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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING (ELL) PROGRAMS

Please note, we have recently changed the name of our programming from ESL (English as a Second Language) to ELL (English Language Learning) to better reflect our programs and community.

ELL Conversation Circle – This social group will meet on the first Thursday of the month @ 6:30pm, beginning October 4th. Come out to meet and talk English with other newcomers, exchange information, and learn about other services and resources in the area. Free, drop in.

SPEAKeasy English – Come out to engage in guided English conversations on a variety of topics, including, school, travel, shopping, health, sports, politics, current affairs, etc. Program runs Wednesday’s 10:30-12, beginning September 19th. Free, drop in.

ELL Tutoring – Work one on one with a fluent English-speaking volunteer to build your English language skills. Participants must register. Please contact madeline.king@wsplibrary.ca for more information. Free.

ELL Book Club – We have two ELL book clubs that meet Friday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Participants must register. Please contact kate.scheiers@wsplibrary.ca for more information. Free.

If you’re interested in volunteering with any of these programs, please fill out our online application.

 

COLLECTIONS

WSPL has book club kits specifically for English language and literacy learners. Click here for a list of kits, select only ones that have ELL/LIT next to the title.

We also have lots of individual book titles specifically for new English language literates.

TOEFL, & IELTS guidebooks

Mango Languages offers online language learning courses through our digital library, including English for over 20 other language speakers.

 

MORE ELL AND NEWCOMER SERVICES & RESOURCES

Adult English Language Classes in the Community

York District School Board

EastRidge Church

Welcome Wagon

Welcome to Canada

What you should know from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Cultural Access Pass

Free admission to museums, art galleries, science centres, national parks, marine conservation areas, historic sites, and more for new citizens.

Welcome to Ontario

Information on living, working, and studying from Ontario Immigration.

Settling in Ontario

User friendly website with all the information you need to know for starting out in Ontario. Check out the Translated Information tab for information in over 30 different languages.

COSTI

COSTI provides youth and adult employment services to recent Canadian immigrants and refugees residing in the Greater Toronto Area, in addition to a range of educational and social services.

York Region

Immigrant Services

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services is a one-stop service designed to guide and support immigrants in Durham and York Regions.

Immigration Portal

This information hub is excellent for newcomers living, working, and adjusting to life here in the York Region.

Public Libraries in York Region

Welcome to Your Library (Arabic)

Welcome to Your Library (Chinese)

Welcome to Your Library (English)

Welcome to Your Library (Farsi)

Welcome to Your Library (French)

Welcome to Your Library (Gujarati)

Welcome to Your Library (Russian)

Welcome to Your Library (Spanish)

 

LANGUAGE TEST RESOURCES

The Canadian Language Benchmarks – Online Self-Assessment

The Canadian Language Benchmarks, or CLB, are used in Canada to teach and test language learning for adults. The CLB focuses on what English is needed for daily life in Canada.

CANADA VISA – IELTS Practice tests

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the standardized test that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recognizes as proof of English language ability for immigration purposes. Find free online practice tests here.

CanTEST

The CanTEST is a standardized English proficiency test used to determine if you can meet admission requirements of Canadian postsecondary institutions or fluency requirements of professional licensing associations. This website contains information regarding test dates, fees, process.