Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
|Welcome to the Edmonton Catholic Schools (ECSD) Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. We are a not-for profit organization funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to provide language instruction to refugees, landed immigrants and permanent residents.|
ECSD first opened its doors to the LINC program in 1992. It has had various forms of English as a Second Language Instruction (ESL) programs before, but this was the start of a new program initiated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or IRCC (previously known as Citizenship and Immigration Canada or CIC). It has grown from a small program of a few classes to one of the largest LINC programs in Edmonton with 86 staff and 1600 students per year. In recent years, we have developed and incorporate a digital learning element into our overall language instruction.
We currently operate in three schools: Clareview Recreation Centre (Literacy students only) offered in 3 programs: morning, afternoon and part-time evening; St. Patrick offers Literacy through CLB 4 in the daytime and part-time CLB 1 through 6 in the evening; and, St. Francis of Assisi which is a Women's only literacy program. See locations for specific information regarding each school.
In all levels of both learning streams (Literacy and CLB), we practice Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) and Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA). We also provide support services which include: Student Counsellors/Advisors, and childcare for full time students at two locations (St. Patrick and St. Francis).