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English as a Second Language/Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

About ESL and LINC:

The Continuing Education Department offers English as a Second Language (ESL) and Language Instruction to Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes for adults. Classes are offered from pre-literacy to advanced levels.

Registration Information:

Please use the following form to register for ESL and LINC Classes. You will be contacted when space becomes available: https://forms.gle/7GXjVEyisxvD4WYk6.

Specialized Class Information:

Please note: Class dates, times and locations are subject to change due to COVID-19. 

Class

Date, Time, Location

Class Information

Preparing for the Citizenship Test

Online only

Monday to Friday

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

What you will learn:

  • Vocabulary to help you pass the citizenship test
  • About history, elections, government and more
  • Strategies to improve your language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Online only

Monday to Friday

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

What you will learn:

  • Note taking
  • Summarizing
  • Grammar & vocabulary
  • Writing and speaking strategies
  • Critical thinking skills

Academic Test Preparation (IELTS+)

Not offered at this time.

Day School:
Monday to Friday,
12:30pm - 3:30pm

Night School:
Monday & Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm - 9:00pm


Albert Street Education Centre, 440 Albert Street

What you will learn:

  • Useful test-taking strategies and skills for IELTS and other standardized tests
  • Develop your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
  • Receive feedback from an instructor on performance as well as tips on how to improve your IELTS scores

ESL CLB 5+ Preparation for Adult High School or the Workplace


Online only

Monday to Friday

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

What you will learn:

  • English language and skills to succeed in high school or the workplace

Pathway to Education & Employment

Not Offered at this time.

Monday to Friday

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

What you will learn:

  • This course is for students with specific goals for further education or employment.

Workplace English

Online only

Monday to Friday

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

  • Albert Street Education Centre, 440 Albert Street
  • Bayshore Public School, 145 Woodridge Crescent

What you will learn:

  • Communication strategies
  • Workplace culture
  • Professional writing
  • Team work
  • Negotiating and meetings
  • Conflict resolution
  • Job search skills and more

ESL for Active Living (55+)

Online and In person

Monday to Friday

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Albert Street Education Centre, 440 Albert Street

What you will learn:

  • Strategies for staying physically fit
  • Active living and how to stay healthy
  • Volunteering and other community services for seniors
  • Practice English

Reading and Writing Workshop

Online only

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

You will:

  • Improve your reading & writing skills to help you reach your goals
  • Improve your spelling and grammar for every day use such as basic email, note writing, working with forms and more

Listening and Speaking Workshop

Online only

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to help you reach your goals
  • Enrich your vocabulary for everyday use
  • Improve your pronunciation

Saturday Pronunciation Class

Online only

Saturday

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Albert Street Education Centre, 440 Albert Street

You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to help you reach your goals
  • Enrich your vocabulary for everyday use
  • Improve your pronunciation

ESL for the Trades

On a Waitlist

Days and times for this class are to be determined.

  • Albert Street Education Centre, 440 Albert Street

You will improve your English and learn about:

  • Vocabulary about trades occupations, tools and equipment
  • Orientation to the trades industry including unions, apprenticeship, labour laws and workers rights
  • Preparing to find employment or continuing your education

ESL Night School

Online only

Monday and Wednesday

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to help you reach your goals
  • Enrich your vocabulary for everyday use
  • Improve your pronunciation

Eligibility for ESL/LINC:

  • To register for ESL or LINC (both online and in person classes), you must have an up-to-date language assessment or have attended LINC or ESL classes in the past 2 years.
    (If you do not have a current language assessment, please call the YMCA/YWCA Language Assessment and Referral Centres. West Location: 613-688-2150, Central Location: 613-238-5462 or click here for more information)
  • To register for ESL or LINC, you must have the following:
    - Immigration documents
    - Proof of Ontario address
    - A progress report from a LINC or ESL class (current students only)

Class Fees and Eligibility for Free ESL and LINC Language Classes

  • If you are a 1) Permanent Resident, 2) Refugee Claimant, or 3) Canadian Citizen, you may be eligible to take free language classes. (Please note: there is a $15 material fee for ESL classes).
  • You are required to pay full fees for the ESL program if you are in Canada with any of the following: 1) Work Visa, 2) Student Visa, 3) Visitor Visa, 4) Diplomat, 5) Cleric. (Please contact esl@ocdsb.ca for a fee schedule).

Eligibility for Free child care

  • Free child care is available for eligible families. You must have the following to register: 1) your child’s immunization records 2) proof of income (ESL students only), and 3) Ontario Works Case ID (if applicable). Please contact esl@ocdsb.ca for more information.

For any questions, please email esl@ocdsb.ca or call us at 613-239-2737 and leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

 

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