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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 studyingLINC 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 600 William Street, Cobourg, ON K9A 3A5 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.

Other Useful Sites

If transportation is an issue, perhaps online learning would be of benefit to you. Many post-secondary schools offer online learning options, there are also free online learning applications such as Duolingo or Memrise, or paid online learning applications such as Rosetta Stone. For everyday translations, applications such as Google Translate may be useful.