Quick facts

Service type: Newcomer
Eligibility: Newcomers to Canada (age 18+) and their families (IRCC eligible clients, Permanent Residents, Protected Persons and Convention Refugees)
Delivery: Currently, all English Language classes are being offered virtually. This information will be updated once in-person programming resumes.
Fee: Free
Program dates: Year-round (closed August 1 – September 12)

Program description

WoodGreen offers several English language lesson options for newcomers. Beginner to advanced level classes run at various times, including evenings and weekends. English Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is designed to improve general English literacy and to help newcomers settle in Canada, expand employment opportunities and access government and community resources. We also provide child care during class and support with transportation expenses to in-person sessions. Qualified clients will receive English Language certification for their citizenship test.

 

Internationally Trained Professionals might qualify for Enhanced Language Training (ELT), which includes sector-specific English language lessons, career mentorship and targeted employment resources.

 

Find out which of WoodGreen’s English Language Services is right for you. Scroll down for more details about WoodGreen’s English Language Services.

Supporting resources

Language instruction for newcomers to Canada (LINC)

English LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Taught by professional ESL instructors, LINC classes are designed to improve basic English literacy and conversation skills for daily tasks like shopping, banking and talking with friends. We offer beginner to advanced level classes at multiple times, including evenings and weekends. Qualified clients will receive English Language certification for their citizenship test. For more details about LINC, including class schedules, download this resource. For additional questions, please contact newcomerinfo@woodgreen.org.

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Enhanced language training (ELT)

Internationally Trained Professionals might qualify for ELT, offered in partnership with English Language and Employment Services at WoodGreen. This program offers streams for two sectors: Finance and Accounting (full time), and Office Administration/Customer Service (part time). Both programs include sessions on Canadian workplace culture and soft skills, career mentorship, access to additional online training and job search support. Certificates are awarded upon completion. For more details about ELT, including class schedules, download this resource. For additional questions, please contact Program Assistant Fanny Pun at fpun@woodgreen.org, or Samantha Chochla at schochla@woodgreen.org.

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Care for newcomer children

Care for newcomer children is available for participating parents during LINC and ELT classes. Qualified Early Childhood Educators offer individual and interactive activities for children (19 months – 12 years), designed to develop literacy and communication skills. Currently, children’s activities are being offered online. For more details about care for newcomer children, download this resource. For additional questions, please contact Administrative Assistant Lei Zhao at lzhao@woodgreen.org.

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How you can help

To volunteer as a guest speaker or inquire about other volunteer opportunities, please contact Anya Sousa at asousa@woodgreen.org. Donations are graciously accepted through the WoodGreen Foundation.

Ready to participate?

Registration

 

Due to COVID-19, in-person services are currently unavailable. All English Language classes are being offered virtually.

 

To sign up, please complete this form indicating which class you would like to join. Our team will contact you directly.

 

To learn more, please contact:

Contact information

Anya Sousa

Manager, Language & Communication Skills Development

(416)-645-6000 Ext. 1825
asousa@woodgreen.org

Location

1491 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4J 1N5

260 Wellesley St. E.
Toronto, ON
M4X 1G6

Hours

Please see course descriptions for details.

 

 

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