Professional English Language Development
BCIT's Professional English Language Development (PELD) courses help you improve your spoken and written English. Whether you need to upgrade your English skills in order to enter a BCIT program, are already a student and want to strengthen your skills, or simply interested in developing better English for work, we are here to help. Our courses cover a wide range of skills including oral fluency, reading, writing, presentation skills, and listening.
About the PELD program
PELD courses are currently tuition-free for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Refugees, and Live-in Caregivers. To register for our courses, you must come in person to the International Student Center (SW1-1170) at the Burnaby campus and bring proof of your immigration status/citizenship with one additional piece of photo identification. Please be mindful that online, telephone, or fax registration will not be accepted.
Important notice: Effective April 1, 2015, all students (including Canadian citizens and permanent residents) will be required to pay for our PELD courses; however, financial aid will be available for students. More information on how you can apply for funding. You may also print a copy of the application form. Please be sure to submit your forms no later than the first day of classes.
Registration for our PELD courses work on a first-come first-served basis only. We do not reserve seats for PELD students at any time. In addition, taking either the COMM 0015 or COMM 0033 assessments will not guarantee students a seat in the next available section(s). For example, if you choose to take the assessment(s) in August, we will not guarantee that you will find a seat in our courses that will begin in September. Therefore, we highly encourage students to register for our assessments and/or courses as early as possible (a couple of months before the course start date). Once the courses are full, we will not accept any more students.
Note: All students who are required to take the assessments are responsible for paying the test fees with no exceptions. The fees are also non-refundable but if students would like to reschedule their test date, they must pay a transfer fee and contact the Registration office at 604-434-1610 or visit them in person before the date and time of your original test date.
Our program will allow students 12 months to move from one level to the next. For example, if you finished COMM 0071 (level 1) in September, you will have until the following September of next year to register for COMM 0003 (level 2). If you do not register for the next level within 12 months of completing the course, you will be asked to retake the COMM 0015 and/or COMM 0033 assessments again or provide another valid IELTS, TOEFL, CLB, or English 12 score for re-placement.
Flexibility and convenience
PELD courses are offered part-time, so you can attend classes when it is most convenient for you. We offer classes on weekdays, weeknights, and weekends either at the Burnaby or Downtown campuses. All of our reading and writing courses consist of 84 hours in the classroom and take roughly 6-7 weeks to complete each level. Conversely, all of our speaking and listening courses consist of 45-50 hours in the classroom and takes roughly 5-15 weeks to complete each level depending on your course schedule.
The PELD courses are designed to:
- help new students who want to study at BCIT improve their language proficiency, familiarize with the culture of BCIT and the workplace, and meet the prerequisites for program entry
- improve current BCIT students' language proficiency and increase their familiarity with the culture of BCIT and the workplace
- help individuals who work in business, industry, or health to upgrade their language skills and proficiency