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Professional English as a Second Language

Certificate of Completion

Program Code: 95411

Program Overview

The online Professional English as a Second Language certificate* incorporates exceptionally rich and interactive multimedia lessons that simulate a wide variety of business-related communication situations. Our online courses place a strong focus on comprehension, written and spoken expression, professional English vocabulary and grammar while incorporating interesting aspects from North American culture. We have enhanced our online language courses in a number of ways which go beyond traditional online learning environments.

Our virtual classroom allows you to drop in and speak face-to-face with your instructor or classmates, providing you with individualized attention and support. Our online courses further build a strong community of learners through online discussion forums in English. The courses will also provide you with a vast array of additional resources beyond the required course material.

*Offered in conjunction with Rosetta Stone®

Intensive Program

Students can now choose to complete English 1 & 2, 3 & 4 or 5 & 6 in the same semester. This stream will allow students to complete the Professional English as a Second Language certificate in one year rather than two when starting at Level 1. 

For students interested in the intensive program, you do not need to register and pay for both classes at the same time - you can register and pay for the second class when it begins.

Additional Information

English Language Placement Test

The placement test was designed to help you informally assess your English language proficiency to gain a better idea of which course to begin your English studies. If you have no previous English language experience, you are welcome to take the test but should register into English 1. The placement test focuses on knowledge of basic grammatical structures - it does not evaluate oral and written skills. The placement test contains 50 multiple choice questions. It is recommended that you take the test without the use of any study aids to obtain a more accurate result. Once the test is completed, your results will be emailed to you. Take the English Placement Test now.

Choosing your Program

The Everyday English as a Second Language Certificate and Professional English as a Second Language certificates share the same curriculum for Levels 1-3. Focus on professional communication and specialized business vocabulary occurs at Levels 4-6. However, you must complete at least Levels 5 and 6 to receive the Professional English as a Second Language certificate.

Online Program Highlights Include:

  • lessons provided in partnership with Rosetta Stone®
  • individualized language support from your professor
  • access to a variety of supplementary web-based language learning resources
  • online quizzes to test your knowledge and allow your professor to evaluate your progress
  • discussion boards to practise writing with your instructor and classmates
  • virtual office hours with your professor, hosted in our virtual classroom
  • conversation clubs for language practice with your classmates, hosted in our virtual classroom
  • final oral exam online


The lessons are an excellent learning tool because they use sight, writing, speaking, exercises and games, so every sense is challenged, and you don't get bored. I enhanced different parts of my language skills such as grammar, speech, reading and listening. In the virtual classroom, learners can talk to the teacher/instructor and to each other. The instructor is very personal and adjusts to your skill level. The virtual classroom allows learners to attend sessions from anywhere in the world. Overall, I enjoy learning with this program and would definitely recommend it!


The online languages course is convenient, flexible and easy to access at my own pace. The lessons are great for learning a second language. I can complete lessons during my lunch time, before I go to bed or on the weekends. If I have any questions, I send messages to the instructor who responds quickly. The virtual classroom is helpful for practising conversation, so I use it every chance I get.

Joanne H.

Note: Neither the Everyday nor the Professional English as a Second Language certificates qualify for General Education or Diploma Level English credit.



  • ENG 185: Professional English as a Second Language 5
  • ENG 186: Professional English as a Second Language 6


  • ENG 191: Everyday English as a Second Language 1
  • ENG 192: Everyday English as a Second Language 2
  • ENG 193: Everyday English as a Second Language 3
  • ENG 184: Professional English as a Second Language 4

How to Register

You are required to register for each individual course included in a CE program. You can register for a course by selecting it and following the instructions in the “How to Register” box.


Each CE program is comprised of a series of courses which may all have different fees. You are required to register for each course individually and pay the associated fees. Once you select the course, the fee is displayed in the “How to Register” box.

Contact Information

Humber Continuous Professional Learning Liberal Arts & Sciences
416.675.6622 ext. 4554

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Print/Download Date: March 28, 2023