Language Training

English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes are available for adults who want to learn English or who need extra help improving their language abilities. You will find many places that offer classes in EAL.

You can be assessed in metro Halifax by the Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA), which is provided by Language Assessment Services of Nova Scotia (LASNS). Outside of metro Halifax, the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) provides CLB assessment. After your assessment, they will help you choose a language school or nearest program.

LASNS: (902) 431-8675
HRSB: (902) 464-2868

EAL classes

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) helps newcomers pursue English (or French – CLIC) as a second language. It is a free program for eligible adult newcomers. You can ask your language assessor for more information on the LINC classes.

Halifax Regional School Board

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia provides full-time and part-time language instruction at:

6960 Mumford Road, Suite 2120, Halifax
Telephone: (902) 423-3607

Valley Community Learning Association

English as an additional language classes and tutoring are available in the Valley region.

Valley Community Learning Association, Kentville
Telephone: (902) 679-5252

EAL tutoring

There are also different tutoring programs available for newcomers who want extra help with their English language skills.

Halifax Public Libraries English Language Learning for Adults

A volunteer-based, one-on-one tutoring program for adults learning English as an additional language. Programs are delivered at the following libraries:

Telephone: (902) 490-5990

Workplace and Profession Specific Language Programs

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) offers a range of job specific language programs. The language classes are available in the classroom and on-line. Please contact ISANS for details.

Telephone: (902) 423-3607

English for Academic Purposes

Nova Scotia Community College

Instruction for newcomers whose English language skills are not ready for entering post-secondary (college or university) education in Nova Scotia. Also for those who need to complete job credential requirements.

Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax
Telephone: (902) 471-4650