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Language Training

English is the main language spoken in Northumberland County.

The ability to speak, read and write in English at a basic, working level will really help you to get a job.

To improve your English language skills, you can attend classes in the area.

You can also choose to study English on your own. The Cobourg Public Library  provides books, CDs, DVDs and databases to help you learn English and study for English language tests (for example IELTS, CELPIP). You can borrow these resources for free. All you need is a library card.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

To join the LINC class, you must be 18 years of age or older and be a Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant), Convention Refugee, or have Intent-to-Land Status (notice from the government that you have met the eligibility requirements for permanent residence). You must also be able to provide proof of your immigration status.

Young lady studyingCurrently, there is no LINC class available in Northumberland; however, there is LINC Home Study. LINC Home Study lets you learn English at home using the Internet (or CD's) while communicating weekly with a qualified instructor.

For more information on the LINC program, contact: New Canadians Centre 50 Covert St., 2nd Floor, Cobourg, ON K9A 4L1 at (905)-377-8100, or send an e-mail to the Cobourg Office Settlement Counsellor.

There may also be a LINC or other government ESL programs within driving distance of Northumberland. If you are interested in attending an ESL class in another area, you can search online to find other programs throughout Ontario.

The New Canadians Centre in Cobourg also offers weekly English Conversation Classes. The classes are free and open to all. The New Canadians Centre may also be able to help you find a free tutor. A tutor is a volunteer who will work with you one-on-one.

LINC participants are eligible for assistance with childcare or monthly bus passes while in LINC class.

Current Programs that Aim to Enhance your English-language Skills

  • Around the World Through Food and Cuisine

This is an exciting program that supports the integration of newcomers and encourages cultural understanding in our community. Meet new friends, enhance your English-conversational skills while learning new recipes. This program is free and you will go through a series of training and workshop modules on food and cooking. As participants you will learn about local business resources that might help you as you start or expan your business. to participated fill an online registration form or send an e-mail to Emilio Ojeda. 

  • Northumberland Language Mentoring Through Skype

The Skype Seniors Project:  Language Support for Newcomers is designed to engage seniors inNorthumberland (mostly residing in Cobourg, the largest town) to assist newcomers with their conversational English skills. This project will use technology (Skype) as a method to link seniors with newcomers.  This Skype relationship will allow the "Skype Friends" to have guided conversations over a set period of time. There is NO COST involved to participate in this program, but you must register online  or send an e-mail to Tarin Lewis

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