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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.
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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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