Language Training and Assessment

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, Online CLB (see below) and throughout the province via the Outreach ESL Tutor Program.

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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, Provincial Nominee (PNP), St. Pierre students and any specially designated status by Government.

Evening classes:

Part-time evening classes are offered regularly. Evening classes are open to all newcomers. Please contact the Center by phone or email (LINC info) for more information.

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.

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* 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.

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.

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LINC Home Study Program

The LINC Home Study Program is a distance English as a Second Language (ESL) program offered to eligible immigrants who wish to improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English.

In addition to individual online work, participants also have access to an instructor certified by TESL (Teachers of English as a Second Language) for one half-hour per week.

Online CLB Program

For eligible clients throughout Newfoundland and Labrador who are unable to attend on-site ESL training.  The Online CLB Program provides part-time ESL instruction for 25 hours per month.  The program is designed for clients who have achieved Level 3 and higher.  Instruction takes place online according to the schedule of the client and instructor

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Evening ESL Classes

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

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The ESL Training Centre is a designated site for the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General and LS (Listening and Speaking) and the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) assessments.

Click here to register on the CAEL website to complete the CAEL assessment.

Click here to register on the CELPIP website to complete the CELPIP assessment.

For more information, please contact the ESL Training Centre.


Placement in all language levels is based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT). The Adult Training Centre is the only certified CLB assessment centre in the province and provides English language assessment for eligible clients on-site in St. John’s (for permanent residents only) remove and through remote assessment at its Corner Brook and Grand Falls-Windsor regional offices (for permanent residents, international students, temporary foreign workers, and their spouses).

The Centre is also a designated site for the CELPIP and CAEL assessments. Both are offered on a regular basis.

For information on all ESL programs and assessments in St. John’s contact the ANC Adult ESL Training Centre, 148 Elizabeth Avenue.

For information on programs outside the St. John’s metropolitan area, contact the nearest satellite office.

Childcare Services

The ANC offers on-site provincially-licensed childcare services to eligible immigrants enrolled in classes at the ESL Training Centre in St. John’s (148 Elizabeth Avenue).


The ANC provides transportation to and from classes at the ESL Training Centre to eligible immigrants who demonstrate a need for the service. While transportation is available for all eligible immigrants who live more than two kilometers away from the ESL Training Centre, exceptions are made for those with special needs, disabilities, physician-documented illnesses, for those over 55 years of age, or for those with children under the age of five.

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