Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
Covid-19 Response and our Delivery of Services
Fall 2020: Language Training courses at Columbia will continue being delivered online in the fall of 2020 with a limited face to face available services. Using our computer labs, we will offer technology support along with language training to a number of our students who require additional assistance. Our highly trained LINC & ESL instructors are available on site to respond to the needs of our students at a limited capacity following a hybrid model of on line and face to face instruction.
With all Public Health measures and safety precautions in place, our staff and students will be able to work on site for a limited number of hours. We have worked diligently in the past few months to ensure we put in place every possible measure we need to ensure the safety of those who are coming in for available services. In the meantime, all of our classes are also delivered virtually using Microsoft Teams for those who would like to continue their studies on line.
Please contact our office at 403-235-9300 for any further inquiry.
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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 /(403) 235-9300 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 Yes