There are a number of high-quality English classes and programs available to you through community colleges, school boards, and community agencies that help newcomers to Canada to develop the English language skills that are essential for their integration into Canadian society.
All classes and programs are delivered to you in a friendly, supportive environment with experienced, professional teachers. In addition to Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) and English as a Second Language (ESL), some of the classes available to you include computer-assisted language programs, job-specific English language training, conversational classes, and business English.
Many of the following classes and programs are available to you through your local school board, community agency, library or community college. Visit the Resources Section to find a location in your community and click on their website to read more about the programs that are available to you. You can also visit www.settlement.org or www.ontarioimmigration.ca to read more about English language classes and training programs.
In Bilingual English classes, instructors speak English and the same first language as the students. Students who have difficulty understanding what is being taught in English can attend these classes to prepare themselves for regular English classes.
English Conversation classes are designed for intermediate English levels and above. Conversation classes are ideal for those students wishing to develop fluency in English and public speaking skills. Students participate in a variety of spoken activities such as oral reports, debates and effective speaking.
There are also advanced-level English Conversation classes that focus on high level skills such as conversation management, advanced telephone skills, interview skills pronunciation practice, and other activities that will help prepare individuals for an upcoming English language test, or for employment.
English for Business Skills and Computer classes focus on language skills for success in the workplace. A variety of programs are offered in business communication, including English classes for accounting and computers and job search.
English Grammar in Conversation classes help students develop a firm understanding of the manner in which English grammar is used in real life situations. Through individual, pair, and group work, students become familiar with sentence structure and grammar rules, and also gain confidence in utilizing these skills in their job search and other important aspects of their daily life.
Effective English Conversation and Writing classes are ideal for individuals who are already able to communicate in English at a conversational level, to develop a solid foundation of grammar for everyday writing. Through in-class instruction and activities, students expand their vocabulary and speaking ability and gain the ability to function effectively in real life situations.
English for Special Needs classes are available for individuals with emotional and/or mental health needs.
Language and Cultural Experience programs are ideal for individuals interested in participating in an intensive and interesting language learning experience. Excursions to cultural sites and special events provide students with an unique opportunity to practice their English language skills, as well as develop an understanding of the enriching nature of Ontario's cultural diversity, by interacting with people from various cultural, artistic, and business backgrounds.
Specialized English Instruction for Internationally Trained Professionals and tradespersons, help newcomers to transition more quickly into the Canadian labour market, by offering training that addresses their specific employment and language needs. There are many programs available through your local school boards, libraries, and community agencies, including Workplace Culture and Conversation classes; English in the Workplace, and Pronunciation for Employment.
Individuals who attend English in the Workplace classes learn language usage for job search and interviews; vocabulary, idioms and expressions for workplace communication; methods of business communication such as memorandums, reports, and letters; presentation skills; and corporate culture, styles, and attitudes.
English Workplace Culture and Conversation classes help students, already able to communicate in English at a conversational level, to develop the oral communication skills that are necessary in the Canadian business environment.
Pronunciation for Employment Preparation classes help students to improve the clarity of their spoken English. Students focus on English sounds, stress patterns, and intonation, and gain confidence in their speaking abilities.
English test preparation programs help you learn the strategies and patterns that will help you improve your chances of success with English language proficiency exams you may need to take, such as the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). The results of these tests are used to evaluate the level of English proficiency.
English test preparation programs are offered at many community colleges, school boards, community agencies and libraries. Visit the Resources Section (link) to find a location in your community and click on their website to read more about the programs that are available to you. You can also visit www.settlement.org or www.ontarioimmigration.ca read more about English language classes and training programs.
The Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) is a test that consists of multiple choice questions on English, Mathematics, and Science, that determines equivalence to Canadian education from grades 1 to 12 for people seeking apprenticeship. The CAAT is a requisite for employment or promotion by some trade unions or employers.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation program assists individuals in achieving their academic or professional goals by helping them to develop the skills necessary to achieve a score of 600 or more on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This course is useful for internationally trained professionals who are planning to re-qualify in their profession in Canada, or for individuals interested in attending secondary school, college, or university.
TOEFL is an examination that evaluates the English proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English. Many government agencies, scholarship programs, and licensing/certification agencies use TOEFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.
The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) preparation program helps students to prepare for the TOEIC test, the world's leading test of English language proficiency in a workplace setting. The TOEIC test measures the everyday English skills of individuals working in an international environment.
Students attending the preparation program expand their vocabulary of English in the workplace; prepare for the reading and listening components of the test using various texts; and practice workplace vocabulary and terminology.