English Language Training

Summer Classes

Two different English Classes will run in July & August.  Register today to participate in the fun activities with the summer classes.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

VDISS provides free English classes for eligible immigrants 17 years and older.  Students learn English through settlement-related topics to help learn about Canada, British Columbia and our local community.   Joining the class is a great way to meet other newcomers in the community, prepare for the Canadian citizenship application and practice all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing).  Childcare is offered free of charge to eligible parents.

Topics covered in the classes include (but are not limited to):

    1. Housing
    2. Transportation
    3. Health
    4. Education
    5. Community resources, events and attractions


Activities that LINC students have had the opportunity to participate in include:

  1. Potlucks & social events
  2. Field trips to local parks, festivals and service agencies
  3. Volunteering in the community
  4. Cooking classes
  5. Guest speakers from local employers, cultural groups and service agencies
  6. Many more

Registration is easy!

  1. Contact us by:
    1. Phone: 250-542-4177
    2. Email: englishVDISS@shaw.ca
    3. In-Person:  #100 – 3003 30th Street
  2. Arrange a CLB assessment with the Language Coordinator (approximately 1.5 hours) to find out which class is best for you.

What is CLB?

    • Begin class and start improving your English!

LINC 1-3

This beginner's class meet Monday to Thursday throughout the year. Learners are welcome to join the class at any time. The class accommodates from a literacy level to upper beginners. Students practice the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing while learning about the community and Canadian Society.

LINC 4/5

This Intermediate class helps learners improve their level of English aiding in the process of job searches, community participation and self esteem. Students practice the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing while preparing for improvements in employment and life situations. An optional practicum is available after the levels are completed.

The LINC 4/5 class at the Court House








LINC 6/7

Level 6/7 is an advanced proficiency level of English instruction.  These classes will focus  on supporting social interaction and other forms of communication to encourage and foster newcomers’ smooth transition into Canadian communities and communities of practice.  There will be a strong emphasis on socio-cultural and soft skill competencies.  For example, for education or employment at this level, the focus will be on intercultural and interactive communicative skills rather than just information.