Community English Classes
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia offers English classes to help immigrants learn the language they need to function in the community.
These classes range from level 1 to level 5. They will help you develop your general English skills for day to day living. For example, these skills can help you with: making a doctor’s appointment, asking for help in a supermarket or getting a library card.
After you improve your basic English skills, the higher level classes will help you increase your vocabulary and develop more complex language structures for broader communication in the community. Some examples are: volunteering at an organization, writing a cover letter or filling out an application for further education.
These classes are for immigrants with little or no formal education. There are 5 levels in this program. You will have more time and support in these classes to learn how to read and write in English, and to develop listening, speaking and numeracy skills.
Some of the literacy skills you will learn in this program are:
- reading from left to right
- writing lower and upper case letters
- reading survival signs
- writing basic personal information
- sounding out words
- learning strategies
One of these classes offers immigrants and their children the opportunity to learn reading and writing skills together as part of the class. When you and your child participate in learning literacy skills together it can give you confidence to help your child with homework and to participate in reading activities together at home.
Special Needs Support Classes
These classes accommodate immigrants with special needs by modifying the classroom setting and teaching approaches. If you have a hearing impairment, you will have the use of transmitters and receivers in the classroom. If you have a visual impairment, you will have the use of a low-vision reader or a magnifying page.
For immigrants who are legally deaf, there is a class that teaches language and literacy skills as well as American Sign Language (ASL). You will connect with the deaf community in Nova Scotia.
For immigrants who have intellectual challenges, there is a class that teaches language and literacy skills at a slower pace and uses technology to promote learning.
*All of the above classes provide childcare for immigrants who need it in order to attend.
LINC Home Study
This program provides a flexible learning option for immigrants who are unable to attend community English classes in person. Learners have the opportunity to study online as well as speak to an instructor, either by phone or online, once a week. Priority in this program is given to immigrants in rural Nova Scotia where there is limited face-to-face language training.