Improving language skills

Language learning is an individual process. It involves developing skills, not knowledge. Improvement depends on many factors, which include:

  • Taking ownership of learning
  • Working hard and participating in the classroom
  • Attending classes regularly
  • Practicing actively outside the classroom
  • Ease in language learning (everyone learns at their own pace)
  • Willingness to learn
  • Interest in the English language

Taking full-time English classes at the RRC Language Training Centre will greatly benefit an EAL speaker. Instructors work with students to help them to gain the linguistic and cultural competence needed for academic success.  Students’ evaluation and promotion to a higher level is based on demonstrated progress in class. This means how well you can use English to communicate and comprehend effectively in all four language skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Keeping in mind that language learning is an individual process, the following table shows the estimated time it will take a student to become language-ready for academic programs at RRC:

IELTS iBT (TOEFL) CanTEST CLB Estimated length of time needed to study English (EAL) full-time
Below 5.0 Below 60 Below 3.0 CLB 3 – 4 12+ consecutive months
CLB 4 – 5 10 – 12 consecutive months
5.0 60 3.0 CLB 5 – 6 8 – 10 consecutive months
5.5 70 3.5 CLB 6 – 7 4 – 8 consecutive months
6.0 75 4.0 CLB 7 – 8 3 – 4 consecutive months
6.5 80 4.5 CLB 8 + Ready for entry into academic programs

After successful completion of language classes at the RRC Language Training Centre, most students will not have to write another English Language Proficiency (ELP) Test to fulfil their language proficiency requirements for their academic program at RRC. (There are a few exceptions, such as application to MRI and Spectroscopy, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical Radiologic Technology, Nursing, and Ultrasound – Diagnostic Medical Sonography.)