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Learning English

Language Programs   A winter night in Whitehorse

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Free ESL Classes


Language Programs

Although many languages are spoken in Yukon homes and some workplaces, English is the predominant language in Yukon. Language training is essential for immigrants who do not speak English.

Several different programs are available for learning English in Whitehorse. Language training opportunities in other Yukon communities are limited.

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Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

The Multicultural Centre of the Yukon offers English language training ranging from basic literacy to CLB 5+ levels. The ESL program concentrates on the language skills you need for integrating into community life and work in Canada, specifically listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. You can develop your English language proficiency at the level you need and progress at your own rate. These government-sponsored classes (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Government of Yukon - Advanced Education) are free of charge for all immigrants regardless of status.

Canada has two official languages: English and French. It is important that as you transition into life in your new country, that you speak one of these languages. This will help you when you apply for a job, to interact with co-workers, to fill out forms and paperwork and even to communicate with your children who will learn English in school.

To determine individual levels in the language program, students will be assessed using the Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT). This will provide information on the current language proficiency/level. Assessments are held on a weekly basis by appointment only.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Yukon College in Whitehorse offers a variety of options for the study of English as a Second Language. Both international students and Canadians are welcome.

Their qualified instructors are eager for you to succeed in your studies. Staff provides a supportive and rewarding environment for students interested in developing their English skills.

Yukon College offers 5 levels of ESL. A certificate is granted after successful completion of each level. You must pay applicable fees to participate in these classes.

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Enhanced Language Training (ELT)

Yukon College also offers a course designed to improve the employability skills of participating permanent residents and protected persons, so that they may find and secure work commensurate with their skills and experience.

Students will develop job-specific language skills, review the Canadian Labour Code, and explore the foreign credential recognition process. Students will also participate in a two-week, full-time work placement. This initiative is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Participants must meet IRCC eligibility criteria.

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Free English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

The Multicultural Centre of the Yukon (MCY) offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The Centre has a number of part-time ESL classes Monday to Sunday, with a continuous intake of participants. Class curriculum focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills along with activities and field trips outside of the classroom setting.

Students in these programs must be assessed prior to class participation. The Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) assesses four language skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking - and will determine student placement in the English program. Assessments are available at the Centre by appointment only.

In the MCY Language Lab, you can work on your own time and schedule using computer software to learn English. Similar to a classroom setting, you will learn English using a combination of images, text, and sound. The software offers varying levels of difficulty which increases as the student progresses. This learning process will allow you to enhance your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

The Language Lab is free to immigrants who are past or present clients or students of the Multicultural Centre of the Yukon. New clients are also welcome to register and use the Language Lab. Participants should also have some basic computer skills. The Lab will be available for use Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Advanced Education
Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6


Physical Address:
1000 Lewes Blvd
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 3H9

Phone: 867-667-5131  Fax: 867-667-8555
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5131

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