By Crystal MacMillan, TESL NS Newsletter, 2 May 2017. With the small hands of toddlers grabbing at pencil and paper, a baby crying in the lap, and a senior family member in need of help, a young mother studying English at home certainly has her struggles. The learning environment is … Read more
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 within the same period, the staff had … Read more
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 … Read more
by Kristen Lipscombe, Nova Scotia Health Authority. All recent arrivals to Canada from countries including Ethiopia, Sudan and Syria, the curious students also got an inside look at the hospital’s emergency department, from triage to exam room. The tutorial and tour were part of October’s focus on health for Immigration … Read more
ISANS is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the J & W Murphy Foundation that will provide funding for the next three years to re-establish our very successful English as an Additional Language (EAL) Volunteer Tutor Program. The EAL Volunteer Tutor Program will link newcomers and volunteers, both within … Read more
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 in Canada by finding jobs and obtaining employment … Read more
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 terrorists into our midst, … Read more
English in the Workplace, or EWP, was first offered by Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre (HILC) in 1993, with one instructor, Cathy Vaughn. Soon after, Darlene MacInnis and Joanna Wine joined the team. At the start, most of the classes were for basic English and many of the clients worked in … Read more
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, Welcome to Canada, and is intended for … Read more
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 lack of English language … Read more
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 adapting to life in a new country is challenging. Finding employment, housing, and establishing yourself in a community are just a few of the first big considerations you face upon arrival. When you find work, there are more challenges still – you need to adapt to a new business culture, learn the workplace etiquette, and adjust to the job specific language.
Language issues and misunderstanding social cues can affect your self confidence – even if you have years of experience in your field. Support is essential to all immigrants, regardless of their language abilities. In fact, most of the time language is not the major stumbling block…
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 … Read more