Adult English as a Second Language (ESL)

REGISTRATION FOR SEPTEMBER CLASSES NOW OPEN!!!

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September 19, 2022 – July 28, 2023

Learn English, Discover your Future!

  • Classes are available In Person, Online from home, and Blended (mix of in person & online) 
  • Attend morning, afternoon, afterschool, night or anytime!
  • Live in Elgin, Oxford or Middlesex Counties? Online classes are an option.
  • Need a Chromebook? We can loan you one.
  • Check out special courses to:
    • Prepare for the Citizenship Test (self-guided online course) 
    • Prepare for IELTS Test (day or night online courses)
    • Beginner English classes for learners living in communities outside London  
    • Learn English to get a job 
 Go to the REGISTRATION section below and complete the registration form.

 

IMPORTANT   Course details, including schedule, duration, capacity, et cetera, are subject to change

Courses

General ESL-LINC courses are organized by:

  • CLB Levels. CLB stands for Canadian Language Benchmarks. CLB 1 is a beginner level. CLB 7 is a high intermediate level. For more information about CLB go to www.language.ca
  • Reading & Writing
  • Listening & Speaking
  • All Skills
  • Foundation Literacy
  • Focus on improving your English to do everyday tasks.
  • Higher CLB courses develop your skills for work and further education.
Specialized Courses

IELTS Preparation   Day and Night Online classes 

(Achieved CLB 6 or higher in all skills required)

This course is designed for students who must take the IELTS test for admission to college or university or to become recertified in their profession in Canada. Some of the aspects of the course include: developing test-taking skills and strategies; learning about expected essay formats and test-related tasks; practice in using academic level vocabulary; developing reading comprehension and listening /speaking skills and strategies for tests.

Go to the Registration section on this page to complete the Request to Register for Online Classes Form.

 

Citizenship Test Preparation  Online classes Anytime

(Achieved CLB 4 or higher in all skills required)

This course is online and self-directed. It helps you prepare for the citizenship test. You will work on your own computer to complete 12 units.  Learn more about Canada: its heritage and history; its government and systems; its geography and regions; your rights and responsibilities. You will receive a certificate of completion after completing all units.

Go to the Registration section on this page to complete the Citizenship Preparation Course Registration Form.

 

English Anytime  Online classes Anytime

(Achieved CLB 2 or higher in all skills required) 

Do you find it difficult to attend class regularly? Do you work different days and times? This course is for you! The online course is a mix of self-study and Google Meets with other learners and your instructor. The Meets will run at different times in the week so you can attend one or more to suit your work schedule. Course is set to address CLB 3-6.

Go to the Registration section on this page to complete the Request to Register for Online Classes Form.

 

Beginner English in the Counties   Blended classes   

(Foundation to CLB 2) 

Learners will meet in-person with the instructor at a community location once or twice
a week. The rest of the days the learners will be at home meeting/learning online with
instructor support. The in-person sessions will happen when learners can meet (in the
morning, or afternoon or evening). They will be located in any community where
learners live: Delaware, Woodstock, Dorchester, Strathroy, Ingersoll, St Thomas, etc.

Go to the Registration section on this page to complete the Request to Register for Online Classes Form.

 

Path2Work  On Hold

(Achieved CLB 4 or higher in all skills required) 

These are employment prep courses - Basic and Advanced. Most jobs expect you to deal with customers. It’s important to use appropriate English to serve customers. The Path2Work courses focus on Customer and Client Care English. Course activities involve hands-on learning tasks such as role-playing exercises, dialogue practice sessions and simulations of common on-the-job experiences. During the course, you will have one-on-one and group sessions to assist with job search with employment counsellors. 

Ministry has not yet approved funding for these courses

 

ESL4Work  On Hold

These courses are employment prep courses. Each course focuses on a specific work sector, exploring the sector-related language and cultural expectations of the Canadian workplace. Course activities involve hands-on learning tasks such as role-playing exercises, dialogue practice sessions and simulations of common on-the-job experiences. You will develop strong interviewing, networking and workplace communication skills. Each course has an online component. A work placement following the course offers you valuable Canadian work experience. You can also earn credits towards an OSSD if continuing to the 7-week co-op placement.

