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English Classes for Adults in Durham Region

Durham Region is happy to offer English language classes to adult immigrants who do not speak English as a first language. In Durham Region the Durham District School Board and Durham Catholic District School Board offer part-time, full-time, evening or Saturday classes to improve your English. Classes are offered in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering.  Most classes have continuous enrollment – so you can begin any time!

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
ESL for children (elementary and secondary schools)
International Languages Programs for children
Enhanced Language Training (ELT) Program
English for Academic Purposes

ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for adults are funded by the Ontario Government and ranges from basic literacy to advanced English, including conversation, pronunciation and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Preparatory classes.  To qualify for these classes you must: 

Be 18 years of age or older

  • Be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Landed Immigrant or refugee claimant

Visit the following websites for more information: 

Oshawa & Pickering Classes

Durham Continuing Education
E. A. Lovell School
120 Centre Street South
Oshawa, ON L1H 4A3
905-440-4489 

Pickering Welcome Centre Immigrant Services
(beside the GO Train Station)
1400 Bayly Street, Unit 1
Pickering, ON L1W 3R2
 905-420-3600

Oshawa, Whitby & Ajax Classes

Durham Catholic Continuing Education         
Oshawa Campus (next to St. Gertrude Church)
692 King St East, Unit 7
Oshawa, ON L1H 1G5
905-683-7713

Durham Catholic Continuing Education
Ajax Campus 
Ajax Welcome Centre Immigrant  Services,
458 Fairall St Unit 5
Ajax, ON L1S 1R6

Durham Catholic Continuing Education 
Whitby Campus                                
1003 Giffard Street
Whitby, ON L1N 2S3
905-666-1255

LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) classes for adults are funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  There is no cost to take these classes.  To be eligible you must:

  • Be a permanent resident of Canada, or Convention refugee, or be a person in Canada whose application for Permanent Resident status is being processed in Canada and who has been informed by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada of the initial approval of your application subject to an admissibility assessment (this means you have approval-in-principle);
  • Be of legal school-leaving age within your province or territory (in Ontario, age 18); and
  • Take a language assessment test at a Language Assessment Centre, to figure out which level is right for you. Contact Durham LINC for a language assessment or call 1-855-330-8655.

You are not eligible for LINC if you are a:

  • Canadian citizen
  • Refugee claimant
  • Temporary resident (such as foreign student, foreign worker or visitor)

LINC offers both full- and part-time classes, with free child-minding while you attend classes. Students may be eligible for free child care and/or transportation assistance. For more information on LINC classes, locations and times contact:

LINC classes in Oshawa and Pickering

Durham Continuing Education
E.A. Lovell School
120 Centre Street South
Oshawa, ON L1H 4A3 

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services Pickering(beside the GO Train Station)
1400 Bayly Street, Unit 1
Pickering, ON L1W 3R2

LINC classes in Whitby and Ajax

Durham Catholic Continuing Education 
Ajax Campus 
Ajax Welcome Centre Immigrant  Services,
458 Fairall St., Unit 5
Ajax, ON L1S 1R6

Durham Catholic Continuing Education                                            
Whitby Campus
1003 Giffard Street
Whitby, ON L1N 2S3

ESL for children (elementary and secondary schools)

English as a Second Language classes are available for school age children from JK- Grade 12.  Please contact the school board to locate the school closest to your home and find out about ESL classes for your child. 

International Languages Programs for children

It is very important to speak English or French to be successful in Canada, but that does not mean that your home language and culture are not important. It does not mean that you should stop speaking your first language or that you should not teach that language to your children. Keeping a connection to your first language and culture can help you and your children feel confident in your identity and to appreciate different languages and cultures. In Durham these classes are available on Saturday mornings  and/or weeknights for 2 – 2.5 hours from September to June for elementary school age children (JK – Grade 8).

For more information on the language available and locations contact Durham Catholic Continuing Education  or Durham Continuing Education.  No previous knowledge is necessary so your child can learn a new language or continue to learn your family's first language.

English Language Training and Support

Durham Region has welcomed many immigrants whose first language is not English. There are many language training and upgrading programs available in the region to assist newcomers to settle and integrate into the community and to enhance their English communications skills.

Steps and information you need to know in order to enrol in English classes:

Step 1 - Have your English Assessed

Anyone who is interested in learning English and wishing to join a funded language training class such as LINC, ESL or ELT class must first complete a language assessment. Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, or LINC, is a program funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which offers free language training across the country for permanent residents and Convention refugees. Enhanced Language Training, or ELT, is a higher level employment focussed program designed to improve the English skills necessary for finding a job in Canada. English as a Second Language classes are funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and are available to Canadian citizens as well as refugee claimants and some foreign workers.

In Durham Region, The Centre for Education and Training delivers the only language assessment and referral services. The certified Canadian Language Benchmark assessors will evaluate your English skills using appropriate assessment tools to determine your English proficiency level. The assessment is valid for one year from the date of assessment and is accepted in all LINC/ELT/ESL programs in Ontario. Language assessors evaluate your language and training needs and refer you to the appropriate programs near your home according to your abilities, interests and needs. You need to call to make an appointment for this  assessment.

Contact TCET at: 1-855-330-8655 or visit us at: www.tcet.com/assessments.

Language Assessments are available at four locations in Durham:

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services Pickering (beside the GO Train Station)
1400 Bayly Street, Unit 1
Pickering, ON L1W 3R2
 
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services Ajax
458 Fairall Street
Ajax, ON

Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre
272 King Street East
Oshawa, ON

Whitby Catholic Continuing Education Centre
1003 Giffard Street
Whitby, ON

Other Language Training Programs

ELT Program

The Enhanced Language Training Program (ELT) is a free program funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and delivered by Durham Continuing Education. ELT provides advanced English training to internationally trained workers and an opportunity for the students to gain Canadian work experience through its internship/mentorship component. ELT is a mobile program that rotates between the following locations: Oshawa, Pickering and Ajax. It is delivered three times a year. To attend ELT, participants must be permanent residents, Convention refugees or protected persons.

Assistance with childcare and transportation is available for eligible students. To learn more about ELT please call 905.440.4488 or go to  www.dce.ca.

English for Academic Purposes

There are some post-secondary preparation programs offered at our colleges and universities in Durham Region. These are paid programs for newcomers who need to upgrade their English skills in order to enrol in college or university programs.  Durham College is currently running such a program.  The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) offers an English for Academic Purposes program through their partner Culture Works.

 

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