Halton District School Board - Gary Allan Learning Centre

Service: Newcomer Language Services

Record #: OAK0357
Last Full Update: 20 Feb 2024

Contact Information

Office Phone 905-337-9476 ext 221 (Oakville)  
905-632-2944 ext 133 (Burlington)  
905-878-2244 ext 282 (Milton)  
905-873-8783 ext 223 (Georgetown)
E-Mail linc-esl@hdsb.ca
Website garyallan.ca/adult-languages-program/
Primary Contact Subhadra Ramachandran, Manager, Adult Languages Program, Halton District School Board; Email: ramachandras@hdsb.ca
Alternate Contact Meena Sahi, In-School Principal, Halton District School Board; Email: sahim@hdsb.ca

Agency Information

Funding Federal - Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Description and Service Details

Description (Service)

Programs provide language training in English (ESL) and French (FSL) for those newcomers to Canada whose first language is neither English nor French

  • programs use the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) curricular standards
  • all instructors are OCELT-certified 

English as a Second Language (LINC/ESL)

  • provides learners with the opportunity to improve their English language proficiency according to their individual learning goals and priorities, in a group setting
  • curriculum is based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) standards 

French as a Second Language (FSL)

  • offers learners opportunities to communicate in French in a variety of travel, leisure and job-related contexts
  • using the NCLC curriculum standards, learners will expand their vocabulary and grammar in a variety of themes related to their daily lives with the help of dedicated & professional FSL instructors 

Employment Language Training (SLT)

  • offers learners opportunities to acquire specific language & communication skills to succeed in a variety of employment sectors
  • using CLB curriculum standards, learners will focus on vocabulary and essential skills needed for the Canadian workplace
  • content in 12 different work sectors are vetted by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and taught by certified language teachers
  • Office 8 am-4 pm
  • Program hours vary, call or email for information
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up
To qualify for the programs, you must be:
  • an adult (18 years or older)
  • a Refugee Claimant, Convention Refugee, Permanent Resident, Landed Immigrant, naturalized Canadian citizen (born outside Canada, where English or French is not their first language), certain categories of Provincial nominee and temporary foreign worker, or a Live-In Caregiver
To register for LINC/ESL/SLT or FSL classes, you must have the following:
  • an up-to-date language assessment
  • immigration documents
  • proof of an Ontario home address
  • If you do not have a current language assessment, please contact the Language Assessment Centre

Call, email or register online

Languages English - primary language of communication ; French ; Hindi ; Macedonian ; Portuguese ; Serbian ; Slovak ; Tamil ; Urdu
Fees None

Site Information

Site Location Offered at various locations in Halton Region
Located In Community Halton Region
Address & Map
Halton Region, ON
Mailing Address New Street Education Centre 
3250 New St 
Burlington, ON L7N 1M8
Physical Access Fully Accessible

Categories and Classification

HCSD Main Heading Newcomers
HCSD Sub Heading English as a Second Language
Service Categories English as a Second Language ; French as a Second Language ; Vocational English as a Second Language

Agency Overview

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