Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada or “LINC” is a FREE English language training program funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres is one of the largest English language class provider in Waterloo Region & surrounding area open to newcomers 18 years of age and older. Students who take LINC classes are taught Canadian Language Benchmarks Levels Literacy to to CLB 7 (available levels vary by location).
BENEFITS of taking English classes with LINC!
Smaller class sizes allow for more one on one support
Free quality childminding available
Limited number of free bus tickets to eligible clients
Students develop English language real-world communication skills to live and work in Canada. All LINC English Languages classes teach the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing using Portfolio Based Language Assessment.
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 to CLB 1: Welcome to English School! ! We will help you to begin learning English for communicating in your community.
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.
Listening: You will be able to understand spoken English in a variety of situations including going to the doctor, shopping or visiting your children’s school.
Speaking: You will develop your English language vocabulary and be able to speak to others in increasingly complex ways and in a variety of situations including interviews, speaking with your doctor to name a few.
Reading: You will be able to understand written texts like application forms, emails and bank statements.
Writing: You will be able to write in English to help you complete job applications, fill out forms at the bank, write a letter to your children’s teacher and much more.
What is Portfolio-Based Language Assessment?
Portfolio Based Language Assessment in a standard in-class assessment instructors use in all LINC classes in Canada as a way to measure your language abilities. Each student learns about the Language Companion binder and assessments required to progress in all four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing. Students are progressed in a skill when they demonstrate completion of that CLB level. At the end of a term, students are given a report.
TOP 5 things LINC students like about the program
Learning English Skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
Really good teachers
Free childcare at the school while they attend class