English as a Second Language

Language skills are an important consideration because language proficiency significantly increases employability, and once you have a job, it can influence your potential for advancement. 

Offered in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, our English as a second language (ESL) courses are occupation based and excellent for career advancement.

Services are available to:

Be 18 years or older, Landed Immigrant, Convention Refugee, Refugee Claimant, Live-in- Caregiver or Canadian Citizen (whose first language is not English). Have an assessment done by a YMCA Assessment Centre.

  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • Your first language is not English or French
  • You have an intermediate level of English (CLB 5-7)
  • You have completed high school, or you are an early school leaver; AND you are not currently enrolled in any publicly supported day school in Ontario

Immigration/citizenship status

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, convention refugee, protected person, or refugee claimant; or
  • a provincial nominee, or their dependant, who has been approved through the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program but has not yet been processed to receive permanent resident status; or
  • a temporary foreign worker, or their dependant, who has been approved through the Canadian Experience Class; or
  • a foreign domestic worker admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program.

To register students must present 1 piece of identification showing status in Canada and 1 piece of identification with a picture. Provide original documents (no photocopies).

Interested applicants must register directly with TDSB at 416-395-4980

Program Location: Skills for Change, 791 St. Clair Avenue W.

ESL/Medical Terminology

Do you want to master medical terminology? Then, sign for the ESL/Medical Terminology program.

This program helps learners enhance their medical terminology while developing English communication skills that are helpful in a medical office setting.

In this class,

  • You will be introduced to the essentials of medical terminology along with basic concepts of medical science and practice.
  • You will work to enhance your proficiency in medical English.

After completing this course you will have developed specific communication skills necessary to work in a medical environment.

Certificate: Participants receive a certificate of completion.


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