Language Training

Responding to the needs of English language learners.

77%
of Enhanced Language Training participants secured employment or moved on to further training or education opportunities
60%
of newcomers attending English language classes have a post-graduate degree, bachelor degree or community college diploma

COSTI’s English language programs help newcomers to learn English, learn about Canadian life and culture and feel more engaged with their new communities. In 2019/20, 4,800 newcomers enrolled in English classes across Toronto, the Region of Peel and York Region, with more than half completing a minimum of one level within the year.

In the last quarter of the year, all classes transitioned successfully to online learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 700 students enrolled. Our priorities for the coming year are to explore new approaches in reaching out to individuals who are not able to attend English classes online. We will work on developing flexible language instruction responses and new delivery models to enhance our online classes and address the barriers and challenges preventing newcomers from learning English in the upcoming year.

Childcare Teachers from the Care for Newcomer Children program keep the children engaged while their parents attend their first online Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) classes.