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English as a Second Language

New to Canada and need a little help?

Our English as a Second Language (ESL) program is a friendly place for newcomers to improve English language skills and learn the language needed to settle in the community.

Class Topics

Taught by certified teachers of English as a Second Language, the program will help you learn English to do everyday tasks like talking to others, buying food and asking for help. Topics include:

  • family health and safety
  • education & employment
  • shopping
  • using the telphone
  • banking and paying bills
  • community and government services
  • Canadian law and culture

 

How to Join

To join the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg’s ESL program, you must first go to the Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre (WELARC) and they will give you a test that helps place you into the correct English language program.

WELARC
400-275 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
204.943.5387
[email protected]

 

Can I Bring My Children?

The programs that include Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) are specifically for women who have children between 6 months to 5 years old and require child care in order to attend class. Our CNC program provides a safe and nurturing environment for you children while you attend language classes. Children are supported in all areas of their development (physical, social, cognitive, emotional and linguistic). We celebrate the unique strengths and characteristics of your child while they learn additional language and culture. Once you no longer need CNC, you will be referred to another ESL program.

About your child’s safety
All child minding staff:

  • are qualified to work with children
  • have up-to-date first aid training
  • have had criminal record checks to ensure they are legally allowed to work with children

 

Class Locations & Times

Once accepted into the program, you will be assigned a class at one of our two YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg facilities:

Programs do not run during school breaks.


Downtown YMCA-YWCA ESL Classes (301 Vaughan St.)

Class LevelFoundations to CLB 2
Class TimesTuesday - Friday
9:15 am - 11:15 am
CNC available for children
ages 6 months to 5 years?
Yes
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Bus tickets available?Yes

Class LevelFoundations to CLB 3-5
Class TimesTuesday - Friday
9:15 am - 11:15 am
CNC available for children
ages 6 months to 5 years?
Yes
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Bus tickets available?Yes
Class LevelFoundations to CLB 3
Class TimesTuesday - Friday
1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
CNC available for children
ages 6 months to 5 years?
No
Bus tickets available?Yes
Class LevelFoundations to CLB 3
Class TimesTuesday - Friday
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
CNC available for children
ages 6 months to 5 years?
No
Bus tickets available?Yes

The classes are close to all bus stops at Portage Place Shopping Centre, including buses 11, 21, 22, 24, 25, 40, 41, 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 59, 67 and 68.

North Y Centre ESL Classes (363 McGregor St.)

Class LevelFoundations to CLB 3
Class TimesMonday, Tuesday, Thursday
9:15 am - 11:15 am
CNC available for children
ages 18 months to 5 years?
Yes
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Bus tickets available?Yes

The classes are close to bus stops 15 and 17.  Click here to find bus stops close to this class.

 

We’d be happy to answer questions about this program. For more information, please call our ESL staff or email us!

Other Resources

Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre (WELARC)

WELARC administers the Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT) – a test that helps place adult learners in the correct English language program.
400-275 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
204.943.5387
[email protected]

Entry Program

The Entry Program provides an introduction to life, language and services available in Manitoba. It is a four-week program that helps new immigrants adapt to life in Canada and be successful.
400-259 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
204.944.0133
[email protected]

Immigrant Centre

The Immigrant Center of Winnipeg is an immigrant-serving agency that provides services and programs that support and facilitate the integration of immigrants in Winnipeg.
100 Adelaide Street
Winnipeg, MB
204.943.8158
[email protected]