Adult English as a Second Language (ESL)

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NEW ESL4Work & PAth2Work Courses starting Feb 5 2024. Apply now!

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September 18, 2023 – June 21, 2024

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.
  • Live in Strathroy? Tell us what you want. Click here!
  • Need a Chromebook? We can loan you one.
  • Check out our special courses:
 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

Class for Beginners in Woodstock (In person)

A beginner class is offered at Blossom Park Adult Learning Centre in Woodstock Monday to Friday 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm. Classes will focus on English you need for every day. 

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

 

Class for Ukrainians   (Saturdays)

Each Saturday from September to June, a beginner class (10 am -12 pm) and an intermediate class (12 pm - 2:00 pm) runs from the London Ukrainian Centre. Classes will focus on English you need for every day. You can stay connected during the week via a Telegram group.

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

 

IELTS Preparation   Day and Night Online classes 

(Achieved CLB 6 minimum required in all skills ) 

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. Questions?

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 minimum required in all skills ) 

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. Classes start September, January, April & June

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

 

English Anytime  Online classes Anytime

(Achieved CLB 3 minimum required in all skills ) 

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 4-7. Questions?

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

Employment Preparation Courses

Path2Work - Customer & Client Care   

(Part 1: Achieved CLB 4 minimum required in all skills)

(Part II: Achieved CLB 5 minimum required, offers CLB PBLA progression in L/S/R/W and a 7-week COOP placement with the opportunity to earn OSSD credits)

This 18-week employment prep course covers entry-level employment language training for customer and client care with CLB PBLA progression in L/S/R/W. Course content includes customer service strategies, meeting customer and client expectations, workplace communication, basic IT skills, team-building and networking, ethical customer and client interactions, Canadian workplace culture, diversity in the workplace, applying for work, job applications, resume building, interview techniques, health and safety, and CPR/First Aid.

This is a blended course, some days in-person at Wheable, some days online.

Go to the Registration section on this page to complete the ESL4Work & Path2Work Registration Form.

 

ESL4Work as a Childcare Worker (Feb-Jun)

(Achieved CLB 5 minimum required in all skills) 

This 18-week employment prep course focuses on employment for the childcare sector. The course offers CLB PBLA progression in L/S/R/W and a 7-week COOP placement with the opportunity to earn OSSD credits. Course content covers child development and behaviour, workplace rules and regulations, pathways to becoming an ECE, roles and responsibilities, home daycare and childcare centre work, discipline, employment readiness skills, volunteering, WHMIS, health and safety, and CPR/First Aid.

This is a blended course, some days in-person at Wheable, some days online.

Go to the Registration section on this page to complete the ESL4Work & Path2Work Registration Form.

  

ESL4Work for Hairstyling   (Feb-Jun)

(Achieved CLB 5 minimum required in all skills) 

This 18-week employment prep course focuses on employment in the hairstyling industry. The course offers CLB PBLA progression in L/S/R/W and a 7-week COOP placement with the opportunity to earn OSSD credits. Course content includes an introduction to hairstyling, tools, products and services, customer service/salon business essentials, Canadian hairstyling and aesthetics, safety and hygiene, anatomy for hairstyling, and preparing for licensure and employment.

This is a blended course, some days in-person at Wheable, some days online.

Go to the Registration section on this page to complete the ESL4Work & Path2Work Registration Form.

 

ESL4Work for Healthcare   (Feb-Jun)

(Achieved CLB 5 minimum required in all skills) 

This 18-week employment prep course focuses on employment in the healthcare field.  The course offers CLB PBLA progression in L/S/R/W and a 7-week COOP placement with the opportunity to earn OSSD credits. Course content includes healthcare sector pathways, the Canadian healthcare system, anatomy and physiology, medical conditions and treatment, nutrition, well-being and prevention, patient care and rapport,  WHMIS, health and safety, and CPR/First Aid.

This is a blended course, some days in-person at Wheable, some days online.

Go to the Registration section on this page to complete the ESL4Work & Path2Work Registration Form.

 

Locations, Dates and Times

We offer ESL and LINC classes:

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

View a list of our COURSES and TIMES.

View our list of 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. 
 What do I do while waiting to get into a class?
  • Join a Conversation Circle. (provided by many of the settlement agencies at the libraries)
  • Try the free online app MANGO through the London library. 
  • Learn on your own with Mauril. It's a free digital platform provided by IRCC that you can access from any device. 
  • Participate in activities offered by a Settlement Agency. This will give you the opportunity to use your English.
Settlement Services
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

 

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Funded by: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada     LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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