Language Training and Assessment

Updated August 12, 2021

The ANC remains vigilant against the risk of COVID-19. As a direct service provider, we are continuing most of our current COVID-19 protocols on all ANC premises. The one exception is that our offices are now readily open to the public, and drop-in services is more available. We continue to encourage that visitors make appointments, but it is no longer required.

All other COVID-19 preventative measures remain in effect. Staff members continue to wear masks and we ask that visitors to our office do so as well.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the ANC staff member you work with, or you can email us at If you are unsure where to direct your inquiry, please phone our main reception number in St. John’s at 709-722-9680 or visit

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Updated April 23, 2021

Please note: We are following the best advice of public health authorities to minimize the threat of COVID-19. Classes have resumed at the ESL Training Centre under enhanced health precaution protocols. ESL classes are being offered with reduced numbers per classroom, and in two cohorts.  

CELPIP testing is being offered at reduced capacity. Meanwhile, CAEL testing is on hold. We continue to discourage drop-in visits to all our facilities. If you have questions contact your teacher. If you are NOT already an ESL student, contact us using the information below.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

The ANC offers English as a Second Language (ESL) training based on the federal Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) curriculum guidelines and the national standard Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).* All instruction is provided by qualified instructors. On-site classes are offered at the ANC’s Adult ESL Training Centre in St. John’s and the ANC’s regional office in Corner Brook. Part-time instruction is also offered in the St. John’s area through the Itinerant Teacher Program and throughout the province via the Outreach ESL Tutor Program

St. John’s

Day classes: Both full- and part-time classes are offered at the Association’s Adult ESL Training Centre in St. John’s. Classes are open to permanent residents only. 
Evening classes: Part-time evening classes are offered regularly. Evening classes are open to all newcomers. Please contact the Center for this semester’s schedule.

Corner Brook

Part-time classes are available with both day and evening schedules classes are open to all. Please contact the Corner Brook Regional Office for more information. 

Contact us for more information

  • ESL Training Centre
    Phone: (709) 726-6848
    Fax: (709) 726-6841
  • Corner Brook office
    Phone: (709) 634-2656

* 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. Learn more on the CLB website.