Fall/September 2021 Classes

Fall 2021 Course Information for LINC & ESL 

We will be offering HYBRID (in person + online) and FULLY ONLINE, adult LINC and ESL non- credit classes that are free for eligible adult immigrants.

To Register for classes: 

  • You must be eligible with immigration status of REFUGEE CLAIMANT or CONVENTION REFUGEE or PERMANENT RESIDENT or LIVE-IN CAREGIVER or NATURALIZED CANADIAN CITIZEN 
  • You must have a valid language assessment
  • You must have daily access to a laptop, computer or tablet
  • You must have an email address

Registration is online and now open for our DAY & NIGHT CLASSES. 

NOTE: Course details, including schedule, duration, capacity,  are subject to change

English classes will be available in two formats this school year:

1. HYBRID (in-person + online) DAY Classes (September 13, 2021 - December 17, 2021) offered at our Whitby location and 2 Ajax locations:

  • Group A: Monday & Tuesday in-person (at school) and Wednesday, Thursday & Friday online (at home)
  • Group B: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday in-person (at school) and  Monday & Tuesday online (at home)
  • All students must participate everyday during the scheduled class time
  • Daily COVID-19 screening prior to arriving at school and protocols in place, based on Durham Region Health
  • Students will be given a schedule and must attend in person only during their Group days
  • Course details, including schedule, duration, capacity,  are subject to change

Morning HYBRID Classes* 
Monday to Friday
8:30am-11:30am

Afternoon HYBRID Classes* 
Monday to Friday
12:00pm-3:00pm

Ajax Sites

  • Ajax Welcome Centre and
  • Ajax Continuing Education Centre

(458 Fairall Street, Ajax ON L1S 1R6)

In Person classes

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 1 and CLB 2

You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills for everyday communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills 

  • Increase your vocabulary for everyday use
  • Get in person support from your instructor
  • Use technology to reach your goals

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 3, CLB 4 and CLB 5

 You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills to prepare for higher education

  • Increase your vocabulary for the workplace
  • Get in person support from your instructor
  • Use technology to reach your goals

Whitby Site

Whitby Language Centre

(1003 Giffard Street, Whitby ON L1N 2S3)

In Person Classes

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 1, CLB 2 and CLB 3

You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills for everyday communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills 

  • Increase your vocabulary for everyday use
  • Get in person support from your instructor
  • Use technology to reach your goals

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 4, CLB 5 and CLB 6

 You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills to prepare for higher education

  • Increase your vocabulary for the workplace
  • Get in person support from your instructor
  • Use technology to reach your goals

Ajax Sites

  • Ajax Welcome Centre and
  • Ajax Continuing Education Centre

(458 Fairall Street, Ajax ON L1S 1R6)

In Person Classes

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 1 and CLB 2

You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills for everyday communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills 

  • Increase your vocabulary for everyday use
  • Get in person support from your instructor
  • Use technology to reach your goals

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 3, CLB 4 and CLB 5

 You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills to prepare for higher education

  • Increase your vocabulary for the workplace
  • Get in person support from your instructor
  • Use technology to reach your goals

Whitby Site

Whitby Language Centre

(1003 Giffard Street, Whitby ON L1N 2S3)

In Person Classes

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 5 and CLB 6

 You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills to prepare for higher education

  • Increase your vocabulary for the workplace
  • Get in person support from your instructor
  • Use technology to reach your goals

2.  ONLINE DAY Classes (September 13 - December 17, 2021): students will attend class virtually/online using Zoom and the D2L Brightspace learning platform, Monday to Friday, during the scheduled morning or afternoon class times.  The class will be divided into Synchronous Learning (teacher and students at the same time virtually) and Asynchronous Learning (student works online).

Morning ONLINE Classes 
Monday to Friday
8:30am-11:30am

Afternoon ONLINE Classes 
Monday to Friday
12:00pm-3:00pm

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 1 and CLB 2

You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills 

  • Increase your vocabulary for everyday use
  • Use technology to reach your goals

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 3 & CLB 4

 You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills 

  • Increase your vocabulary for the workplace and higher education
  • Improve your technology skills

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 5 & CLB 6

 You will:
  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills to prepare for higher education

  • Increase your vocabulary for the workplace
  • Get in person support from your instructor
  • Use technology to reach your goals
 Academic English for CLB 7 and CLB 8
  What you will learn:
  • Note taking & Summarizing
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Useful test-taking strategies and skills for advanced education other standardized tests
  • Develop your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
  • Gain the confidence you need for credit courses, training courses and post secondary education

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 2 and CLB 3

You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills 

  • Increase your vocabulary for everyday use
  • Use technology to reach your goals

Everyday English Classes:

CLB 3, CLB 4 and CLB 5

You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills 

  • Increase your vocabulary for the workplace and higher education
  • Improve your technology skills
 Everyday English Classes:

CLB 5 & CLB 6

 You will:
  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills to prepare for higher education

  • Increase your vocabulary for the workplace
  • Get in person support from your instructor
  • Use technology to reach your goals
  Academic English for CLB 7 and CLB 8
 What you will learn:
  • Note taking & Summarizing
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Useful test-taking strategies and skills for advanced education other standardized tests
  • Develop your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
  • Gain the confidence you need for credit courses, training courses and post secondary education

 NIGHT SCHOOL 

Online classes from September 28, 2021 - December 9, 2021 on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Students will attend class virtually using Zoom and online using the D2L learning platform, two nights per week.  The class will be divided into Synchronous Learning (teacher and students at the same time virtually) and Asynchronous Learning (student works online).

