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Language Training for Adults

There are opportunities in Simcoe County to help adults learn or advance their English and French language skills. Different programs offer different types of instruction and are designed for individuals with different English or French language abilities.

English Programs for Adults

There are programs in Simcoe County to help you learn or practice your English.  These programs are designed to help you improve your English language skills.  It is important to learn what the different programs can provide to you and how they will help you achieve your goals.  For example, some programs are designed to help newcomers learn basic conversational English, while other programs are designed to help more advanced English speakers who are looking for a job in a specific occupation. 

The programs listed below may have different eligibility requirements and registration processes. They are available at no cost to eligible newcomers.  In addition, some programs may offer free child care while you attend classes.  To learn more about a particular program, contact the organizations listed below.

English as a Second Language: Lessons are provided by trained professionals in a classroom setting.  Students will improve speaking and listening, reading and writing skills, as well as learn about Canadian culture. The programs are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.

English as a Second Language​

The Learning Centre​

Address:
Bayfield Mall, 320 Bayfield St.
Unit 68, Barrie, Ontario
L4M 3C1

Phone: 705-725-8360
Website: www.thelearningcentres.com

 

Conversation Circles: Conversation Circles focus on learning "conversational English".  They provide an opportunity to meet other newcomers in your area and practice English in an informal, comfortable setting.  They are guided by a trained professional.

Conversation Circle

Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, Mobile Unit

Locations in: Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Stayner, Orillia and, Alliston

*Individuals and organizations can contact the Mobile Unit to request services at alternate locations

Address:
16655 Yonge Street, Unit 26
Newmarket, ON, L3X 1V6

Phone: 1-877-761-1155
Email: info@welcomecentre.ca
Website:www.welcomecentre.ca

 

English Language Training: The program teaches English language skills in a classroom setting by trained professionals.  There are also opportunities to take these courses online, from your home.

English Language Training

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, Newcomer Services, Newcomer Settlement Program

*Phone to arrange appointments in Innisfil, Midland and Bradford

Address:
Bayfield Mall 
320 Bayfield St, Unit 63A
Barrie, ON L4M 3C1

Phone:  705-797-2020
Website:www.ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca 

Bradford Immigrant & Community Services (BICS)

Address:
11 Holland St E.
Bradford, Ontario, Canada
L3Z 2B8

Phone: 905-775-3343
Email: inquiries@bradfordimmigrant.com
Website: www.bradfordimmigrant.com

 

 Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT): This program provides job-specific English language training and is designed for internationally-trained professionals.

 

Occupation-specific Language Training

Georgian College

Address:
1 Georgian Dr
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9

Phone: 705-728-1968 ext. 5329
Website: www.georgiancollege.ca

Local community organizations and colleges also offer programs for adults to improve their English language skills.  Students may be required to pay a fee for these programs.

To learn more about local programs and services in Simcoe County, contact 211 Community Connection by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting infosimcoecounty.ca.  211 Community Connection provides free, confidential information about human services, and is available in over 150 languages and TTY.

French Programs for Adults

Beginning in September 2013, eligible newcomer adults can attend French as a Second Language (FSL) classes offered by the Simcoe County District School Board's Learning Centres.  This program is available at no cost.  To learn more about this program contact,

French programs for adults​

The Learning Centre, Barrie Campus​

Address:
Bayfield Mall, 320 Bayfield St.
Unit 68, Barrie, Ontario
L4M 3C1

Phone: 705-725-8360
Website: www.thelearningcentres.com

 

College Boreal and Georgian College also offer French language classes for adults who are interested in learning or improving their French.  Students are required to pay a fee for these programs.  To learn more, contact:  

The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.

French programs for adults​​ ​
Collège Boréal of Applied Arts and Technology, French community collegeAddress:
320 Bayfield St, Suite 56a 
Barrie, ON L4M 3C1

Phone: 705-737-9088
Toll Free: 1-800-361-6673
Email: InfoBarrie@collegeboreal.ca
Website: www.collegeboreal.ca

Georgian College Address:
1 Georgian Dr 
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9

Phone: 705-728-1968
Email: inquire@georgianc.on.ca
Website: www.georgiancollege.ca

 To learn more about local programs and services in Simcoe County, contact 211 Community Connection by dialing 2-1-1 or visiting infosimcoecounty.ca.  211 Community Connection provides free, confidential information about human services, and is available in over 150 languages and TTY.

Your local libraries can also help you to find information about French language program opportunities in your community.