ESL learners want to work in Canada

PAL and CCPL announce new English practice group starting

By Mary Packham


Partner Assisted Learning (PAL) and Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy (CCPL) are pleased to announce a new English practice group.

The free After Work English Café will support employed ESL learners, and those seeking employment.

This new weekly program begins tomorrow (Jan. 24) and continues until June.

We will meet at the Community Employment Centre at 808 Alpine Ave. Go in the front door and turn left. Parking is available.

You are welcome to drop in after 4:30 p.m. each Thursday. Between 4:30 and 5 p.m., we will offer resources and work on new vocabulary, idioms and enjoy a light snack.

Between 5 and 6 p.m., we will offer discussion topics along with guest speakers. Suggested topics include information about work strategies, work-related training, Canadian employment practices and law, the differences in resumes, curriculum vitae, and cover letters in Canada, immigration topics, Canadian Language Benchmark testing and Canadian Citizenship.

We will also introduce you to local employers, employment agency staff and other related community service providers who will answer your questions.

After the discussion, there will be time for networking to support vocabulary development on work-related topics and further literacy support as needed.

We are also interested in hearing your feedback about the challenges you have experienced and also what you wish you knew when you came to Canada to work.

We would also like to hear your ideas about what else you would like to learn related to working in Canada.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, the English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program co-ordinator, at 250-395-0404.