*NOTE: Courses offered at night have CHANGED.

 CLB 2&3 Everyday English 

You will:

  • Improve your listening & speaking skills for everyday communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills 

  • Increase your vocabulary for everyday use
  • Use technology to reach your goals
 
 CLB 4&5 English for the Workplace
 You will:
  • Improve your listening & speaking skills to improve communication
  • Improve your reading & writing skills 

  • Increase your vocabulary for the workplace and higher education
  • Improve your technology skills
 CLB 5,6 & 7

 What you will learn:

  • Note taking & Summarizing
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Useful test-taking strategies and skills 
  • Develop your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
  • Improve your technology skills

CLB 4+ Understanding Canada for Citizenship Preparation 

5 week course: November 9 - December 9, 2021
 You will:
  • Learn about Canadian geography, history, culture and government
  • Gain an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship
  • Practice test questions
  • Improve English language skills 

Important Information

* Course details, including schedule, duration, capacity, are subject to change

  • Technology is needed for HYBRID and ONLINE learning formats, in order to complete the online/virtual lessons from home
  • D2L is an online website which will be the learning platform used by all classes
  • Availability of hybrid and online courses will be dependent on site capacity and needs
  • In person/hybrid students will be assigned to be in Group A or Group B which will allow for physical distancing and must complete a COVID screening PRIOR to arrival at school EACH DAY
  • For students who want full day classes only one class can be hybrid
  • Continuous Enrolment for all classes
  • You will be contacted by email when a seat is available for you to start to study 

To register, you must have a valid/current language assessment!

1. Do you need a Language Assessment?

Click here to contact the Language Assessment Centre to book an appointment

Language assessments are provided by appointment only.  Call 1-855-330-8655 or email ysla@achev.ca to book an assessment.

2. Ready to Register?

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

3. Important Information:

  • Attendance Policy - students must participate each day (Monday - Friday) using the Zoom and D2L platforms.  Poor attendance will result in removal from the class
  • Technology Required - students must have a computer, Chromebook, tablet or laptop to participate in the class. If you only have a cellphone/smartphone you will not be able to fully participate in the class.  All classes are online
    • The Ajax Library has a lending/borrowing program available for residents of Durham.  Contact the library if you need a Chromebook or tablet visit the Ajax Library website: http://www.ajaxlibrary.ca/  or call 905-683-4000 ext. 8809
  • Contact us at LearnEnglish@dcdsb.ca for more information

 Health and Safety Information

Students must self-assess daily for COVID-19 related symptoms before arriving to school (visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

Please note that visitors are not permitted at the school unless they have booked an appointment with the main office or with a teacher.   

  • Students are only permitted to attend class on their scheduled day and time.   
  • Students must ensure that the main office has your updated cell phone and email address so that Continuing Education can communicate with you.  Email this information to LearnEnglish@dcdsb.ca and in your email identify your name, contact information, and if you are attending the Whitby, Ajax Welcome Centre or Ajax Continuing Education Campus.   

Health and Safety Information – Please review before coming to school 

 The health and safety of our students and staff is our priority and we are actively working with Durham Region’s Health Department to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our school.  The following are some of the actions we are taking to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our school:  

  • enhanced cleaning and air ventilation in the school.  
  • signage and reminders to physically distance and wash your hands  
  • reducing the number of contacts among individuals in the school, including students, staff, and others.  
  • visitors (eg. parents, guardians and community members) only allowed in the school by appointment.   
  • Should a student or staff member exhibit symptoms, the school will work with the public health department to contact trace and test    
  • In the event of an outbreak, there may be a need to transition to online learning for a period of time   
  • Students and staff will be unable to share materials.  This means students must bring their own pens/pencils, notebook, etc.  

Masking   

  •  Masks are required while in the school. Where physical distancing is not possible outdoors, masking is required. 

 Screening  

  • All students and staff are required to conduct daily screening for symptoms of COVID-19 before attending school using the COVID-19 school screening tool

PLEASE DO NOT GO TO SCHOOL IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR HAVE NOT PASSED THE SELF ASSESSMENT. 

  • For ease of access a direct link to the Covid-19 school self-screening tool is now available on the DCDSB app. Students and staff with mobile devices are encouraged to download the free DCDSB app from Apple App Store or Google Play. The app can be located by searching “Durham Catholic District School Board”. 
  • The self-screening tool can also be accessed at www.dcdsb.ca

Confirmation of Self-Assessment for All Students 

  •  All students will be required to confirm that self-screening has been completed if they are entering the school. This can be confirmed by signing the self-assessment checklist located either in the main office or outside the classroom door, and prior to entering the classroom. 

Congregating 

  • To support provincial efforts to stop further spread of COVID-19, students are asked to not congregate during non-instructional time, such as before/after school. 
  • Family or friends who are dropping off and picking up students are asked to refrain from gathering and adhere to physical distancing protocols at all times. The use of masks/face coverings are strongly encouraged for all family/friends even when outside. 

*Please note that visitors are not permitted at the school unless they have booked an appointment with the main office or with a teacher*

Sick at School

  • Students who become ill at school will be isolated and must be picked up from school as soon as possible. It’s important to note that symptomatic students will not be able to use public transportation.  
  • If you’re worried you or any member of your household has been exposed to COVID-19 or develops symptoms, please self-isolate and seek clinical assessment by:  
    • Contacting Durham Health Connection Line 905-668-2020 or 1-800-841-2729 and;  
    • Completing the Lakeridge Health online assessment form at covidswab.lh.ca to get an appointment at the COVID-19 Assessment Clinic. 
    • Note: The COVID-19 Assessment Clinic does not accept walk-ins.