Hull Adult Education Centre

To Know is to Grow

All English courses count as credit toward a Quebec High School Diploma or post-secondary pre-requisites.

Adult Education English for Adult Learners

Welcome to English!

This is an Adult Education English program for adult students who are fluent in English. You will work one-on-one with your teachers so that you can master competency in the four communication skills -- speaking, listening, reading, and writing.


  • To be accepted into this English mother tongue program, you must first write a diagnostic test in reading comprehension and writing.
Please note:
If you are an English language learner who is not fluent in reading, listening, writing and speaking English as a mother tongue, you may be required to improve your English fluency in an English Second Language* course in order to successfully meet the language requirements of our English program.
Once accepted to the English mother tongue program, you will receive further in-class assessments in order to identify your strengths and gaps in English. On-going assessment and evaluation is given to you to help you successfully achieve your goals.
*We may offer evening ESL courses twice a week during the school year– but this depends on availability and numbers.


  • Successful completion of 6 credits in Secondary 4 and 6 credits in Secondary 5 are requirements for a secondary school diploma (D.E.S)


  • Through various real-life learning and evaluation situations (LES) offered in each course, you will work individually with your teacher as well as in small groups to build and demonstrate competency in the four English language communication skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening or viewing).
  • At the end of each course, you will write a final (2-hour) evaluation situation (ES) to demonstrate your competency in English communication skills.
  • Pass mark is 60% for each competency evaluated in the evaluation situation
  • The length of a course varies from 50 hours to 100 hours (including the 2–2.5 hour examination situation)
  • Classes are two-hours long, 5 days a week (20 hours a week).



English, Language of Instruction (ELI)

Common Core Basic Education (CCBE) 

(Literacy, Pre-Secondary, Cycle One)

Common Core Basic Education English courses target the acquisition and development of English language competencies through a wide variety of real-life situations.

These courses are designed for:

  • Students who require upgrading and remediation in fundamental English communication skills.
  • Depending on your needs, you may be placed in any or all of the following levels:
  • Literacy
  • Pre-Secondary (7 courses)
  • Cycle 1: Sec 1 and 2

The goals of CCBE Courses are to:

  • Build and upgrade your language competencies
  • Promote a sense of autonomy in exercising social roles
  • Allow you to achieve personal, intellectual and cultural fulfillment.

LITERACY courses

ENG B121-4 Discovering the World of Print (Language is used to communicate meaning, self-expression, and enjoyment related to their immediate environment).

ENG B122-4 Building Foundations (Language is used in real-life situations related to their immediate environment).

ENG B123-4 Satisfying Basic Needs (Language is used in real-life situations related to the basic necessities of everyday living).

ENG B124-4 Accessing Services (Language is used in real-life situations related to obtaining access to public services).

ENG B125-4 Leisure and Personal Interests (Language is used in real-life situations related to leisure time and activities).

ENG B126-4 Community Life (Language used is related to participating in community life).


ENG P101-4 Opening Doors (100 hrs) Language used for the essentials of daily life.

ENG P102-4 Everyday Living (100 hrs) Language used in everyday home life and language to keep informed about daily news.

ENG P103-4 Taking Charge (110 hours) Language used to attend to basic health needs and language to deal with common emergency situations.

ENG P104-4 Discovery and Challenges (100 hours) Language used to discover Quebec and Canada and their multicultural character.

ENG P105-4 Stepping Out (100 hrs) Language used to explore employment and education options.

ENG P106-4 Lifestyle Options (100 hrs) Language used to explore healthy lifestyles and consumer transactions.

ENG P107-4 Engagement and Involvement (100 hrs) Language used to fulfill civic and social duties in the community

CYCLE ONE courses (Sec 1 and 2)

ENG 1101-4 (100 hrs.) Informed Choices (Language used to be informed about different current issues in the media).

ENG 1102-2 (50 hrs.) Enjoyment and Entertainment I (Language used to explore Quebec and Canadian cultural expression).

ENG 2101-2 (50 hrs.) Enjoyment and Entertainment II (Language used to explore and appreciate the creative potential of language).

ENG 2102-4 (100 hrs.) Rights & Responsibilities (Language used to explore legal rights and responsibilities in Quebec and Canada).

English Language Arts (ELA):

Secondary English for Adult Learners (SEAL)

Diversified Basic Education English (DBE)

Cycle 2: Secondary 3, *Secondary 4 and Secondary 5

*Credits for the Secondary School Diploma start at Sec 4.

These DBE courses provide you, as an adult learner, many opportunities to practice and apply the English language competencies you may need to lead a successful and productive life in our 21st century society.

Aims are for you to: 

 ~ Construct a world-view

~ Construct your own identity

~ Empower your lives.

Enrichment and Extracurricular Activities

Our English Department actively encourages students to read, express, write, think, listen and speak creatively, dynamically, and purposefully outside the English classroom!

You will have the opportunity to attend plays at the National Arts Centre as part of the requirements of the English program.

You are encouraged to get involved in school media and drama productions, talent shows, poetry cafés, multicultural events, and Student Council activities as a way of honing your written and verbal skills in social, political, creative, and interpersonal situations.

In the past, students have enjoyed working with various community arts groups in literary projects such as publishing photo stories, and writing and acting in radio plays.

This year, you are invited to participate in a HAEC Video News club, Poetry Cafés, drama and talent shows….Stay tuned!