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.

PELD courses are 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.

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.

Our goals

The PELD courses are designed to: