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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).

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