Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
Covid-19 Response and our Delivery of Services
Columbia College has suspended all face to face language training classes in LINC and ESL Programs until further notice. The decision was made to adhere by the recommendations from Alberta Health authorities in March. We have recently been given permission to open up our facility to a limited number of students, therefore, we are working diligently to put all the required measures in place to be able to offer a few classes on site.
Currently, all of our LINC and ESL classes are offered using a distance delivery model. All of our students are connected to their virtual classes using the internet connection and a Learning Management System. The platform we use is a very user-friendly platform which enables students to use various ways to practice their language skills and improve their ability to function in English. Our virtual LINC and ESL classes use team meetings, discussion forums, assignments, projects and other innovative ways to enhance our students’ e-learning experience. Currently, a limited number of our students have access to our computer lab using technology at our location to access their virtual classes. Limited childcare is also available for these students.
September classes: LINC & ESL Programs at Columbia will be announcing their final plan for September classes in the coming weeks. We are currently putting adequate measures in place to ensure the safety of our staff and students who will be using our location to further their studies. Classes will continue on line until we have made all the modifications required by the Alberta Health authorities to be able to welcome our students back on site. Meanwhile, we will continue enrolling new students and will run our classes with full capacity using a distance learning model. Our courses will run according to the planned semester dates, offering both synchronous and asynchronous approaches to learning.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us and we will be happy to assist 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