English Language Classes (ESL)

Overview

Newcomers to Canada

Parkland College’s English Language Classes will assist Newcomers to Canada in improving their speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills in English. Eligible newcomers may advance their skills with a qualified English Language teacher in face-to-face and online classes.

As a Parkland College student, your studies will follow the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). The CLB describes the different skill levels of adults who are learning English as a subsequent language (ESL). Currently the Parkland College English Language program includes instruction for people from CLB 1-8.

Instructors in Parkland College’s ESL program will assess student progress using the Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) system mandated by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada). PBLA is integrated into the classroom, and is a collaborative effort between teacher and student. Each student will receive their own Language Companion binder in which to collect their portfolio and set their own language learning goals.

We also offer weekly Conversation Circles. In these informal sessions, students spend time with a facilitator, speaking and listening to conversational English. Conversation Circles are a great companion to LINC Homestudy and English Online classes.

If face-to-face is not an option we can also make a referral for the Online English Stage 1-2 program offered through the Government of Saskatchewan.

English tutoring

Are you a newcomer to Canada and an English beginner? We can teach you with a tutor! Text “I want an English tutor” to 306.994.3076. Or call us at 306.786.2591 or email [email protected]

Services en Français

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Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF)

Who is eligible?

To be accepted into a face-to-face, blended, or online English language class at Parkland College, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be an immigrant to Canada with a valid work permit, permanent resident card, or citizenship card
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) placement report (Parkland College holds CLB placement tests throughout the year, including July & August)
  • Be placed between CLB 1 and 6
  • Be able to attend at least 80% of classes

To register, you’ll need:

  • Immigration documents
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Saskatchewan Health Card

There is NO COST to attend the classes, but you must complete the registration forms.

You will also be required to complete an English Language Assessment in order to attend classes.

Why is it important to learn English?

English is the main language in Saskatchewan. You will speak English with your doctor, your boss, your neighbours, and at the store. Everywhere in Saskatchewan, people speak English.

Your chances of success in Saskatchewan will improve if you can understand and speak English. Learn English for improved conversation, post-secondary classes or to get a better job.

Source: Government of Saskatchewan

Schedule & Locations

Applications must be submitted by August 15, 2021.
All new students MUST attend an orientation session at the Yorkton Main Campus on the evening of August 30, 2021.

Yorkton:

Level Day of Week Time
Stage 1 (CLB 1-3) Monday/Wednesday
beginning Sept. 13
Evening classes
Stage 2 (CLB 4-6) Tuesday/Thursday
beginning Sept. 14
Evening classes
Conversation Circle (CLB 1-8)
> Location TBD
Thursdays
beginning Sept. 30
Evening classes

Esterhazy:

Level Day of Week Time
Stage 1 (CLB 1-4) Monday/Wednesday
beginning Sept. 13
Evening classes

Rural 1:1 tutoring for CLB 1-2 learners in rural areas as needed.

Contacts

Program Information

Last Updated: July 30, 2021