What are English Literacy Classes?

Literacy classes and English Literacy Development programs are for people who need to improve their basic reading and writing skills. Literacy classes are different because most "regular" Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes, or English as a Second Language (ESL) classes use basic literacy skills that these students may not have.

For example, if a student can read in his or her own language, then he/she can learn to read English. However if the student has not learned to read at all, that student might have problems learning in a regular LINC or ESL class.

Literacy classes are offered through local school boards, libraries, and community agencies. Eligible newcomers over 18-years old can ask about English Literacy classes when enrolling in LINC or other government-funded ESL classes. You can also visit www.settlement.org and look in the “services near me” to find a class in your community.

Your local school may also offer literacy classes for school-age students under 18 years older.

HIPPY Canada

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Pre–School Youngsters) Canada is a family literacy program funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development. HIPPY Canada helps newcomer families better understand Canadian language, life and culture in the comfort of their own home. It also helps them develop friendships and a sense of connectedness, and learn to access services in the community. To read more about HIPPY Canada click here.

Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES)

By working in partnership with other government departments, provincial governments and non-profit organizations, the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) is focused on improving the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians. It provides expertise, funding for innovative and dynamic projects and a wide range of learning tools and other resources.

Literacy and essential skills are the skills needed for work, learning and life. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change. To read about the nine literacy and essential skills and the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills click here.


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