Although many languages are spoken in Yukon homes and some workplaces, English is
the predominant language in Yukon. Language training is essential for immigrants
who do not speak English.
Several different programs are available for learning English in Whitehorse. Language
training opportunities in other Yukon communities are limited.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
The Multicultural Centre of the Yukon offers English language training ranging from
basic literacy to CLB 5+ levels. The ESL program concentrates on the language skills
you need for integrating into community life and work in Canada, specifically listening,
speaking, reading and writing skills. You can develop your English language proficiency
at the level you need and progress at your own rate. These government-sponsored
classes (Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Government of Yukon- Advanced Education)
are free of charge for all immigrants regardless of status.
Canada has two official languages: English and French. It is important that as you
transition into life in your new country, that you speak one of these languages.
This will help you when you apply for a job, to interact with co-workers, to fill
out forms and paperwork and even to communicate with your children who will learn
English in school.
To determine individual levels in the language program, students will be assessed
using the Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT). This will provide
information on the current language proficiency/level. Assessments are held on a
weekly basis by appointment only.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Yukon College in Whitehorse offers a variety of options for the study of English
as a Second Language. Both international students and Canadians are welcome.
Their qualified instructors are eager for you to succeed in your studies. Staff
provides a supportive and rewarding environment for students interested in developing
their English skills.
Yukon College offers 5 levels of ESL. A certificate is granted after successful
completion of each level. You must pay applicable fees to participate in these classes.
Enhanced Language Training (ELT)
Yukon College also offers a course designed to improve the employability skills
of participating permanent residents and protected persons, so that they may find
and secure work commensurate with their skills and experience.
Students will develop job-specific language skills, review the Canadian Labour Code,
and explore the foreign credential recognition process. Students will also participate
in a two-week, full-time work placement. This initiative is funded by Citizenship
and Immigration Canada. Participants must meet CIC eligibility criteria.
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes:
The Multicultural Centre of the Yukon (MCY) offers free English
as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The Centre has a number of part-time ESL classes
Monday to Sunday, with a continuous intake of participants. Class curriculum focuses
on reading, writing, speaking and listening skills along with activities and field
trips outside of the classroom setting.
Students in these programs must be assessed prior to class participation. The Canadian
Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) assesses four language skills - reading,
writing, listening, and speaking - and will determine student placement in the English
program. Assessments are available at the Centre by appointment only.
In the MCY Language Lab, you can work on your own time and schedule using computer
software to learn English. Similar to a classroom setting, you will learn English
using a combination of images, text, and sound. The software offers varying levels
of difficulty which increases as the student progresses. This learning process will
allow you to enhance your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.
The Language Lab is free to immigrants who are past or present
clients or students of the Multicultural Centre of the Yukon. New clients are also
welcome to register and use the Language Lab. Participants should also have some
basic computer skills. The Lab will be available for use Monday to Friday from 9:00
am – 5:00 pm.