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LEX Program

What is the LEX Program?

At CCI-LEX, we are proud to offer a wide range of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adult learners. The LEX Program, also called The Learning Exchange, is a program for adult students who are living in Canada long term, and are landed immigrants, refugees, or naturalized citizens. Classes in the LEX Program are taught by volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. You can see the LEX Class Schedule and Prices here:

 LEX Program Schedule and Prices

Specialized Class:

Focus on your reading & writing skills for affordable price and with certified TESL instructor!

Reading & Writing Skills 

Reading & Writing class funded by ECALA.


Who is the LEX Program for?

The LEX Program is for adults who are 17 years or older and who have the following status:

  Permanent Residents

  Canadian Citizens


✘ Work Permit

✘ Visitor Visa

✘ Study Permit If you are in Canada with a Work Permit, Visitor Visa or Study Permit, check out our CCI Program.

Which skill levels is the LEX Program for?

The LEX Program offers English classes for two different levels of learners.

The LEX Program is for students who are at the following levels:

  Beginner Level

  Intermediate Level  

Advanced Level

Classes in the LEX Program range from Literacy to Canadian Language Benchmarks 1 to 6.

For more intensive or advanced level classes, check out our CCI Program.

What will I learn in a LEX class?

The LEX Program offers General ESL Classes to teach all the essential skills of English: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

We also offer specialized classes for extra speaking, writing or reading practice.

Besides simply learning English, we are passionate about teaching our students about Canadian culture and about Edmonton as a city. We organize many fun activities and field trips for our students to help them connect with the community in Edmonton.

Learn more about the CCI-LEX Student Life here.

When are classes in the LEX Program?

The LEX Program offers English classes on a part-time basis. LEX classes are taught at many different times throughout the day.

✔  Morning

✔  Afternoon

✔  Night

General ESL Classes are 4 days per week; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

At different times, we have extra classes for speaking, writing and reading. You can see the LEX  schedule and prices here.

When can I start classes in the LEX Program?

The classes in our LEX Program run on an ongoing basis, which is called continuous enrolment. This means that you can start classes right away – you don’t have to wait a few weeks or months for a new class to start on a specific date.

If there is space in the class you would like to join, you can start the next Monday. However, some levels of our classes are very popular and fill up quickly. If a specific class is full, this means there may be a waiting list for the class you would like to join.

How long is a term in the LEX Program?

One full term or session is about 5 months.

Students register for 4 week periods.  They can start or stop any time.  

How much does the LEX Program cost?


Registration Fee: $35

 There is a registration fee of $35, which covers the cost of creating a new student account for you.

This fee is a one-time fee, which means that you only pay it the first time you register as a student at CCI-LEX.

The only exception to this is if you a time period of 6 months or more has passes where the student has not been registered. In this case, the students will then be required to pay the registration fee again.

Class Fees: $25 to $35 for 4 weeks of study

When schools talk about fees, or the cost of a class, it is called tuition. Besides the one-time registration fee, our students also pay a fee, or tuition, for each class.

In the LEX Program, each class costs between $25 to $35 for 4 weeks of study, depending on the class.

Textbooks and Materials: The cost of the books and worksheets that we use are included in the class fees.

The Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Trade, Labour provides funding for the LEX Program, and it is for that reason that we are able to offer LEX classes at a very low price.

Who teaches the LEX Program?

LEX classes are taught by volunteers who receive training and support from our school. 

Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and include university students, business people and government workers. Click here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

You can read about our volunteer teachers, in Our Stories page.

How many students are in each class ? 

The maximum number of students in a LEX class is 16, but the average class has 10 to 12 students.

How can I start the LEX Program?

To get started, you will need to take a free Placement Test so that we can find out which class is the best fit for you.

To take your Placement Test, you will need to come to our school, which is in downtown Edmonton.


When can I take my Placement Test?

You may write your Placement Test as soon as you are ready. You do not need an appointment.

You can take the test in-person or online.

If you come to the school, please plan for up to 2 hours at CCI-LEX for the Placement Test and Registration.

Our Testing Hours

Monday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM