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Day School ESL - English as a Second Language

Office Hours

Please note that these are the office hours and not the hours for the program itself. Please see schedule section below for information on program hours.

Monday to Friday: All locations and offices - 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Evening Hours

Mountain Campus (150 East 5th St.): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday nights 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Please note that you cannot sign up for ESL on Monday nights.

Downtown Campus (45 Young St.): Tuesday & Thursday nights 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Stoney Creek Campus (60 Barlake): Monday & Wednesday nights 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

SPECIAL NOTE: All St. Charles offices will be closed after 12pm on Friday, November 17. Classes continue as scheduled.
Program Description

Program Description

Our adult ESL programs offer opportunities for newcomers to Canada to improve English language proficiency for work, life in Canada, or further studies. We offer English language instruction classes at all levels from Literacy to CLB 6. Enjoy the best quality of instruction, experience the Canadian culture, and make friends from all around the world.

More English classes

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- Specialized Training: Gain Canadian experience: ...
- ESL Credit: ...
- TOEFL Preparation: ...
- IELTS Preparation: ...

Who May Apply

Our adult ESL programs are for students who are 18 years-old or older, have immigrated to Canada, and have one of the following status: Landed Immigrant; Permanent Resident; Refugee Claimant; Convention Refugee; Canadian Citizen.

Visitors to Canada who are 18 years of age or older are welcome.

How To Register

If you are a current St. Charles ESL student, please contact the school's main office.

If you are a new student, please call the YMCA Immigrant Settlement Service at 905-526-8452 to book a language assessment. Then ask to attend one of our St Charles classes nearest to your home.

When coming to St. Charles for the first time, bring your immigration documents, the assessment and $10 consumable fee.

Schedule and Locations

Day Classes:
Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fall/Winter Session - September-June
Summer Session - July-1st week of August

Evening classes: Click this link: ...


Downtown Campus
770 Main Street East (East of Emerald)
Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1L1
Tel: 905-577-0555 press 8

Downtown Campus
45 Young Street (between John South and James South)
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1V1
Entrance and FREE Parking accessible from Augusta Street
Tel: 905-577-0555 press 6

Mountain Campus
150 East 5th Street (at Brucedale)
Hamilton, Ontario L9A 2Z8
FREE Parking accessible from Brucedale Avenue
Tel: 905-577-0555 Press 5, then Press 0

Stoney Creek Campus
60 Barlake (Violet & Centennial)
Stoney Creek, Ontario L8E 1G7
FREE Parking accessible from Barlake Avenue
Tel: 905-577-0555 press 7

Circle of Friends
Victoria Park Community Centre
155 Queen Street North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2V6
Tel: 905-529-1840


$10 consumable fee

Visitor Fees
For all visitors to Canada and Canadian-born citizens
Full Time (28 hours per week): $84 per week
Part Time (15 hours per week): $45 per week

Information for Visitors to Canada

Visitor Fees
For all visitors to Canada and Canadian-born citizens
Full Time (28 hours per week): $84 per week
Part Time (15 hours per week): $45 per week

Letter of Acceptance

If you need a letter of acceptance, please provide us this information for each student:

Telephone number:
Date of Birth:
Nearest Canadian Embassy Address, Telephone number, Fax number:
Name and address of who you will be staying with:

The fee will be $480.00 in cash. If the student is accepted into Canada, the fee will be applied to the visitor fees. If the student is not accepted, we will refund the $400.00 and the $80.00 will be kept back as administration fees

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Kamel Mahfoudia, a St. Charles ESL student, was featured in the May 8, 2017 edition of the Hamilton Spectator.

His new business, French Confection, was the focus of the article. Please pop on by for some yummy treats!

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Lubna Akram Saadallah is the artist and creator of these beautiful, traditional, Arabian designs. She is from Iraq and is a talented artist who works with many different art medians such as acrylics on canvas, painted handbags, painted glass and unique hand stitched clothing.
Lubna kindly brought her clothing designs to Marian Peter’s class to celebrate ESL Week.
Student models were chosen to showcase her lovely, wearable art!

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As ESL Extravaganza shows, “There’s no place like home” As ESL Extravaganza shows, “There’s no place like home”

As ESL Extravaganza shows, “There’s no place like home”

St. Charles’ ESL students may have “followed the yellow brick road” to Canada, but an ESL Extravaganza on November 6th showed “there’s no place like home.”

ESL students had a chance to share their culture and customs at an extravaganza that celebrated diversity through song and dance. This year’s “Wizard of Oz” theme was a statement about family, and home being where you make it. The gym was decorated with yellow bricks bearing the flags of the students’ native countries. Like Dorothy, many of the students had ventured to an unfamiliar yet welcoming place. And like the characters of Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow, they found the courage to begin a new life in Canada, the heart to embrace a new home, and the wisdom to pursue their studies and acquire new skills.

Indicating that Dorothy was integral to the characters removing the barriers to their happiness, TOEFL teacher Lily Pietra told the students, “We want to be your Dorothy.”

“St. Charles is here to guide you to the courage, strength, knowledge and heart that lie within you and put you on the right road in order to get there,” she said. “Don’t give up, don’t stop searching, hold your head up and stay on the path.”

The extravaganza kicked off with a cultural parade of students wearing costumes from around the world to a backdrop of “Born to Be Alive.” ESL student Elizabeth Almassy, a professional opera singer from Hungary, set the bar with her performance of “Over the Rainbow,” receiving a standing ovation from the audience of more than 600.

The show included other show-stopping numbers by Elisa Vasquez who performed a Peruvian dance, a Tibetan song by Tao Duan, bongo drums by Patrick Lualua, Kurdish dancing and singing, a flute solo by Reinaldo Blanco, and songs and dances from Congo, Nigeria, Jordan, Russia, Venezuela, China, Guinea and Hungary. Salsa dancer Jose Rios Ayala, a recent transplant from Columbia, drew a loud cheer from the Latin American members of the audience, who joined in the dance.

The show wrapped up with a lunch of pizza, cheese and vegetable, and cookies and desserts prepared by St. Charles chef training program students under the supervision of Chefs Vijay and Charlene.

Additional photos on Facebook: ...

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