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Organization: Ottawa Catholic School Board - Nepean - Catholic Education Centre - English as a Second Language / Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada - Continuing and Community Education Department  
Phone Numbers: Continuing and Community Education Department 613-224-2222
Adult ESL Administrator 613-731-8769, 613-731-3237
Fax: Continuing and Community Education Department 613-224-9263 Adult ESL Administrator 613-731-6636
Catholic Education Centre
570W Hunt Club Rd W
Ottawa, ON
K2G 3R4
Intersection: Merivale Rd and W Hunt Club Rd
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Office hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4 pm * Classes are held mornings, afternoons, evenings (St. Patrick's and Mother Teresa)
Executives: Denise Andre - Director of Education
Contacts: Abai Coker - Adult ESL Administrator
613-731-8769 *
Marianne Kayed - Manager
Continuing and Community Education Dept. Ottawa Catholic School Board
613-224-2222 *
Service Description: ESL (English as a Second Language) classes develop communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

Classes are offered at various locations, components of ESL are: Foundation * CLB's 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 LINC, IELTS, Citizenship, Childcare available for ESL students.

Also offers other specialized programs such as ESL - Skills Development: ESL Computer Applications * Workplace Communication * ESL for Job Preparation * ESL - Childcare Worker Program * ESL - Home Support Worker Program * ESL - Sewing

ESL classes are also available in some community locations:

Day classes
  • Downtown Ottawa: St. Patrick Adult School, 290 Nepean St, 613-594-5773
  • East End: Vanier, St. Joseph Adult School, 330 Lajoie St, 613-741-6808
  • South End: Queen of the Angels Adult School, 1461 Heron Rd, 613-731-3237
  • West End: St. Nicholas Adult High School, 893 Admiral Ave., 613-228-9060

Evening Classes
  • St. Patrick Adult School, 290 Nepean St, (Tue &Thu 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm) 613-594-5773
  • Mother Teresa High School (Mon & Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm), Barrhaven 613-731-8769, 613-731-3237
  • Holy Trinity High School, 180 katimavik Rd., Kanata, (Mon & Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm), 613-731-3237

Saturday Classes
  • St Joseph High School, 3333 Geenbank Rd., Barrhaven
  • Holy Trinity High School, 180 Katimavik Rd., Kanata, 613-731-3237
  • All Saints High School, 5115 Kanata Ave., Kanata, 613-731-3237
  • Community Locations: 613-731-3237
  • Bayshore Field House - ESL Sewing Class, Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, Tuesday & Thursday 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Sheng Sen Chinese Church 1187 Michael St., Mon - Thursday 9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Foster Farm Community Centre, Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon
  • Gracious Light Christian Centre, 122 Eccles St., Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9 am-12 noon
  • Gracious Light Christian Centre, 395 Somerset St., Tuesdays & Thursday 2:00 pm-5 pm
  • Minto Recreation Complex, 3500 Cambrian Rd., Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Old March Town Hall, 821 March Rd., Kanta Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon

Fees: Service - Assessment and Administration: For paying students $50 Registration and Administration fee (non refundable) * $25 consumables fee per year for part-time courses * $30 per year for full-time students (2018)
Application: ESL classes: Students must contact the school location where they wish to receive instruction, in person. Must produce immigration documents to prove eligibility. Referral to the Centralized Language Assessment and Referral Service (CLARS) will be done at the Intake and Placement office on-site.

LINC classes: A language assessment that identifies the client's language and training needs must be completed by the CLARS Centre.
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: Immigrants, 18 years of age or older, refugees, refugee claimants or new Canadians whose mother tongue is not English. Will accept people on student Visa for a fee. Must produce immigration documents to prove eligibility.
Languages: English ; American Sign Language (ASL)
Area(s) Served:
Ottawa (City of)  
See Also: English/French as a Second Language (ESL/FSL) Training Programs
Immigrant, Newcomer and Refugee Services

This information was last completely updated on July 9, 2018

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