English Learning

Appointments 
Online appointment booking form 
Step 1:  Language Level Assessment
  • If you are interested in learning English and wish to join an English class, you must first have yourlanguage 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.
  • LINC assessors evaluate your language and training needs and refer you to the appropriate programs near your home according to your abilities, interests and needs.
  • 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 to schedule alanguage test with one of our instructors. There will be a $45 charge for this test. For Pickering please call 905-831-3118
Step 2: Choose a Program 
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).

Citizenship Preparation
Course Dates and Times

Monday to Friday.

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This class is offered on an intermittent basis to adults 18 or over.  From January 2019 to June 2019, this class is not being offered.  Please check back later for September 2019 class posting.

Course Information

This class provides learners an opportunity to prepare for the 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
 
Pickering 
1400 Bayly St., Unit #1 - Map
Pickering, ON
(beside the Pickering GO station)
905-831-3118
 
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Daytime Classes
Oshawa 

Classes begin:

  • Join anytime - Monday to Friday

Registration dates and times: 

  • Ongoing
    ​9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In-class days and times:

  • ​Monday to Friday
    ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Materials Fee:

  • $45
Pickering 

Classes begin:

  • Join anytime - Monday to Friday

Registration dates and times: 

  • Ongoing
    ​9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In-class days and times:

  • ​Monday to Friday
    ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Materials Fee:

  • $45
Night School 
Oshawa

Classes begin:

  • Join any Monday evening

Registration dates and times: 

  • Monday eveings
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In-class days and times:

  • ​Monday and Wednesday
    ​6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Materials Fee:

  • $45 
Pickering​ 

Classes begin:

  • Join any Thursday evening

Registration dates and times: 

  • Thursday eveings
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In-class days and times:

  • Tuesday and Thursday
    ​6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Materials Fee:

  • $45
Port Perry 

Classes begin:

  • Join any Tuesday evening

Registration dates and times: 

  • Tuesday daytime in Oshawa
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In-class days and times:

  • Tuesday and Thursday
    ​6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Materials Fee:

  • $45
Program Locations 
Oshawa 
E. A. Lovell School - Map
120 Centre St. S.
Oshawa, ON
905-440-4489
 
Pickering 
1400 Bayly St., Unit #1 - Map
Pickering, ON
(beside the Pickering GO station)
905-831-3118
 
Port Perry 
Port Perry HS - Map
160 Rosa St.
Port Perry, ON
L9L 1L7
905-440-4489 
Enhanced Language Training (ELT)
Eligibility 

To be eligible you must:

  • Attend an information session
  • 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
Information Session Dates and Locations
Oshawa 
Dates:
Tues. March 5, 2019 - 10 am to 11 am
Thurs. March 7, 2019 - 1 pm - 2 pm
Location:
​E. A. Lovell Centre - Map
120 Centre St. S.
Oshawa, ON
Room 331 
Pickering

Dates:
Tues. June 18, 2019 - 11 am to 12 pm

Location:

Welcome Centre - Pickering - Map
1400 Bayly St., Unit 5/16B
Pickering, ON
Room - TBA
Program Dates
Session 1 - ​Oshawa (April 2019)
​E. A. Lovell School - Map
120 Centre St., S.
Oshawa, ON  L1H 4A3
(Beside the McLaughlin Library)
​905-440-4488

In- class dates and time:

  • ​April 1, 2019 - May 29, 2019
  • ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Placement dates:

  • June 3, 2019 to July 29, 2019
Session 2 - Pickering​ (September 2019) 
Welcome Centre - Pickering - Map
1400 Bayly St., Unit 5/16B
Pickering, ON  L1W 3R2
(Beside Pickering Go Station)
​905-440-4488

In- class dates and time:

  • ​September 9, 2019 - November 4, 2019
  • ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Placement dates:
November 11, 2019 to January 17, 2020 

Session 3 - Oshawa (November 2019)
E. A. Lovell School - Map
120 Centre St., S.
Oshawa, ON  L1H 4A3
(Beside the McLaughlin Library)
​905-440-4488

In- class dates and time:

  • November 25, 2019 - January 31, 2020
  • ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Placement dates:

  • February 3, 2020 to March 30, 2020
Program Overview

The ELT program provides eight weeks of advanced English classes for internationally trained professionals plus an additional eight weeks for the participants to gain Canadian work experience through our unpaid internship/mentorship.  The ELT program helps participants upgrade their English language and employability skills as well as competitiveness in the labour market. Participants will focus on general business communication skills, networking and professionalism in the Canadian workforce. Classes will help participants with their job search, interview skills, cultural and workplace issues. Classes are available in Oshawa and Pickering.

This program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and delivered tuition free to eligible adults.

Each student must complete a Criminal Information request, at their own expense (approximately $20.00), and may also be required to complete a Medical Clearance.

Assistance with onsite childcare is available for eligible participants. 

