Adult English as a Second Language

Online Registration for ESL and LINC Classes is Now Open

The priority of the Durham District School Board (DDSB) is always the safety, well-being and human rights of our students and staff. This is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 safety protocols including physical distancing, wearing a face covering, proper hand hygiene and additional cleaning measures have all been put in place and are reviewed regularly to ensure they are up to date.

Click Here to Register Online

Daytime and night school classes are currently being offered in-person and online.

Please register online or call 905-440-4489 (Oshawa) or 905-831-3118 (Pickering)

 

Prior to coming for your appointment, please make sure to click the following link to conduct your COVID self-assessment. Once complete, please email it to yourself an show the result at school.

 

COVID-19 School Screening

When arriving at school, please also make sure you wear your mask properly and please bring all your necessary documents.

If you have any COVID symptoms or if you forget your documents, you will not be able to enter the school building.

 

Inquiries:
Oshawa site: 905-440-4489
Pickering site: 905-831-3118
or toll free 1-800-408-9619

Please remember that an English Language Assessment is required before registering for any ESL or LINC class.
For assessment information or to book your assessment appointment, please call 1-855-330-8655

 

 
Step 1:  Language Level Assessment
  • ​If you are interested in learning or improving your English and wish to join a FREE English class, you must first have your language skills tested.
  • A certified Canadian Language Benchmark assessor will test your English skills.
  • The assessment is valid for one year and is accepted in all LINC, ESL and ELT programs.
  • If you are a Permanent Resident, Refugee Claimant or a Canadian Citizen, please call 1-855-330-8655 for a free language assessment from the Language Assessment Centre.
  • A valid immigration document must be presented at your testing such as a PR Card, Canadian Citizenship Card, Passport or a Refugee Claimant document.
  • If you are a Visitor to Canada or on a Work Visa, for Oshawa please call 905-440-4489 or  toll free 1-800-408-9619 to schedule a language test with one of our instructors. For Pickering please call 905-831-3118 or 1-800-408-9619.
Step 2: Choose a Program 
Citizenship Preparation
Course Dates and Times

Online registration is now open. Please click here to register online.

Course Information

This class provides learners an opportunity to prepare for the Canadian citizenship test. Using Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, a study guide written for the citizenship test, students will learn about how the government works, Canada’s symbols and regions and all content necessary to prepare for the citizenship test. A minimum benchmark 4 in both listening and speaking is recommended for this course. All resources will be provided. 

Course Locations
Oshawa 
E. A. Lovell School - Map
120 Centre St. S.
Oshawa, ON
905-440-4489
1-800-408-9619
Pickering 
1400 Bayly St., Unit #1 - Map
Pickering, ON
(beside the Pickering GO station)
905-831-3118
1-800-408-9619
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Daytime Classes
Oshawa 

Online registration is now open. Please click here to register online.

In-class days and times:

  • ​Monday to Friday
    ​8:30 am - 11:30 am
    or
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pickering 

Online registration is now open. Please click here to register online.

In-class days and times:

  • ​Monday to Friday
    ​8:30 am - 11:30 am
    or
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Night School (currently running online only)
Online Only

Online registration is now open. Please click here to register online.

Class days and times:

  • ​Monday and Wednesday
    ​6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday
    ​6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Program Locations 
Oshawa 
E. A. Lovell School - Map
120 Centre St. S.
Oshawa, ON
905-440-4489
1-800-408-9619
Pickering 
1400 Bayly St., Unit #1 - Map
Pickering, ON
(beside the Pickering GO station)
905-831-3118
1-800-408-9619
Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) 
Childcare

Care for children is offered to eligible newcomers at no cost to the client as it is funded by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

While you are studying in your LINC class, professionally trained workers will be supervising your child/children.  These are certified child care providers, who have had schooling, background checks and have been trained to provide your children with a positive educational experience.  Registered children will enjoy a variety of activities that will benefit their social, physical, and academic skills. 

For more information, please call (905) 440-4489 (Oshawa) or (905) 831-3118 (Pickering) or toll free 1-800-408-9619.

Daytime Classes
Oshawa 

Online registration is now open. Please click here to register online.

In-class days and times:

  • ​Monday to Friday
    ​8:30 am - 11:30 am
    or
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pickering​ 

Online registration is now open. Please click here to register online.

In-class days and times:

  • ​Monday to Friday
    ​8:30 am - 11:30 am
    or
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Eligibility 

To be eligible you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older and one of the following:
  • Be a Permanent Resident of Canada
  • Be a Convention refugee
  • Be a person in Canada in the process of becoming a Permanent Resident with a letter of Confirmation of Permanent Residence
  • Take a language assessment test at a Language Assessment Centre

You are not eligible for LINC if you are a:

  • Canadian citizen
  • Refugee claimant
  • Temporary resident (such as foreign student, foreign worker or visitor)​
Locations 
Oshawa 
E. A. Lovell School - Map
120 Centre St. S.
Oshawa, ON
905-440-4489
1-800-408-9619
Pickering 
1400 Bayly St., Unit #1 - Map
Pickering, ON
(beside the Pickering GO station)
905-831-3118
1-800-408-9619
Night School
Online Only

Online registration is now open. Please click here to register online.

Class days and times:

  • ​Monday and Wednesday
    ​6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday
    ​6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Program Information 

LINC classes offer a broad range of activities to improve the learners’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing for everyday living. We offer free, morning, afternoon, and/or evening language instruction classes for eligible adult immigrants. The learner will be introduced to vocabulary needed to practice and perform everyday tasks. English grammar will be taught according to the learner's language benchmarks. Learners will have an opportunity to learn English in the classroom and in the computer lab.
Classes are available in both our Oshawa and Pickering locations and have continuous enrolment so you can start any time. Eligible adults may qualify for free child care while attending LINC classes.

Summer Classes 
Childcare

Childcare is not available for summer programs.

Course Information

Please call in June 2022 for updates or check our website.

Eligibility 

An eligible learner is an adult immigrant (born outside of Canada) currently residing in Ontario:

  • Whose first language is not English; and,
  • Who is eighteen years old, or an early school leaver,

OR

  • has completed his/her high school diploma and is not a day school pupil enrolled in any publicly supported day school in Ontario; and,
  • Is one of the following;
    • a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee or a Refugee Claimant; or 
    • a Provincial Nominee, or their dependent, who has been approved through the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program but has not yet been processed to receive permanent resident status; OR
    • a Temporary Foreign Worker, or their dependent, who has been approved through the Canadian Experience Class but has not yet been processed to receive permanent resident status; or 
    • approved as a Foreign Domestic Worker admitted under the Live-In Caregiver Program.
Fees

There is no fee for summer classes.

Parking
Parking is available – please speak with the summer school receptionist.
Program Dates and Times 

Please call in June 2022 for updates or check our website.

Program Location

E. A. Lovell School - Map

1st Floor
120 Centre St. S.
(Beside McLaughlin Library)
Oshawa, ON
L1J 4A3

Registration 
Call 905-440-4489, 1-800-408-9619 or 905-831-3118
TOEFL and IELTS Preparation
This course offers language learners preparing to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) the skills they need to succeed.  This class is offered on an intermittent basis to adults 18 or over.  Courses are not being offered at this time. For more information or to indicate your interest in these courses, please call 905-440-4489 or 1-800-408-9619.