Types of language training programs for newcomers in Canada

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  3. 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
      • self-study
  4. 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:

    1. 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:
    2. Read the list of programs recommended by the Language Assessment Centre. Choose what fits your needs, schedule and learning style.
    3. 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.
    4. Register and join the class.

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