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Program Description

The English Language Foundations (ELF) program provides English language upgrading for learners whose first language is not English. Students are placed into the program based on demonstrated proficiency in English, using the Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA). Most students use the ELF program as entry into SAIT career programs.

The ELF curriculum encourages development in all language areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

  • Five-level program
  • Six start dates per year (eight week terms)
  • Full and part-time studies; evening/weekend courses available
  • Intensive, skills-focused approach
  • Proficiency based placement and advancement
  • Completion of ELF 5 is accepted in lieu of English 30 for most programs at SAIT

Program Details

ELF is a 5-level program and each level has two courses: one in reading and writing (COMN), and the other in listening and speaking (SPCH).

Full-time Day Language Instruction:

  • Two courses per week for eight weeks 
  • 22 hours per week in class, Monday-Friday, plus 15-20 hours of homework 
  • Courses available in morning (8 am, 10 am) or afternoon (12 pm, 2 pm)

Part-time Instruction:


  • One course per week for eight weeks 
  • 11 hours per week in class, plus 7-10 hours of homework 
  • Morning or afternoon courses available 



  • One course per weekend for eight weeks 
  • Six hours on Saturday and Sunday (12 hours each weekend, includes 1-hour lunchbreak each day)
  • Online registration available

SAIT Polytechnic

English Language Foundations
1301 - 16th Avenue NW, Calgary AB T2M 0L4




Academic English/University Preparatory English, Business English, General English

Ready to Teach

Course Description

Ready to Teach (RTT) is designed to create a skills bridge for internationally educated post-secondary educators who wish to continue to their teaching careers. With Canada's push to recruit large numbers of post-graduate degree holders educated in professional and technical specializations, it has become important to develop an appropriate training vehicle to address both language and pedagogical aspects of development. The course takes an integrated approach and three broad areas of competency provide the framework for building language skills: 1) interacting with others; 2) comprehending and giving instructions; and 3) comprehending and sharing information.  The vision is to prepare participants to achieve social and economic integration commensurate with their skills. 

Credits: 0


  • CLBR 07 - Canadian Language Benchmark - Reading
  • CLBS 07 - Canadian Language Benchmark - Speech/Listening
  • CLBW 07 - Canadian Language Benchmark - Writing



On-campus (residence), Other

Student Inquiries

ELF Office
ELF Administrator