English Learning

Registration
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.

At this time, registration for returning and new students will be done over the phone. We are not accepting registration walk-ins.  Please call us at the numbers listed below to register or book an appointment. Thank you for your understanding.

For the Oshawa site please call: 905-440-4489
For the Pickering site please call: 905-831-3118
 
Step 1:  Language Level Assessment
  • ​If you are interested in learning English and wish to join an 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.
  • 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 a language test with one of our instructors. 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

Citizenship Preparation class is currently not being offered due to an insufficient number of learners.
If you would like to take this course in the future, please call 905-831-3118 to study in Pickering and 905-440-4489 to study in Oshawa. We will place you on the waitlist and contact you once the class is offered.

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 running from Sep. 14, 2020 to Jun. 18, 2020.  Online option available to a limited number of students. 

Registration dates and times: 

  • For the Oshawa site please call: 905-440-4489
  • For the Pickering site please call: 905-831-3118

In-class days and times:

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

Classes running from Sep. 14, 2020 to Jun. 18, 2020.  Online option available to a limited number of students. 

Registration dates and times: 

  • For the Oshawa site please call: 905-440-4489
  • For the Pickering site please call: 905-831-3118

In-class days and times:

  • ​Monday to Friday
    ​8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Night School (Online Classes)
Oshawa

Classes running from Sep. 14, 2020 to May 12, 2021.  All night school classes are online. 

Registration dates and times: 

  • Please call: 905-440-4489

Class days and times:

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

Classes running from Sep. 15, 2020 to May 13, 2021.  All night school classes are online. 

Registration dates and times: 

  • Please call: 905-831-3118

Class days and times:

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

Port Perry students are invited to attend online classes from Sep. 15, 2020 to May 13, 2021. 

Registration dates and times: 

  • Please call: 905-440-4489

In-class days and times:

  • 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
 
Pickering 
1400 Bayly St., Unit #1 - Map
Pickering, ON
(beside the Pickering GO station)
905-831-3118
 
Port Perry 
Port Perry students are invited to attend online classes from Sep. 15, 2020 to May 13, 2021.
Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) 
Daytime Classes
Oshawa 

Classes running from Sep. 14, 2020 to Jun. 18, 2020.  Online option available to a limited number of students.

Registration dates and times: 

  • Please call: 905-440-4489

In-class days and times:

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

Classes running from Sep. 14, 2020 to Jun. 18, 2020.  Online option available to a limited number of students.

Registration dates and times: 

  • Please call: 905-831-3118

In-class days and times:

  • ​Monday to Friday
  • ​8:30 am - 3:30 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 students are invited to attend online classes from Sep. 15, 2020 to May 13, 2021.
Night School
Oshawa 

Classes running from Sep. 14, 2020 to May 12, 2021.  All night school classes are online.

Registration days and times:

  • Please call: 905-440-4489

In-class days and times:

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

Classes running from Sep. 15, 2020 to May 13, 2021.  All night school classes are online.

Registration days and times:

  • Please call: 905-831-3118

In-class days and times:

  • Tuesday and Thursday
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Port Perry 

Port Perry students are invited to attend online classes from Sep. 15, 2020 to May 13, 2021.

Registration days and times:

  • Please call: 905-440-4489

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. 

Summer Classes 
Childcare

Childcare is not available for summer programs.

Course Information

Summer School 2021 TBA

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 

Summer School 2021 TBA

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.