Learning Language in Canada
Knowing English and French helps open the door to jobs, services, news and information in Canada. The following video and the information on this website will help you learn about the steps you can take to improve your language before and after you arrive in Canada. To watch the video about language training in Canada, click HERE.
What is WELARC?
WELARC stands for Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre. We help our clients access English as Additional Language (EAL) and French as a Second Language (FSL) classes in Winnipeg by assessing our clients' communication skills in English or French and then discussing their professional and personal goals with them.
We use the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test to place our clients into the most appropriate EAL programs. The CLBPT measures clients' skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. We use the Batterie de tests de classement-Niveaux de classement linguistique canadiens (BTC-NCLC) to evaluate French-language skills and place clients into French-language learning programs.
Who is eligible?
Permanent Residents and Refugees are eligible to take EAL and FSL classes in Manitoba. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, contact us at 204-943-5387.
How long does the appointment take?The English-language skills assessment and referral appointment can take up to three hours. The French-language assessment and referral appointment can take up to five hours. During the appointment, a client will take listening, speaking, reading and writing assessments. After the assessments, a client will receive the results of the tests. The language assessor will then recommend English or French classes that will best fit the client's needs and goals.
Why should I take English or French classes?English classes (EAL) and French classes (FSL) in Canada focus on helping newcomers improve their communication skills. In Canada, English and French communication skills are very important for working, going to school, and being involved in the community. By attending EAL and/or FSL classes, a newcomer can gain more language skills and may be able to achieve his or her professional and personal goals more easily.
For more information about WELARC or language assessments and programs, please read the pages on our site entitled "Common Questions" and "EAL and FSL Classes in Winnipeg."
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