Language Training and Assessment

Please note: We are following the best advice of public health authorities to minimize the threat of COVID-19. We are gradually resuming classes with a goal of everyone returning by early September. Classes may be split to accommodate distancing requirements. Our staff remains available via e-mail or telephone. 

CELPIP and CAEL testing have resumed with reduced numbers to comply with physical distancing recommendations.


Language Training and Assessment

Since 1989, the ANC has been delivering its English as a Second Language (ESL) Program to immigrants and refugees arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Approximately 200 students attend ESL classes at our two St. John’s locations.

Several dozen others work with itinerant teachers or participate in the LINC study program.

We also conduct Linguistic Eligibility Determination (LED) on behalf of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and operate the only Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB)* Assessment Centre in the province with nine on-site assessors who are certified to administer the Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA)/Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT).

We offer Remote Language Assessments as an alternative to in-person assessments.

These are administered online by a licensed language assessor to assess how well a participant can speak, listen, read, and write in English.

Eligible immigrants can also participate in the Outreach ESL Tutor and, when offered, evening and weekend ESL Classes.

For more information, please contact:

  • Phone: (709) 726-6848
  • Fax: (709) 726-6841
  • Email:

* The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) standard is a descriptive scale of language ability in English as a Second Language (ESL) written as 12 benchmarks or reference points along a continuum from basic to advanced.