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21
FEB
2017

Care For Newcomer Children In Action: Syrian Newcomers

By CMAS (Childminding Monitoring, Advisory and Support) All hands on deck: How one CNC program coped with the influx ISANS Care For Newcomer Children (CNC) Program is no stranger to welcoming newcomer families with open arms. When approximately 100 Syrian refugee families arrived...
03
FEB
2017

Speaking the same language

By Moira Donovan, The Coast, 02 February 2017.  The Mellis are just five out of thousands of Syrian refugees who came to Canada over the last year. The Melli family think about their journey in terms of routes. There are the one they took to flee their apartment in a suburb of...
01
NOV
2016

Engaging with Communities: Halifax ER opens doors to ISANS students

by Kristen Lipscombe, Nova Scotia Health Authority. From how to use their new health cards to the importance of calling 911 when experiencing an emergency, a group of ISANS clients learned the basics of the Canadian health care system during an interactive classroom session at...
09
MAR
2016

Prince George Hotel recognized for their work with refugees

News Release – March 9, 2016—Halifax, NS – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum today congratulated the Prince George Hotel as one of the winners of the 2016 Employer Awards for Refugee Employment for their outstanding efforts to help refugees settle...
14
DEC
2015
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Light House Now – Editorial: How do we raise the level for everyone?

by Dave Stephens, Light House Now, 9 December 2015. Most of us need no further convincing that it’s important for Nova Scotia to do its part to welcome refugees fleeing the disaster that Syria has become. Not everyone agrees with that. People worry that we’re bringing...
04
SEP
2014

CIC Video – Language Training for Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has produced a video entitled Language Training for Canada. It is intended to raise newcomer awareness on the importance of official language skills for settlement in Canada. The video is aligned with the content in their settlement guide,...
31
JUL
2014

Labour Market Language

Did you know that 87% of employers insist on a “high level of proficiency” in language? We all need exceptional communication skills and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the workplace. So you may not be surprised to know that employers have identified a...
22
OCT
2013

New Citizenship Prep Course

Our first Citizenship Prep Course started on Monday, October 7!  This course offers an opportunity for students to use and interact with the Discover Canada study guide, ask questions, and practice the knowledge that they are learning in order to pass the Citizenship Test. Some...
23
SEP
2013

National Essential Skills Day

​Did You Know? The literacy community refers to Essential Skills as “Velcro skills” which enable other knowledge and learning to “stick”. It is widely accepted that for individuals to function effectively in society and the economy they need to have good Essential Skills and high...
09
APR
2013

The Challenges of English in the Workplace

Nova Scotians are outgoing and friendly and love to make small talk at work, but what if you come from a country where this isn’t the norm? What about technical jargon and expressions that you don’t understand? You feel like a fish out of water!Choosing to move and then...
04
JAN
2013

Language Learning: for Parents and Children

Kesabi Dhungana Bhujel came to Canada from Nepal with her husband and two children; Hari 9 years old and Broad 6 months old. She left her home country of Bhutan with her parents when she was five years old and lived in a refugee camp in Nepal for 18 years before she came to...
06
NOV
2012

Notice! English as an Additional Language

Please note: We have decided to make the move from using the term ESL (English as a Second Language) to EAL (English as an Additional Language). We are doing this for the following reasons:
  1. To recognize and respect the fact that newcomers who are learning English may...
24
APR
2012

Language Learning and Healthcare

Dr. Massoud Shahin is enthusiastic about and grateful for the programs he has accessed through Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. Dr. Shahin says English for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals opened up a new world for him in terms of improving his...
02
APR
2012

ESL Literacy: Making a Name for Itself

When you arrive in your new country, one of the first things you do is register at the local ESL school to improve your language skills. But what if you never had the opportunity for education in your home country? If you don’t read or write in your first language, you don’t...
09
JUN
2010

English for Professionals

English for Professionals is a language training program for immigrants to Canada. It provides employment related English language training for professionals from different employment backgrounds. English for Professionals September 15 – December 21, 2010 via Videoconference