There are many language programs for newcomers. Immigrant service provider organizations offer them for free.
Language Training options for newcomers to Canada, IRCC
Types of language training:
- Formal language training – Learn English through the LINC program or CLIC in French.
- Learn English or French while learning information to help you settle in the community.
- Do tasks that apply your language skills in everyday life.
- Enroll in LINC Home Study if you cannot attend face-to-face classes. It is fully online.
- Get formal feedback (CLB/NCLC certificate). Use the certificate as proof of language benchmark for applying for citizenship or to academic programs.
- Employment or job-related language training – Learn language skills to get a job or improve while at work. Newcomers learn:
- workplace communication skills
- words used on the job or in their specific profession
- interview practice
- how to communicate with people from different cultures and backgrounds in a professional environment
Examples of this program:
- Informal language training
- Done in informal settings. No structured lessons.
- No formal feedback or assessment.
- Enroll in this program to gain friends, improve your conversational and listening skills, and get settlement information.
- Activities include:
- conversation circles
- community events
- drop-in workshops
- discussion groups
- group study
- one-on-one learning
Read this list from MANSO: Informal Language Training programs in Winnipeg.
Language programs are flexible for newcomers. Attend full-time, part-time or during the day, in the evenings or on weekends. It can be in a classroom or online or a mix of both.
How to get into a language class:
- Get a language assessment. Know your Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level to find the right language program for your needs and skills. Assessment and referrals are free. Go to:
- Read the list of programs recommended by the Language Assessment Centre. Choose what fits your needs, schedule and learning style.
- Go to the website of the organization offering the course. Know the requirements to join. You can also visit, call or send them an email if you have questions.
- Register and join the class.
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