Submitted by Todd Kitzler, Language Services Manager
ICA’s LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) program is starting the 2017-2018 school year this month. Classes started on September 11. ICA offers 36 classes in the morning, afternoon and evening from Literacy to advanced levels. There are currently 530 students enrolled. We would like to take this time to welcome all students back to school.
The LINC program is funded by IRCC and is offered across Canada. LINC focusses on helping students learn practical English that will help them to settle in their communities. The curriculum is based on monthly themes such as Education, Health and Safety, Commercial Services, Employment, Canada, Travel and Transportation, Government and Community Services, and Family and Relationships. These themes are then broken down into more specific topics based on the needs of the students in each class. Teachers conduct needs assessments on a regular basis to determine the topics to be addressed in their classes. The content of lessons is task based, and focusses on real language needed to complete daily communicative tasks. Examples of some tasks are: talking to your doctor about a medical problem, reading your child’s report card from school, writing an email to complain about service in a retail store, listening to directions on how to get to city hall. Teachers assess their students’ ability to perform similar tasks regularly and use these assessments to determine progression to the next level. LINC’s settlement based approach to language training makes it quite unique and a good starting point for newcomers to Canada; some of whom may go onto other language training programs in pursuit of their employment and educational goals.
The LINC program at ICA looks forward to working with all our students to help them succeed in reaching their goals.