English Language Classes through the LINC program offer the following classes:
Kitchener Main Campus, 80 Young St., Kitchener
St. Francis Campus, 154 Gatewood Rd., Kitchener
How do I know if my English is good?
English Language Assessments are done at the YMCA. Please call 519-579-9622 to make an appointment. They will find an English Language class at the language level you are at.
Canadian Language Benchmarks – What do they mean?
The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) is used in Canada to teach and test language learning for adults. It is important to understand the CLB if you are 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 – Level 1: Welcome to English School! We will help you start to learn English.
Level 2-3: 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. Or you can consider taking a specialized English Language class in Home Day Care.
Level 5 & 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 LINC classes in the morning or afternoon and keep moving forward to the next CLB level. Once you have completed level 6 you would be ready to take a specialized English language class or you may apply to take the St. Louis Culinary Arts Training, or Hairstylist and Barber Training. If you would like to go to College or University, we advise that you keep going to CLB Level 7.
Level 7+: Once you have completed this level, you may continue to improve your reading, writing skills or prepare for the TOEFL/ IELTS tests. 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.