Education

Education is very important to most Canadians. There are many opportunities in Ontario for you and your family members. Find information about the different school systems in Ontario, education opportunities for adults and learning English as a second language.

ESL for Adults

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How can I improve my English conversation skills?

There are many ways to help you improve your English speaking skills.

Ontario is a multicultural province with many residents who were once newcomers to Canada. Most people are very understanding and will try and help you learn English. So, don't be shy - get out and meet people. Speak in English to everyone you meet. Here are some other things you can do to improve your English conversation skills:

  • Find a conversation group
    Some local groups have informal conversation classes where new immigrants come together to practice their English. These groups might meet at a local community centre, school, English as a Second Language (ESL) class, or at a settlement agency. To find an organization near you that may have a conversation group , call 2-1-1 and talk to a Community Information Centre (1) representative.. 
    If you can't find a conversation group and know of other newcomers who are interested, start one yourself at your local community centre or settlement agency.
  • Watch television
    Watching television shows can help you learn common English language phrases and slang. Children's shows like Sesame Street can help you learn the basics of the English language and some French too! It is also a great chance to spend quality time with your children and work on your English speaking skills together.
  • Read out loud
    Pick up a newspaper and read it out loud. This will give you a chance to feel comfortable speaking while you get caught up on the news.
  • Share your language skills from your home country with a Canadian
    There are a lot of Canadian-born students learning other languages. You can contact some colleges, universities or specialized language schools which may have students who want to practice speaking your first language, and you can practice speaking English with them.

If you try some of these things, you will find that you're reading, writing and speaking English very easily and without much effort.

For more information:

(1)Community Information Centres (CICs):
http://findlink.at/CICs