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English as a Second Language

There are several resources available at the New Canadians Centre and in Peterborough to help newcomers learn and practice English.

Learn about ESL Recourses in Peterborough here.

 

The New Canadians Centre offers several supports for English as a Second Language learners. These include:

Beginner English Group

We provide a free Beginner English classes to newcomers with little to no English, led by a volunteer Instructor. During these classes, free childcare is provided by Early Childhood Educators on-site.

Format: In-class instruction

Location: New Canadians Centre Peterborough

When: All Year; Fridays, 9:30 - 10:30 am

Other Details: Basic English class for beginners; Drop-in; Childcare provided

Language Level: Beginner

Eligibility: Clients of the New Canadians Centre

To Register: Book an intake appointment with a Settlement Counsellor at the New Canadians Centre who will then refer you to a class. To book an appointment, please visit our reception desk or contact us at info@nccpeterborough.ca or (705) 743 0882

Intermediate English Group

We provide a free Intermediate Level English classes to newcomers with some level of English, led by a volunteer Instructor. During these classes, free childcare is provided by Early Childhood Educators on-site.

Format: In-class instruction

Location: New Canadians Centre Peterborough

When: All Year; Fridays, 10:45 - 11:45 am

Other Details: Drop-in; Childcare provided

Language Level: Intermediate

Eligibility: Clients of the New Canadians Centre

To Register: Book an intake appointment with a Settlement Counsellor at the New Canadians Centre who will then refer you to a class. To book an appointment, please visit our reception desk or contact us at info@nccpeterborough.ca or (705) 743 0882

Advanced English Group

We provide a free Advanced Level English classes to newcomers to help futher their command of English speaking and reading, led by a volunteer Instructor. Classes are offered seasonally.

Format: In-class instruction

Location: New Canadians Centre Peterborough

When: Seasonally - please check our Activities Calendar or contact us

Other Details: Drop-in

Language Level: Advanced

Eligibility: Clients of the New Canadians Centre

To Register: Book an intake appointment with a Settlement Counsellor at the New Canadians Centre who will then refer you to a class. To book an appointment, please visit our reception desk or contact us at info@nccpeterborough.ca or (705) 743 0882

English Conversation Group

We provide Conversation Groups to help newcomers of all language levels practice their English speaking and listening skills, led by a volunteer Instructor.

Format: In-class informal learning

Location: New Canadians Centre Peterborough

When: Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (September 2019 - May 2020)

Other Details: Drop-in

Language Level: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced

Eligibility: Clients of the New Canadians Centre

To Register: Book an intake appointment with a Settlement Counsellor at the New Canadians Centre who will then refer you to a class. To book an appointment, please visit our reception desk or contact us at info@nccpeterborough.ca or (705) 743 0882

Public Speaking Training

In partnership with the Peterborough Toastmasters Club, we provide a free 5-week training program to newcomers to help develop their public speaking and presentations skills. This course is offered seasonally, usually twice a year.

Format: Training program, with certificate at the end

Location: New Canadians Centre Peterborough & Peterborough Toastmaster Club

When: Seasonally

Language Level: Intermediate and Advanced

Eligibility: Clients of the New Canadians Centre

For more information: Contact Bhisham Ramoutar to find out when the next training course will be offered and to express interest