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Learning English in Edmonton


There are a number of places in Edmonton where you can learn English, or upgrade your current English language skills. The government of Canada funds the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program for all adult permanent residents.

Newcomers who wish to attend LINC classes must have their language levels assessed at the Language Assessment, Referral and Couselling Centre (LARCC) at Catholic Social Services.

After the assessment, the LARCC Language and Education counselors will help newcomers with their language and/or educational needs. Catholic Social Services publishes a comprehensive Edmonton Directory of ESL Programs and Services.

NorQuest College offers the largest full-time LINC program in Edmonton, but there are a variety of part-time ESL programs available throughout the city.

You can also enroll in ESL courses at universities and colleges or private schools. Check with each program, as most of them require a fee. For school-age children, ESL programs are also available through the Edmonton Public and Edmonton Catholic School systems.


English Language Assessment

Catholic Social Services LARCC  Language Assessment, Referral and Counselling Centre (LARCC)


Where to Learn English

Cultural Connections Institute is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of ELS classes.

Edmonton Catholic Schools Adult ESL Programs provide ESL instruction for adults (full and part-time LINC classes are available at two locations), as well as programs regarding pre-employment preparation.

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers: English Language Services ESL programs are available to a wide variety of clients. Classes can be taken on a part-time basis and include subjects such as writing and grammar, drop in conversation, and ESL for parents.

English Language Training College offers a varied curriculum for international students.

MacEwan University International Students offers many education opportunities for international students, including ESL.

Metro Continuing Education offers ESL and family education resources.

NorQuest College offers a wide range of ESL, employment and career programs and services for immigrants and international students.