English Language Instruction
Language can be one of the larger hurdles in the settlement process. Without knowing the language, simple tasks such as asking for directions, shopping for food or finding employment are extremely difficult.
The Welcome Centres’ English Language Classes are instructor-led and supported by a computer language lab. Language skills training increases learning, social and employment opportunities. Command of the English language gives immigrants the confidence to venture out into the wider community and immerse themselves in the rich cultural and economic fabric of Durham Region.
Full Time English Language Classes
English Language Classes in the Welcome Centres help newcomers to Canada learn the English language skills essential to their social, economic and cultural integration. The full time program is available to adult newcomers at a range of levels from beginner to advanced (Literacy to Level 7). Students learn English quickly and have ample opportunity to speak and participate in communicative activities to strengthen their language skills. Program features include:
- English communication skills developed through reading, speaking, listening, grammar, and writing exercises;
- cultural excursions to places of interest and guest speakers from community support services;
- assistance in accessing resources in the community.
Part Time English Language Classes
The part time program is available in the evening or on Saturdays. A variety of classes cater to the needs of students in specific areas such as English Classes for Seniors, Classes for Conversational English, Citizenship Preparation, etc.
Enhanced Language Training (ELT) for Internationally-Trained Professionals
The ELT program assists internationally-trained professionals in reconnecting to their professions through eight weeks of in-class instruction and up to eight weeks of placement/mentorship in their field of expertise. (Where possible) The in-class component includes advanced English language upgrading, Canadian culture, job search workshops and resume preparation supports. To be eligible for the program, interested participants must meet the following criteria:
- Permanent Resident
- Convention Refugee
- CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) of 6 or above in listening, speaking, reading and writing
Child minding facilities and transportation allowance may be available to those who qualify.
For further information about ELT, please contact Durham Continuing Education at 120 Centre Street South, Oshawa, 905-436-3211/1-800-408-9619/www.dce.ca
For more information about English Language Instruction at the Welcome
Centre, call 1-877-761-1155 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org