Ministry has not yet approved funding for these courses

 

Locations, Dates and Times

We offer ESL and LINC classes:

  • day, late afternoon, evening and Saturdays
  • at many locations in London
  • newcomers living in Oxford, Middlesex and Elgin counties can attend online classes 

View a list of our COURSES and TIMES.

View our a list of our LOCATIONS.

School Year Calendar
Eligibility

To qualify to attend ESL classes with TVDSB, you must be:

  • an adult age 18 years and older
  • Refugee Claimant or
  • Convention Refugee or
  • Permanent Resident or
  • Landed Immigrant or
  • CANADIAN CITIZEN who was a newcomer to Canada at some point in your life and English is not your first language
  • certain categories of Provincial nominee and temporary foreign worker
  • Live-In Caregiver
  • newcomer who has arrived under the CUAET Program
  • at ANY Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level

Once enrolled in any ESL class (morning, afternoon, afterschool, evening), students are expected to attend classes regularly.

 

To qualify to attend LINC classes with TVDSB, you must be:

  • a newcomer to Canada
  • an adult age 18 years and older
  • Convention Refugee or
  • Permanent Resident or
  • Landed Immigrant
  • newcomer who has arrived under the CUAET Program
  • at a Canadian Language Benchmark: Literacy level to Level 7

Once enrolled in a LINC class (morning, afternoon, after school), students are expected to attend classes regularly with an 80% attendance rate

Registration
  • 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 an up-to-date language assessment, please call the Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARS) at: 519-432-1133 ext 362 or visit their website.
  • You can register and join a class throughout the year

 

To Register: complete and submit one of the online forms below, email esl@tvdsb.ca or call the site where you want to attend.

 

Citizenship Preparation Course Registration Form 

ESL4Work & Path2Work Registration Form

Request to Register for  IN PERSON CLASSES Form

Request to Register for ONLINE CLASSES Form

 

Care for Your Children 
  • Licensed child care is accessible at or near some ESL sites. Space is limited and it is suggested that anyone interested should contact the provider. For a listing of child care providers in London, go to the Information London website.
  • An interactive website is available which allows parents to search for available childcare seats. Go to http://www.familyinfo.ca.
  • A fee is charged for this service. However, the City of London may be able to assist parents with child care costs. Ask at the child care site or go to www.london.ca and click on Residents and select Children.
  • Fees may be covered for learners in LINC Classes at Wheable.

Locations near ESL-LINC sites

  • Next door to the Wheable Center, the Chelsea Green Children's Centre operates a licensed child care for children 3 months to 5 years of age. Call for more information 519-433-4225.
  • Near Banting Annex, the Wilfred Jury Early Childhood Education Centre operates a licensed child care for children 30 months to 5 years of age. Call 519-471-1640.
  • Near the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, London Children's Connection operates a licensed child care at Rick Hansen Public School for children 30 months to 5 years of age. Call for more information 519-668-7093. 
  • Near the South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre, London Children's Connection operates a licensed child care at Ashley Oaks Public School for children 30 months to 5 years of age. Call for more information 519-680-2727. 

Care for Newcomer Children (CNC)

  • CNC is available at B. Davison and Banting Annex for learners enrolled in the LINC program.
  • CNC differs from childcare in that parents must remain on site at all times. There is no cost for this service.
  • To be eligible for LINC, the adult learner must be a convention refugee or landed immigrant/permanent resident.
  • Call CCLC LARS at 519-432-1133 ext 362 for more information.
Language Certificate for Citizenship

Do you need a language certificate to apply for Citizenship?

Fill out the Language Certificate Request form.

  • It will be sent to your home address by Canada Post. 
Contact Us 

For more information

Call: 519-452-2660 press 9-69715. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Emailesl@tvdsb.ca

 

ESL is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) 
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LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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