Evening/Weekend ESL Classes

Evening English as a Second Language…

Updated March 3, 2021

Note that both Monday and Thursday evening classes are being offered virtually, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please use the contact information below for more information.


Evening/Weekend ESL Classes

Evening English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are held every Monday night from 7-9 pm at the ESL Training Centre in St. John’s (148 Elizabeth Avenue). 

There is a virtual Thursday evening class as well, also from 7-9 p.m. 

Saturday morning classes are also available for spouses of International Students attending Memorial University. For information on THIS PROGRAM ONLY, please contact the MUN Internationalization Office at international@mun.ca.

Please note: both the evening and Saturday classes are delivered in a semester format and have regularly scheduled breaks throughout the year.

For more information, please contact:

  • Phone: (709) 726-6848
  • Fax: (709) 726-6841
  • Email: linc@ancnl.ca

Itinerant ESL Program

For eligible clients in the St. John’s area who are unable to attend on-site ESL training, the Centre’s Itinerant Teacher Program provides part-time ESL instruction for 1.5 – 2 hours per week. Instruction can take place in the client’s home or another designated space according to a schedule suitable to both client and instructor. This program is available to permanent residents only. 

For more information, please contact:

Outreach Tutor Program

For eligible clients outside the St. John’s and Corner Brook areas, the Centre’s Outreach Tutor Program  offers part-time ESL instruction throughout the province. Qualified tutors provide instruction in repeatable 50-hour blocks delivered according to a schedule agreed upon by client and instructor. This program is open to all newcomers.

For more information, please contact:

Summer Programs

Each year, the ANC delivers valuable ESL summer programming for immigrant children and youth. These programs provide youth participants with the opportunity to continue their language training throughout the summer in a safe, welcoming, and enjoyable environment.

ESL Summer Program for Immigrant Children

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Summer Program for Children (ages 5-12) is an eight-week educational program which offers daily activities to help participants develop social and language skills.

Summer Enrichment Program for Immigrant Youth

The Summer Enrichment Program is a 4-week program offering immigrant youth (ages 13-21) the opportunity to participate in programming that reinforces school-acquired knowledge, while also assisting them prepare for the coming school year. This classroom- and curriculum-based program focuses on strengthening math and English skills.

Resources

An Immigrant Parents’ Guide to the Newfoundland and Labrador School System

An Immigrant Parents’ Guide to the Newfoundland and Labrador School System – Albanian
An Immigrant Parents’ Guide to the Newfoundland and Labrador School System – Burmese
An Immigrant Parents’ Guide to the Newfoundland and Labrador School System – English
An Immigrant Parents’ Guide to the Newfoundland and Labrador School System – Nepalese
An Immigrant Parents’ Guide to the Newfoundland and Labrador School System – Spanish

Educational Resources

Check out these great resources to help with your child’s language learning at home:

School Programs

After-School Programs

Elementary and Junior High After-School Homework Clubs

Through a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, the ANC delivers its After-School Homework Club in a number of elementary and junior high schools in the St. John’s Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). These clubs provide a structured environment for immigrant students who are studying English as a Second Language or who require assistance completing homework. The program includes English language lessons, creative writing exercises, group projects, guest speakers/presentations, and extracurricular activities.

Holy Heart of Mary Regional High School After-School Program

This After-School Program provides immigrant youth with academic assistance one afternoon per week through instructor-, peer-, and volunteer-based classroom assistance. The goals of the program are to enhance the linguistic, academic, and social competencies of refugee and immigrant youth while promoting civic engagement and integration.

Lunch Time Programs

FUN (Friends of the United Nations) Club

FUN Club is delivered in partnership with a number of junior high schools in St. John’s with the goal of increasing students’ cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Each session is interactive and discussion-based and involves students sharing information about their own culture.

Children and Youth Programs (CAYP)

Assisting immigrant and refugee children, youth, and their families

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 are 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 information@ancnl.ca. 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 https://www.ancnl.ca/contact-us/.

