Language Training

English as a Second Language

You will find many places that offer classes in English as a Second Language (ESL).
ESL classes are available for adults who need to learn English or who require extra help to improve their language abilities.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) is language instruction for newcomers wishing to pursue English (or French – CLIC) as a second language. It is a free program for eligible adult newcomers.

To be eligible for the LINC (CLIC) Program, a person must be:

In metro Halifax, the Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) is provided by Language Assessment Services of Nova Scotia (LASNS). The Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) provides CLBA assessment outside metro Halifax.

Upon completion of the assessment, a LASNS or MILS representative will help you choose a language school or nearest program. LASNS’s contact phone number is (902) 431-8675 and HRSB is (902) 464-2868.

Halifax Regional School Board Adult ESL

The Halifax Regional School Board Adult EAL offers full-time and part-time language instruction at three locations – two in Halifax and one in Dartmouth.

Email: kellya@hrsb.ns.ca

Telephone: (902) 464-2868

Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS)
ISIS provides full-time and part-time language instruction at:

6960 Mumford Road, Suite 2120
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 4P1
Telephone: (902) 423-3607
Fax: (902) 423-3154
Email: info@isisns.ca
Website: www.isisns.ca

Tutoring

ESL Volunteer Tutor Program
Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services, Halifax
Telephone: (902) 423-3607
This program offers one-on-one volunteer led support to individuals who request support to build on their English reading, writing, aural, and oral skills. No fee.

Halifax Public Libraries ESL for Adults
Halifax Public Libraries, Halifax, Bedford and Dartmouth
Telephone: (902) 490-5990
ESL for Adults is a volunteer-based, one-to-one tutoring program for adults learning English as a second language. Programs are delivered at the following libraries: Alderney Gate Public Library, Halifax North Public Library, Bedford Public Library, Keshen Goodman Public Library, Captain William Spry Public Library, and Spring Garden Road Public Library. No fee.

Workplace Language

Workplace and Profession Specific Language Programs
Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services, Halifax
Telephone: (902) 423-3607
ISIS offers a range of employment specific language programs focused on skills required in the workplace and in specific professions. Some temporary residents might be eligible to receive the training, please contact ISIS for further details. No fee.

Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) – Teaching Immigrants English (TIE) Program TIE provides English as a second language instruction to newcomers outside metro Halifax. No fee.

Telephone: (902) 464-2032

Website: www.milstie.ca

English for Academic Purposes
This program provides English language instruction to newcomers whose language skills are not sufficient to enter post-secondary educational institutions in Nova Scotia or to successfully complete occupational credentialing requirements.

Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax
Telephone: (902) 471-4650
Website: www.nscc.ca

Valley ESL
English as a second language classes are available in the Valley region. No fee.

Valley Community Learning Association, Kentville
Telephone: (902) 679-5252
Website: www.vcla.ca