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How To Learn Sign Language

Language Training for Canada


Being able to understand and
speak the language of a country is very important
to your success in living and working in that country. Knowledge of one of Canada’s
official languages helps open the door to jobs,
services, news and information. The Government of Canada offers
language classes to help you improve your English or French. You can also
start working to improve your language skills
before you arrive. Language helps
you improve your education and the education
of your children. Language helps you to
meet new people and participate in activities
in your new community. And it helps you
to obtain citizenship. To become a Canadian citizen,
you must show that you have adequate knowledge of one of
Canada’s official languages, measured through the Canadian
Language Benchmarks (CLB). In Canada,
our official languages are English and French. Many Canadians
speak both languages. If you have access
to the Internet, you can take a practice
test in English or French even before
you arrive in Canada. This will give you
an idea of your strengths and what you may need to
work on to improve your skills. It’s easy to do, it takes about
one hour, and there’s no cost. And it will better prepare you
for your formal assessment. When you arrive in Canada,
organizations that provide immigrant services can
help you to get more information about language classes
that can best meet your needs. To enrol in a class, you and
your family will need to have your English or French skills
tested at an assessment centre. Organizations exist
across Canada to help newcomers find those testing facilities. We want you to succeed
in your language studies, so there are different
training options available to suit your needs. Depending on where
you choose to settle, you can take
English or French training. There are training
programs that are paid for by the Government of Canada. Programs such as
Language Instruction for Newcomers
to Canada in English and Cours de langue pour les
immigrants au Canada in French are available
to adult permanent residents or refugees for free. Training
is available at all levels: from very basic
classes for those who have little or no
English or French skills, to advanced classes focused
on workplace-specific skills. For example,
in advanced classes, you can get language
training to help you find a job that matches
your skills and qualifications. These classes may offer
work placements, mentoring, cultural orientation
to the workplace and licensing exam preparation. During language training,
you’ll also get information to help you
get settled in Canada. You’ll learn about housing,
banking, citizenship, rights and responsibilities,
government services, and how to get a job. You can choose to take
full-time or part-time classes, in a classroom or online, during the day,
the evening or the weekend, at all levels
from basic to advanced, at various locations
such as community organizations, schools and colleges, at a time
that is convenient for you and at no charge to you. Some programs offer
child care and provide services for students with special needs. All classes
are taught by qualified, experienced instructors
who want to help you succeed! So remember,
as soon as possible: 1) Take the CLB online
practice language test before you arrive in Canada. 2) Visit an organization
that serves immigrants as soon as possible
once you arrive. 3) Get a
formal language assessment at an assessment centre. 4) Register in language classes. 5) Start taking language
classes at no cost to you and improve
your skills right away! Don’t wait until you
apply for Canadian citizenship to improve your language skills. We look forward to greeting
you in both official languages. Bienvenue au Canada! Welcome to Canada!

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