How do I know my English is good?
English Language Assessments are done at the YMCA. Please call 519-579-9622 to determine your eligibility. If you have had a language assessment in the last two years by the YMCA or in class or have been placed on a waiting list, you may qualify for acceptance into a St. Louis ESL remote learning class. The YMCA can confirm which English Language class you are eligible for and which language level you are at.
If you are a VISITOR TO CANADA, please contact the YMCA Language Assessment Centre to determine if you are eligible for a free language assessment and discuss terms of enrollment.
Step 1: Contact the YMCA Language Assessment Centre first– 519-579-9622 (Kitchener) / 519-621-1621 (Cambridge).
Step 2: If you are not eligible for a free assessment with the YMCA, contact firstname.lastname@example.org Mon – Fri 8:30am-12:30pm.
Step 3: Eligible visitors: Monthly Fees apply (paid for the whole month in advance)
Step 4: Attend remote ESL classes
Canadian Language Benchmarks – What do they mean?
The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) are used in Canada to teach and test language learning for adults. It is important to understand the CLBs if planning to go to English class, train, look for work or study at a College or University. The benchmarks describe tasks that people can do in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Literacy and Level 1: Welcome to English School! We will help you start to learn English.
Level 2 and 3: You will develop and have an adequate knowledge of simple spoken and written communication to function in the community like shopping, going to the doctor and speaking to your children’s teacher.
Level 4: You know enough English, now, that you could begin to apply for Canadian Citizenship. Take Citizenship preparation classes. Or you can consider taking a specialized English Language class. Call 519-745-1201 for details.
Level 5 and 6: Your English should be good enough to get and keep a job and gain some Canadian work experience. Don’t stop learning English. Continue in your ESL classes and keep moving forward to the next CLB level. Or take a different ESL class that will help you improve your soft skills, pronunciation, computer or customer service skills. Once you have completed level 6, you may continue to improve your reading, writing skills or you can apply to take the St. Louis Culinary Arts Training, or Hairstylist and Barber Training. Keep going to level 7 to prepare for the IELTS tests!
Level 7+: At this level you can begin to take other classes at St. Louis, including working toward earning Secondary School Credits, or developing employment skills with Personal Support Worker Training.