Learning Language in Canada
Knowing English or French helps open the door to jobs, services, news and information in Canada. This 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.
What is WELARC?
WELARC stands for Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre. We help our clients access English as Additional Language (EAL) classes in Winnipeg by assessing our clients' communication skills in English and discussing their professional and personal goals.
We use the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test which is designed to place people in the most appropriate EAL classes and measures four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Who is eligible?
Permanent Residents and Refugees are eligible to take EAL classes in Manitoba. If you are not sure you are eligible, contact us at 204-943-5387.
How long does the appointment take?The assessment appointment can take up to three hours. During that time, a client has a Listening and Speaking assessment as well as Reading and Writing assessments. After that, a client will receive the results and speak to his assessor about English classes that will best fit his or her needs and goals.
Why should I take English classes?English classes (EAL) in Canada are focused on helping newcomers improve their communication skills. Communication skills are very important in all aspects of life in Canada, such as at work, at school, and in the community. By attending EAL classes, a person can gain more language skills, and may be able to achieve his or her professional and personal goals more easily. Attending EAL classes also helps with becoming part of the community.
For more information about WELARC, assessments and EAL programs, please read the pages on our site entitled "Common Questions" and "EAL Classes in Winnipeg."
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