Do you want to improve your English?
Thursday, December 7, 2017

There are lots of options for you in Surrey, but they are hard to find. Programs come and go, so how do you know where to start? This article is a short look at where to start your search.

LINC Classes

LINC stands for “Language Instruction for Newcomers in Canada.” To take free LINC classes, you need to be age 17 or older, be approved for permanent residence, and have a Canadian status document.

Before you can start your LINC classes, you need to have your language level assessed. To get assessed, visit:

Surrey Language Assessment Centre
#202, 7337 - 137th Street, Surrey BC
Telephone: 604-507-4150

Once assessed, you will then be given a referral to one of these agencies, who offer LINC classes:

You will likely be put on a waitlist before you can start class, which means you will have to wait a short time. What can you do to improve your English while you wait?

I want to talk and practice my English.

Go to your local library or recreation centre for free drop-in programs such as Conversation Circles and ESL Book Clubs!

Other free drop-in conversation groups are offered by lots of agencies. If you live in Surrey City Centre, visit the Muslim Food Bank or the Middle East Friendship Centre. If you live in South Surrey, visit Alexandra Neighbourhood House. Umoja Operation Compassion Society even has a drop-in sewing program where you can learn to sew while practicing your English! They are located in Guildford.

Lots of other conversation groups will be advertised on the bulletins boards of your local settlement service provider. If there is a mosque, church, or temple in your neighbourhood, check with them to see if they have English conversation clubs!

I have a family to take care of and can’t go to LINC classes. What might work for me?

MOSAIC’s Family Literacy Program has a flexible schedule and child care is offered on site.

I need help before I can be ready to take LINC classes. Where do I start?

Middle East Friendship Centre offers an informal program with classes at all levels, which cover speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Umoja Operation Compassion Society offers a Literacy and Life Skills program where you can develop your English skills while learning about life in Canada.

I need a bit of a challenge! What programs suit me?

DIVERSEcity’s Learning Ahead program  lets you take control of your own language learning. While checking in monthly, you build your own portfolio of writing samples, email correspondence, applications forms, while proceeded at your own pace.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s English Language Studies courses are ideal for those looking to transition or upgrade into university-level education. Adult Upgrading Grants (AUG) to cover tuition are available to students with financial needs.

SFU Surrey offers three full-time immersion programs to help you learn English if you want to go to university as well as customizable programs that are suited to your needs!

Source: Informal English Language Learning in Surrey Report and our LIP Partners!