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Language Department

Registration and Administrative Office: 720 Spadina Ave., Suite 218
Classroom locations: 720 Spadina Ave., Suite 218


Behnaz Azad
Director of Settlement, Social Services and Language
416-408-4058 Ext: 228

Sharifa Sharif
Language Coordinator
416-408-4058 Ext: 225

Kit Sze Mak
Program Assistant (LINC and ESL)
416-408-4058 Ext:221

We provide language training to newcomers to Canada and assist new immigrants and their families as well as residents and current citizens in adjusting to Canadian culture and environment through Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), English as a second Language (ESL) classes and Citizenship Preparation classes.

We opened our doors in the late 1980s  and started setting up English as a Second Language (ESL) classes through a partnership with the Toronto Catholic District School Board as well as the Toronto District School Board. We started offering Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes in 1992. The eligibility requirements for ESL and LINC differ and we offer child care for those who are enrolled in our LINC classes only. We are very proud of our partnership with the Toronto District School Board. They provide us with teachers for our ESL program. Citizenship and Immigration Canada is our funder for LINC and without them we would not be able to help our community grow through language training.

Our English as a Second Language program teaches students to improve their English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Students learn English quickly and have ample opportunity to speak and participate in English discussions and exercises. Services are available to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, convention refugees or refugee claimants with a study permit. Students must be 18 years of age or older.

This program is delivered by certified instructors and is in partnership with the Toronto District School Board. The program is offered on a part-time basis and most of the instructors are fluent in English and Chinese.

Note: As of September 2014, Citizenship Classes will no longer be offered at University Settlement. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Fees: ESL and Citizenship classes are $10.00 per class, per school year.

Registration: If you would like to register for our English as a Second Language classes please visit our main location at 23 Grange Road, Room 210. You can also contact us for more information.

Our students will:
- develop strategies for effective communication;
- practice speaking and listening comprehension skills in everyday social situations;
- build a solid foundation of grammar in everyday writing; and
- practice applying their English skills through a variety of methods and activities.

ESL and LINC Class Schedule

This program, funded by the Citizenship & Immigration Canada, helps new immigrants and conventional refugees learn English and introduces them to Canadian culture. The classes are taught by qualified instructors through various language training activities. Classes are offered on a full time and part time basis during the week. We offer classes from literacy to level 6 as well as free child care services from Monday to Friday. Travel reimbursement subsidies are available for eligible students.

Fees and Subsidies: LINC classes are FREE. To apply for the travel subsidy, please obtain application forms from LINC instructors or contact one of our Program Assistants.

Registration: If you would like to register for our Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada classes please come to our main location at 23 Grange Road, Room 210. You can also contact our Program Assistants.

Class Details: We strive to provide our students with many opportunities to become active learners by offering different ways of learning, including the following activities:

- Listening Exercises
- Role Playing
- Group Discussions
- Presentations by Guest Speakers
- Field Trips
- Celebrations
- Games

ESL and LINC Class Schedule

Learning in a stress free environment is integral to our students success. However, it can be hard to find time to learn English when you are responsible for caring for young children.

We can help. Our Child Minding Program accepts children from 6 months to 6 years and lets you participate in a LINC class while we watch your children. Our Child Minding Program features:

  • A fun, safe, and secure environment where your children can have fun while you learn
  • Facilities to care for three age groups of children: infants ( 6 to 18 months) toddlers (19 months to 30 months) and preschoolers (2.5 years to 6 years)
  • Well-trained staff, volunteers, and supervisors certified in First Aid and CPR

Open five days a week, our Child Minding Service is a great way for parents or caregivers to take care of themselves and their children at the same time.

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