ESL Information

Welcome Back!!

We have been waiting for you!!


We will be starting classes beginning the week of September 21st, 2020.  

Our ESL classes will be hybrid, which means that we are able to have teacher led, face-to-face in-class times for the classes. Be advised that students will be assigned a Cohort and they are to attend on their specific day. Your teacher will be providing you with further details.  Assessments will also be done in class where possible.


However, we will be following the situation with COVID19 very closely and be adhering to the protocols of the local health unit. Therefore these support hours will be dependant on the procedures necessary to keep everyone safe. 


Please read the following carefully:


1.  If you were registered last module, you will  automatically be re-registered for the same schedule this module. 


2.  DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL. Your teacher will contact you by phone or email the week of September 14, 2020.


3.  If you are NOT interested/unable to continue with school or you need to change your schedule, please email the office ( as soon as possible.

       Schedule changes will only be if space is available. 


4.   COVID procedures to be aware of:  COMING SOON


Our ESL Program is designed to provide life and work skills, prepare students for citizenship, assist work towards high school diploma and prepare for college.  We are committed to meeting your needs as well as continue to adhere to the COVID19 guidelines implemented in our schools to keep everyone safe.  Therefore, we will be offering all our courses on-line to start the school year.  If we are able to physically open our school int he fall, we will work towards accommodating this and provide them as face to face classes.  Please review our website for courses offered and our on-line registration process.
Eligibility - To register you must:
  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Be a newcomer to Canada
  3. Provide proof of Canadian Citizenship, Birth Certificate, Passport, Immigration
    documents, permanent resident card
  4. Have a current completed CLB assessment. These are completed at the Cross Cultural Learner Centre. Click here for information on how to get an assessment
How to register
  • Learners who are eligible to register in a class by emailing the school ( with a copy of your assessment and your proof of citizenship)  DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL
  • Many of our classes have a waitlist and it would be important for you to call the Centre to see about registering or to find out more information at 519-675-4436 extension 0.
Are there Fees?

ESL Classes are free for students who are a naturalized Canadian citizen, permanent resident, Convention refugee or a refugee claimant; or are approved as a foreign domestic worker under the Live-In Caregiver program.

However, there are tuition fees for students who are Temporary Residents (Visitors,
International Students, Temporary Workers). They may enroll as Fee Paying students with approval from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The assessments are completed at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. Please click here for more information.
Need to improve your language skills quickly? Our classes are organized to help you move to the next level when you are ready. The Centre offers FOCUSED language classes in the afternoon to assist you with language skills that need a little more help.

We offer classes that use the Canadian Language Benchmarks to provide instructions and assess your progress. You can enter at any level but would need to provide a copy of their assessment from the Cross Cultural Learner Centre or a report card from another school board within the last 6 months.


This class is for students who have little to no English skills in listening, speaking, reading and/or writing, but can perform at a high level in their own language. Students will learn the basics of reading, writing and numeracy including identifying and printing letters as well as reading and writing short messages. This class will prepare students for CLB 1.


Students will learn new vocabulary, practise listening to conversations, and gain a basic understanding of the English language. Learners will also write sentences and read short stories.

CLB 2 or 3

Students will start reading short articles and novels. More speaking skills will be introduced in addition to listening to directions and instructions while improving pronunciation and grammar.


Students will learn situations and tasks needed in the real world. They will be part of English speaking conversations by expressing their opinions and listening actively. Students will also learn how to expand their sentences into paragraphs and computers will be introduced to improve language skills.

CLB 5-7

Learners will interact at an advanced level by preparing presentations, engaging in complex conversations and learning how to write essays. Students will continue to improve their grammar and writing skills by writing paragraphs, e-mails, giving short presentations and expressing and defending their opinions. Computers will continue to be used for improving language skills.

Next Steps

Students who are interested in earning their High School in Canada should meet with a guidance counsellor. It can be completed in as little as 6 months depending on your English Language skills and past academic/work/life experiences!
Reading and Writing Class
Tuesdays and Thursdays 
2:45 pm to 5:00 pm
Levels 2-4 & Levels 5-8 
The Goals are:
  • Improve writing and reading skills both formally and informally
  • Expand students' literacy skills
  • Build confidence
  • Help students use technology to communicate
  • Help students support their families
Activities Include:
  • Computer activities
  • Grammatical development
  • Develop reading strategies
  • Compose a variety of texts
Speaking and Listening Class
Mondays and Wednesdays 
2:45 pm to 5:00 pm
Levels 2-4 & Levels 5-8 
The Goals are:
  • Improve listening and speaking abilities
  • Improve pronunciation, stress fluency and tone
  • Build confidence
  • Help students support their families
Activities include:
  • Conversation practice and language development
  • Pronunciation, tone and stress activities
  • Speeches and phone conversations
  • Critical and evaluative listening activities