Please download COVID Alert, Canada’s free COVID-19 exposure notification app. It can alert you and your family to possible exposures before you have symptoms: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html.


The ANC’s Children and Youth Programs division (CAYP) is designed to identify and meet the needs of refugee and immigrant children and youth. The goals of the program are to assist children, youth, and their families as they transition into the Canadian school system, as well as to create an environment that is accepting and welcoming of diversity.

Services offered include:

  • Providing an orientation to the Canadian school system
  • Providing guidance and information to help immigrant students cope with everyday issues
  • Delivering non-therapeutic services to immigrant children and youth experiencing difficulties adjusting to life in Canada
  • Providing links between immigrant students and internal/external resources in the community and/or school
  • Supporting parents as children transition into the Canadian school system
  • Facilitating translation and interpretation services in schools
  • Developing and implementing activities and programs that promote a more inclusive school environment
  • Assisting teachers/administrators in the education of immigrant children and youth

Supports are offered in elementary, junior high, and high schools within the Newfoundland and Labrador English and French School Districts.

For more information, please contact:

Connect online:

Private Sponsorship of Refugees

Supports for Co-Sponsors and Privately-Sponsored Refugees

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 are 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 information@ancnl.ca. 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 https://www.ancnl.ca/contact-us/.

Please download COVID Alert, Canada’s free COVID-19 exposure notification app. It can alert you and your family to possible exposures before you have symptoms: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html.


Through the Government of Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Program, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents can collaborate with a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) (of which the Association for New Canadians is one) to support refugee resettlement in Canada. There are four options for sponsorship:

    • Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program is for individuals or families who wish to sponsor specific people to come to Newfoundland and Labrador.  This helps address one of the most fundamental barriers to the successful settlement, integration, and retention of refugees in Newfoundland and Labrador – family reunification. [NOTE: THE ANC HAS A NEW ONLINE APPLICATION FORM AND FULL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PSR PROGRAM AT THIS LINK COMING SOON]
    • Blended Visa Office Referral (BVOR) Program is designed to provide an opportunity for the general public to support the resettlement of a refugee identified by the UNHCR.
    • Joint Assistance Sponsorship (JAS) Program is designed to support refugees who have special needs. IRCC and settlement agencies work with co-sponsors to help refugees adjust to life in Canada by giving them settlement help and emotional support.
    • Rainbow Refugee Assistance Project (RRAP) is a blended refugee sponsorship initiative to encourage the sponsorship of refugees who are persecuted on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. 

In addition to providing community groups and individuals with support and assistance during the sponsorship process, this program is especially vital to the retention of sponsored immigrants, as it strives to meet their unique needs by providing a mechanism to support those who are ineligible for other reunification options.  


If you are interested in becoming a co-sponsor or are interested in sponsoring a refugee, please contact: psrancnl@gmail.com

Life Skills Program

The ANC’s Life Skills Program provides eligible immigrants with in-depth, North American-based life skills orientations. Topics include:

  • Living in an apartment building (e.g., garbage disposal, recycling, elevators, safety, use of common areas, etc.)
  • Budgeting
  • Using appliances in a safe and appropriate manner
  • Laundry
  • Personal hygiene
  • Using domestic and personal cleaning products
  • Canadian plumbing system and use
  • Canadian heating system and use
  • Products, packaging, and simple food preparation
  • Canadian cultural orientation/cultural norms in public spaces

Orientations are tailored according to participant needs.

A detailed Life Skills Handbook is available in English, French, Arabic, Swahili, Tigrinya, Nepali, and Kirundi (links).

 

 

Family Support and Counselling

The ANC offers a wide range of services to support healthy family relationships, such as:

  • Short-term individual and family counselling
  • Supports for stay-at-home mothers and their pre-school-aged children
  • Family development workshops on:
  • Appropriate discipline
  • Canadian legal system
  • Conflict resolution
  • Effective communication
  • Stress management
  • Family separation

The ANC works in collaboration with family service organizations and other related stakeholders to provide services to immigrants who may be experiencing family issues.