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Organization: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board - Department of Continuing Education - ESL/LINC/LBS  
Phone Numbers: 613-239-2737
Fax: 613-239-2324
c/o Shirley Graham
440 Albert St, Rm 121
Ottawa, ON
K1R 5B5
440 Albert St, Rm 121
Intersection: Bay St and Albert St
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility Notes: at some locations
Hours: Morning classes Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon, Sat 9:30 am-12:30 pm * Afternoon classes 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm * Evening classes Mon-Wed or Tue 6 pm-9 pm
Dates: Registration is ongoing * all programs run from September-January and/or January-June * Summer programs are available at some locations for 5 weeks between June and July. Afternoon workshops are also available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons f
Executives: Jennifer Adams - Director of Education
Bruce Whitehead - Principal, Continuing Education
Contacts: Shirley Graham - Continuing Education Officer
613-239-2287 *
Jennifer McKay - Supervisor
613-239-2899 *
Service Description: English as a Second Language (ESL) non-credit classes for adults: Classes offered at many locations throughout Ottawa. Basic * Intermediate * Advanced levels available

Specialized courses for adults include English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Academic Test Preparation (IELTS, TOEFL, CAEL etc), English for Academic Purposes, Workplace English, ESL Math, ESL for the Trades; Pronunciation, Writing and Grammar, Citizenship classes as well as ESL for Certificates for Employment. Students should have current benchmarks within the last year from an ESL/LINC class or clients must be assessed at the YMCA-YWCA Language Assessment and Resource Centre located at 240 Catherine St.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is provided at many locations throughout Ottawa. Classes are offered at the Literacy and LINC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 levels and includes Writing and Grammar for the Citizenship Test. Computer Assisted Language Learning at some locations. All LINC clients must be assessed at the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA Language Assessment and Resource Centre located at 240 Catherine St.

Workplace Training courses: * Childcare Assistant: Trains adult learners to work in a licensed daycare or childcare.
* Personal Support Worker (PSW) Preparation: Prepares adult learners to enter a PSW course at the Adult High School, private colleges, or community colleges.
* Certificates for Employment: Gives the students their WHMIS certificate, Safe Food Handling Certificate, First Aid/CPR certificate, Customer Service Certificate. These certificates will help these students to find jobs much more easily in the hotels, restaurants, nursing homes, hospitals, and more.

Academic Upgrading: For students who would like to improve their reading and Writing to eventually enter the Adult High School or Algonquin College. Students learn the strategies needed to study, plan projects and activities, and improve their writing skills. * Three different levels of Reading and Writing classes * Preparation to Enter the Adult High School * Preparation to Enter a Personal Support Worker program

Adaptive Learning Program: Adults with a developmental disability are trained for a variety of workplaces including a cafe, administrative support, greenhouse and plant care, light building maintenance such as recycling and room preparation

LBS: Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills * helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence

Fees: Program - One time materials fee of $10 for ESL (2018) * None - LINC, LBS or Adaptive Learning students * Fee for LBS PSW Preparation, Childcare Assistant, Certificates for Employment, First Aid/CPR Certificate and for Safe Food Handler Certificate
Application: Call for registration information
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: ESL: Ontario residents including Canadian citizens, refugee claimants and Permanent Residents who are 18 years and over and not attending a publicly funded secondary school

LINC: newly arrived immigrants and convention refugees who are 18 years and older and not attending a publicly funded secondary school

LBS: Ontario residents 19 years and older, with reading, writing and math skills below Grade 12 of the Ontario Curriculum * must have facility in English

Adaptive Learning Program: adults 21 years old or older with a developmental disability * assessment required
Languages: English
Area(s) Served:
Ottawa (City of)  
See Also: English/French as a Second Language (ESL/FSL) Training Programs

This information was last completely updated on August 15, 2018

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