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Language Programs2024-01-29T17:31:37-04:00

Newcomer Connections

Language Programs

Interested in improving your English language skills? You’ve come to the right place!

LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)

At Newcomer Connections, we offer the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. This is a government-funded program of English language classes for Permanent Residents who are 18 years of age or older. In these classes, clients can improve their English and learn about Canadian culture.

We use the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and Portfolio-Based Learning Assessments (PBLA) as standards to assess our clients’ language progress. Our classes range from CLB 1-8.

To be enrolled in LINC, clients must set up an appointment for their CLB Placement Test. Once their language results are out, the Language Program Advisor will assign them to their appropriate English level class. We know our clients are busy, if they are unable to attend LINC classes in person, Monday to Friday, they may be eligible for Online LINC courses, depending on their placement results. If there are no spaces available, they will be put on a waiting list and contacted by the program advisor when a space becomes available.

Starting LINC

LINC classes are offered daily, Monday to Friday. Classes are offered 3 times a day:

Morning Value 9:00am – 12:00pm
Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Evening 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Parking

All YMCA customers, members, clients are welcome to park (free of charge) at our YMCA parking lot (see below picture).

Newcomer Language Programs Parking

Bus Transportation

We are close to a bus stop for the following buses:

Taxi Information

Vets Taxi 506-658-2020
Diamond Taxi 506-648-8888
Royal Taxi 506-652-5050

Practice English

While you wait to be placed in a LINC class or Home Study, you can practice speaking English. Below are other programs in Saint John that offer opportunities to practice English:

Name Location When Time Phone Email
Saturday Socials (SJNC) 75 Prince William St, Suite 100 Saturdays 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 506-642-4242 welcome@sjnewcomers.ca
Come Together the Canadian Way (PRUDE Inc.) 165 Union Street, 3rd floor Monday to Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 506-634-3088 robert@prudeinc.org
One-on-one Sessions (PRUDE Inc.) 165 Union Street, 3rd floor Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Afternoons 506-634-3088 robert@prudeinc.org
English Classes for Beginners (PRUDE Inc.) 165 Union Street, 3rd floor Fridays 10:30 am – 11:30 am 506-634-3088 robert@prudeinc.org 

Contact Us

For more information about our programs, reach out to our youth advisors at LINC@saintjohny.ca.

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