About Us

The Gastown International Language Academy is a boutique ESL School that is committed to and passionate about providing high quality education and services to international students from all over the world.

At our core, we believe that the best language learning and most rewarding life experiences happen when we combine students’ likes and needs with quality education, innovative instructional methodologies, strong community bonds and the preservation of our environment. We achieve this by:

  • integrating technology into the academic aims of each course;
  • offering an intimate, highly personalized, dynamic and culturally rich learning environment;
  • preserving our ecological environment by collectively minimizing our environmental footprints;
  • and creating strong bonds with members of the community through collaboration and cooperation.

At the heart of the GILA philosophy is collaboration, integration and preservation. We believe that by working as a group, integrating people, beliefs and technology and preserving the environment in which we carry out these functions, we are able to accomplish greater achievements and create both rewarding and memorable experiences for our students.

We offer intensive ESL programs, both part-time and full-time, in a small class size (maximum of 12) and completely immersive setting.

In addition to our academic programs, students are offered:

  • daily extracurricular activities
  • 24/7 support and emergency contact information
  • homestay, student residence and other accommodation options
  • airport pickup and drop off
  • insurance coverage in Canada and the US


AT GILA, we are enthusiastic about serving the needs of English Language Learners. We strive to empower individuals to communicate effectively in today’s increasingly global world; confidently, fluently and expertly in academic, professional and social settings through face-to-face, remote and written mediums with cultural appropriacy. We achieve this by putting our vision into practice.


We aim to be a highly progressive academy that combines innovative approaches to English Language Teaching, with enterprising Integration of Technology in a dynamic learning environment that values people and the environment.