Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
Covid-19 Response and our Delivery of Services
Columbia College is suspending all face to face language training classes in LINC and ESL until further notice. The decision was made to adhere by the recommendations from Alberta Health authorities. Currently, our ESL students are communicating with their facilitators by email to finish their work/projects for the current semester, however, our administration is working diligently to address future possible needs in program delivery.
Accordingly, our staff and instructors in the language training department are preparing to adopt a distance delivery model that will enable us to continue support to our students in their learning. Some of the steps taken include:
- Reviewing best practices in ESL distance delivery
- Communicating with respective government officials about possibility of providing support to our learners in the coming months
- Discussing resources available on line
- Planning for a survey to be sent to our students to gather information about digital resources available at home
- Contacting our students to inform them of the plan to move forward and requesting feedback
The program will be announcing their final plan in the coming week(s) and inform our students about their participation. We appreciate everyone’s patience while we review this new model of training.
At this time, all LINC and ESL classes will be delivered to students through a distance learning model. Each course will continue to be scheduled in their regular semesters, and will be expected to be delivered in the same time period as face-to-face classes were. Classes may include (but are not limited to):
- Interactive webinars
- Discussion forums
- Group work
- Daily Tests
Daily Attendance and student progress on a continual basis is required for students who wish to continue to receive their funding each month.
Columbia College will continue to prepare to welcome you into our next intake in May 2020. Please note that in consideration of the direction provided by the Alberta Health Services at that time, the delivery method of the program may include distance learning activities for some or all of the courses. If you have questions about our May intake, please reach out to us as we look forward hearing from you.
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This program serves recent immigrants to Alberta by helping them learn the English language skills needed to live, find employment, and study in Canada. Students of different English proficiency levels can progress at their own rate, with the support of experienced ESL teachers. This program is also available to those individuals who have been in Canada for a while but need to improve their language skills to gain Canadian citizenship.
Students are assessed by Immigrant Language and Vocational Assessment-Referral Centre in Calgary (ILVARC). After assessment, students can contact Columbia College and arrange to come in for registration. If a student is changing schools, you should bring certification of Benchmarks at registration. Upon completion of LINC, students may continue their education in the English as a Second Language Program at Columbia College, or they may pursue their post-secondary education elsewhere, while some may choose to go directly to employment. Columbia College also offers many professional programs for students who have achieved CLB 7 & 8.
Limited daycare seats for newcomer children (ages 12 months to 5 years) are available.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
The main goal of the program:
- Acquire conversation skills needed in everyday life, improve reading/writing/listening/speaking skills and correct grammar and pronunciation.
- Assist students to learn about Canadian culture, jobs in Canada or prepare for further education by improving English language skills.
- Assist students with information they need about community resources available to them and how to access them.
- Introduce students to the use of computers.
- Full time classes are scheduled from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday to Thursday and 9:30 am – 12:00 pm on Friday
- Evening part time classes are scheduled Monday to Thursday 6:30 – 9:00 pm.
- Saturday part time classes are scheduled 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Attend for a minimum of 22.5 hours per week in order to be considered a full-time student.
- Attend for a minimum of 5 hours per week to be considered a part time student.
- We offer workshops on learning strategies and styles, resume writing, interview skills, and information on how to live and work in Canada.
- Progress measured by using the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs).
- Field trips to various community services are a part of LINC curriculum activities.
- Ongoing intake every Monday. This means you can start your classes at any time. If there is not a seat available, you will be placed on a waiting list and we will call you as soon as we have a seat for you.
- We offer Career and Employment Counselling workshops and resume writing information in our classes.
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- CLB Level 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
- Classes: Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing
- 18 years or older
- Permanent Resident or Individual with Refugee status
Canadian Citizens are not eligible.
Course List and Schedule
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Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada is made possible by the funding from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
There is continuous intake as space is available.
How to Register
- Go to Immigrant Services Calgary (ILVARC) to get a language assessment (CLB). To book an appointment for language assessment you need to call (403) 262-2656.
- Call 403-235-9300 / (587) 316-1576 or drop-in to find out about Columbia College’s LINC program.
- Register for classes at the College. Bring your landing papers. Help is available when filling out an application form.
- If there is a wait list, your name will be added and the College will call you as soon as a seat is available in the classroom.
- Lectures 1
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Certificate No
- Assessments Self