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Edmonton Catholic Schools

The Official and Second Languages Education Centre


The establishment of OL2EC pro​vides our students with new opportunities to discover, develop and appreciate the power of a second language in today's world.

How it Works

  • International Languages Proficiency provides our students with credentials that can be used to gain entrance to universities locally and abroad and will enhance future career opportunities.
  • The use of Language Portfolios provides the means for our students to accumulate evidence of their second language development. 

Goals of OL2EC

  • To offer internationally recognized certification to students registered in our second language programs;
  • To strengthen our French as a Second Language (FSL), English as a Second Language (ESL), and International Language programs by monitoring students’ progress through the use of qualitative and quantitative information and data;
  • To provide each student in a language program with a self assessment tool that captures their language development progress;
  • To provide new and exciting learning opportunities for our students that will encourage them to continue in a language program and to allow them to excel in language acquisition thus equipping them to better meet the challenges awaiting them globally;
  • To create and foster new international partnerships with other education entities in Alberta, across Canada and around the world; and
  • To use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and European Language Portfolio (ELP) as a basis for this work.


  • Council of Europe: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), European Language Portfolio
  • French National Ministry of Education
  • Centre international d’Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP) in Sèvres, France
  • Spain Ministry of Education
  • Instituto Cervantes, Calgary, Alberta
  • Cambridge University (ESOL Suite of Exams)
  • University of Lviv (Ukraine)

Contact Us

For further information, please contact the International Languages Consultant at Learning Services – Innovation (780-989-3000).