ESL / EAL: English as a Second/Additional Language
VCLA has been providing English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes for many years with students coming from very diverse backgrounds, for example: Romania, China, Russia, Columbia, Croatia, Japan, Peru, Germany, Chile and many other countries. We have a kind and passionate staff offering small group sessions or one-to-one tutoring, set at convenient times, to address the specific language learning needs of the participants.
Our classes present learning opportunities to develop English skills for both daily life and the workplace. They are a means of connecting with others that have like-experiences and forming friendships. They provide a forum to share information regarding other immigration and community services available and to share immigration concerns and to seek solutions for challenges that possible language barriers may present.
There are three main levels of learning – basic, intermediate and advanced. Assessments are provided to help the clients find their perfect fit, to ensure success. Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels can be assessed and our needs assessment determines learning priorities. Tutoring and/or classes are part-time and usually take place once or twice a week. VCLA works in partnership with other immigrant service providers, such as ISIS (Immigration Settlement Integration Services). This program is funded by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. Currently classes are offered in Kentville, Wolfville, and Middleton. Intake is continuous from September to May.
Aside from weekly classes, social and cultural activities are organized and available to participants of the program throughout the year. These include such things as potlucks (where all classes have the opportunity to come together and socialize and form new friendships), cultural visits (Ross Farm Museum, Grand Pre Historical Site, Pier 21, Halifax) and class visits to local service providers such as libraries, banks, etc.