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Discover online resources for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners, including:

 

 

 


 

 

English Language Tests

 

 

CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment

 

The CAEL tests your ability to use English as it is used in Canadian universities and colleges. The score is used to apply to Canadian universities and colleges and for professional accreditations.

 

 

 

CELPIP - Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

 

CELPIP is a computer delivered test. There are three versions of the test: CELPIP-General, CELPIP-General LS, and CELPIP-Academic. The tests are used for immigration and citizenship purposes, as well as entrance to academic programs and for professional accreditations.

 

 

 

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

 

There are two versions of the test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General. The IELTS Academic test measures your ability to use English in an academic environment. The IELTS General Training test measures your ability to use Everyday English. The score is used for entrance to academic programs and for the purposes of immigration and working in countries where the official language is English.

 

 

 

TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication

 

The TOEIC is a multiple-choice test that assesses your English listening and reading skills. The score is used for the purposes of employment, training, and entrance to academic programs.

 

 

 

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

 

The TOEFL is a university-level English language test. It assesses your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Most test takers take the TOEFL iBT (Internet based test) format online, but a paper based test is still an option. The score is used by Canadian colleges and universities, agencies and other institutions.

 

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English Language Classes

 

Before you can sign up for ESL, LINC or OLST classes, you will need to have your English language abilities assessed. Your English language abilities will be assessed according to the Canadian Language Benchmark standards. You can schedule a language assessment with the CLARS office.

 

  • CLB - Canadian Language Benchmarks
    CLB is the national standard used to assess the English language abilities of newcomers and prospective immigrants. It assesses listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This assessment is used for entrance into LINC, OSLT, and ESL programs.

  • CLARS - YMCA Coordinated Language Assessment Referral Services
    (CLARS) helps newcomers in Kitchener-Waterloo get an official Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment. CLARS also refers clients directly to appropriate language programs.

  • Assess Your English Skills Online
    This website has an unofficial self-assessment tool that can be used to assess reading and listening skills.

 

Learn about different types of programs:

 

  • Immigration Waterloo Region

    English language, translation / interpretation, and language assessement services in Waterloo Region

  • Settlement.org

    English language programs and services in the Waterloo Region for children, youth, and adults


ESL - English as Second Language

 

 

LINC - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

 

 

OSLT - Occupation-Specific Language Training (Engineering, Accounting, Health Care, Technology)

 

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English Conversation Circles and Tutoring

 

English Conversation Circles (ECC) can help ESL learners improve their English through conversation with others. Some community organizations also offer ESL tutoring and homework clubs.

 

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Online English Language Learning Resources

 

 

Apps

 

 

Comprehensive Sites

 

 

Dictionaries

 

 

For Kids

 

 

Grammar

 

 

Listening

 

 

Podcasts

 

  • ESL Pod
    Listen to podcasts about everyday topics

  • CULips
    Listen to podcasts about everyday life in Canada

 

Pronunciation

 

 

Vocabulary

 

 

Workplace English

 

 

YouTube Channels

 

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