AB, T2R 0X9

Phone: (403) 693-5548 or (403) 263-5911

Email:   cilc@firstbaptistcalgary.net