Questions
Alana Magsombol 
ELT Client Counsellor/Placement Coordinator 
905-440-4488 
alana.magsombol@ddsb.ca 
Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) 
Daytime Classes
Oshawa 

Classes begin:

  • September 9, 2019

Registration dates and times: 

  • Ongoing
    ​9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In-class days and times:

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

Classes begin:

  • September 9, 2019

Registration dates and times: 

  • September 3, 4 and 5, 2019
  • ​9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In-class days and times:

  • ​Monday to Friday
  • ​8:30 am - 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
 
Pickering 
1400 Bayly St., Unit #1 - Map
Pickering, ON
(beside the Pickering GO station)
905-831-3118
 
Port Perry 
Port Perry HS - Map
160 Rosa St.
Port Perry, ON
L9L 1L7
905-440-4489 
Night School
Oshawa 

Classes begin:

  • ​September 9, 2019

Registration days and times:

  • Monday evenings
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

In-class days and times:

  • Tuesday and Thursday
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pickering

Classes begin:

  • ​September 10, 2019

Registration days and times:

  • Tuesday evenings
  • 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

In-class days and times:

  • Monday and Wednesday
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Port Perry 

Classes begin:

  • ​September 10, 2019

Registration days and times:

  • Tuesday daytime
  • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

In-class days and times:

  • 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 and may also qualify for limited transportation assistance. 

Language Training for Apprenticeships (LTA) 
Eligibility

To be eligible you must:

  • Attend an information session
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be CLB 5 or higher

Provide proof of one following classes of newcomers:

  • Canadian Citizen
  • Permanent Resident of Canada
  • Convention Refugee
  • Refugee Claimant
  • Temporary Foreign Worker
  • Foreign Domestic Worker (Live-In Caregiver Program)
Information Session Dates and Locations
Oshawa 
Dates:
Tues. March 5, 2019 - 10 am to 11 am
Thurs. March 7, 2019 - 1 pm - 2 pm
Location:
​E. A. Lovell Centre - Map
120 Centre St. S.
Oshawa, ON
Room 331 
Pickering 

Dates:
Tues. June 18, 2019 - 11 am to 12 pm

Location:

Welcome Centre - Pickering - Map
1400 Bayly St., Unit 5/16B
Pickering, ON
Room - TBA
Program Dates 
Session 1 - ​Oshawa (April 2019) 
​E. A. Lovell School - Map
120 Centre St., S.
Oshawa, ON  L1H 4A3
(Beside the McLaughlin Library)
​905-440-4488

In- class dates and time:

  • ​April 1, 2019 - May 29, 2019
  • ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Placement dates:

  • June 3, 2019 to July 29, 2019
Session 2 - Pickering​ (September 2019)
Welcome Centre - Pickering - Map
1400 Bayly St., Unit 5/16B
Pickering, ON  L1W 3R2
(Beside Pickering Go Station)
​905-440-4488

In- class dates and time:

  • ​September 9, 2019 - November 4, 2019
  • ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Placement dates:

  • November 11, 2019 to January 17, 2020 
Session 3 - Oshawa (November 2019) 
E. A. Lovell School - Map
120 Centre St., S.
Oshawa, ON  L1H 4A3
(Beside the McLaughlin Library)
​905-440-4488

In- class dates and time:

  • November 25, 2019 - January 31, 2020
  • ​8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Placement dates:

  • February 3, 2020 to March 30, 2020
Program Information 
The LTA program provides eight weeks of intermediate English classes for newcomers who are interested in working in a trade, plus an additional eight weeks for the participants to gain Canadian work experience through our unpaid internship/mentorship. The LTA program helps participants upgrade their English language and employability skills as well as competitiveness in the labour market. Participants will focus on general business communication skills, networking and professionalism in the Canadian workforce. 

Classes will help participants with their job search, interview skills, cultural and workplace issues. Classes are available in Oshawa and Pickering.

This program is funded by Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and International Trade and delivered tuition free to eligible adults.

Each student must complete a Criminal Information request, at their own expense (approximately $20.00), and may also be required to complete a Medical Clearance.

Questions
Alana Magsombol 
ELT Client Counsellor/Placement Coordinator 
905-440-4488 
alana.magsombol@ddsb.ca  
Summer Classes 
Childcare

Childcare is not available for summer programs.

Course Information

Three general English as a Second Language classes will offered – Canada Benchmark Level (CLB) L-2, CLB 3-4 and CLB 5-7.  There are no summer LINC classes

The Adult Non-Credit Language Training Program is funded by the Ministry of Children Community and Social Services (MCCSS) to offer English as Second Language (ESL) training programs to adult immigrants.

Learners enroll in language training with a wide variety of goals in mind, including improving their language skills for daily life, for the labour market or to pursue higher education. New learners must be assessed for their language proficiency levels at local assessment centres to select from a list of courses meeting their needs. This tuition-free language training is available to eligible learners. 

Language training is catered to individual learner needs and based on the principles of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) and Portfolio Based Language Assessment, using authentic language learning tasks. 

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 dependant, 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 dependant, 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 

Tuesday July 2, 2019 to Friday July 26, 2019.

9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  

Program Location
E. A. Lovell School - Map
1st Floor
120 Centre St. S.
(Beside McLaughlin Library)
Oshawa, ON
L1J 4A3
Registration 
Contact: Siabh @ 905-440-4489
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.
Writing Skills 
This writing class offers English language learners the opportunity to improve their writing skills.  Learners will study grammar, spelling, punctuation, along with sentence, paragraph and essay structures.  Learners will also have an opportunity to write a business letter and a cover letter.  This class is designed especially for the language learner whose writing skills are far below their speaking abilities. This class is available afternoons only in Oshawa, and mornings only in our Pickering location. For more information, please call (905) 440-4489 (Oshawa) or (905) 831-3118 (Pickering).