2021-2022 Adult Language Programs (LINC/ESL/FSL)

Register for: 

ENGLISH (LINC/ESL) Program                  FRENCH (FSL) Program

Please download 2021-2022 brochure: 

Adult Language Programs brochure


HDSB’s Gary Allan Learning Centre now offers the LINC/ESL & FSL program  for the first time in its history!

This program provides language training in English and French for those whose first language is neither English nor French. Several courses, ranging from Beginner to Advanced levels, are offered.

These programs use the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) curricular standards. Our instructors are OCELT-certified, highly-skilled & passionate individuals.

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Phone:        Burlington     905-632-2944  x   133
Oakville      905-337-9476  x   221
Milton    905-878-2244  x  282

Learners will have:

  • Access to a friendly instructor and be part of a small group of fellow-learners.

  • An adaptive learning path, suitable for individual learning needs and goals.

  • Regular live lessons online, filled with creative group and individual activities & projects.

  • One-on-one sessions with the instructor to ensure learning success.

  • Initial program & technology orientation, and ongoing technology assistance, as needed.

  • Regular homework assignments and tests to measure progress & participation.

  • CLB Progress Reports to help learners move along their learning goals.

  • Occupation-oriented course content along with language training, when applicable.

The LINC/ESL program at Gary Allan will provide learners with the opportunity to improve their English language proficiency according to their individual learning goals and priorities, in a group setting. The curriculum is based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) standards. Learners progress through a continuum of benchmarks, at their own pace, with periodic evaluations and feedback to ensure that learning outcomes are met.

A learner profile that includes employment goals will be established in the initial weeks of the program. If bridge-training is an option, then the learner will be provided additional resources to prepare for it. Finally, a referral to a suitable program is made.

Several classes are available to suit your needs. Check out the SCHEDULE.

Come experience the joy of learning with us!

The French as a second language (FSL) courses offer learners opportunities to communicate in French in a variety of travel, leisure and job-related contexts.

Using the NCLC curriculum standards, learners will expand their vocabulary and grammar in a variety of themes related to their daily lives with the help of dedicated & professional FSL instructors. They will use their life experiences, knowledge & skills as the basis for developing their French language communicative abilities for real-life purposes.

Classes will be for 2.5 hours twice a week. Check out the SCHEDULE.

Come experience the joy of learning with us!

Specialized Language Training (or SLT, for short) helps learners in the program develop language skills for a specific sector of their choice. Below is a list of SLT classes that will offered this school year:

• Introduction to Hairstyling & Aesthetics (starts Feb. 1, 2021)
• Introduction to Retail Sales Occupations (starts Feb. 1, 2021)
• Introduction to Food Services Occupations (starts March 1, 2021)
• Introduction to Manufacturing Technology
• Introduction to Automotive Trades
• Introduction to Early Childhood Education
• Starting a Home Business

These courses will run on a 8- to 10-week cycle and are offered at convenient times (afternoon, evening or weekend schedules).

For more information, please call the office. Or, Register right away!

A Certificate of Completion will be provided for those learners who have attended all the teacher-led sessions and have completed the online course work.


The ESL & FSL program is available to those learners who are neither eligible for the IRCC nor the MCCSS program.

ESL Class Schedule

FSL Class Schedule 

Program Fees

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Pre-Registration Information

To register for LINC/ESL or FSL classes, you must have the following:

To register for English or French classes, you must have an up-to-date language assessment*

(*If you do not have a current language assessment,  please call the Language Assessment Centre at 905-949-0049 xt. 1369  or email lac@achev.ca to book an appointment.


To qualify for the program, you must be:

  • An adult (18 years or older)

  • Refugee Claimant

  • Conventional Refugee

  • Permanent Resident

  • Landed Immigrant

  • A naturalized Canadian citizen (born outside Canada, where English or French is not their first language)

  • Provincial nominee

  • Live-In Caregiver

Attendance Requirement

Once enrolled in the program, learners are expected to attend classes regularly, with an 80% attendance rate. Irregular attendance may result in removal from the program to make room for others waiting for a spot.


The LINC/ESL/FSL program will be offered at the following sites*:

  • Gary Allan (Burlington) – 3250 New Street, L7N 1M8 (Gary Allan High School between Walker’s Line & Guelph Line)

  • Gary Allan (Oakville) – 240 Wyecroft Road, L6K 2G7 (near Tim Horton’s & Burger King, Entrance on west side of building. )

  • Gary Allan (Milton) – 215 Ontario Street South, L9T 4N5 (at E.C. Drury School)

  • Gary Allan (Georgetown) – 96 Guelph Street, L7G 4N5 (at Gary Allan High School)

All four of our sites are newly-renovated with big, bright classrooms equipped with the latest classroom technology.

When we are ready to return in 2021, a socially-distanced environment will be maintained for as long as COVID-19 continues to be of concern to all of us.

At this time, however, all of our classes will be offered in a 100% virtual environment, using Google Classroom.

Free Childminding*

All our sites offer free childminding services for eligible learners. You must have the following to register:

  1. Your child’s immunization records

  2. proof of income (ESL students only), and

  3. Ontario Works Case ID (if applicable).

Please contact xxxx@hdsb.ca for more information.

*At this time, childminding services are not available. Opening details will be shared soon.

Transportation Subsidy*

Some LINC learners may be eligible for transportation subsidy. Please check with the office at the time of registration for details.

Certain restrictions apply.

Settlement Services

Through the HDSB Welcome Centre, all learners are eligible to a wide variety of settlement services.

  • email: welcomecentre@hdsb.ca

  • call: 905-335-3665 ext: 3440

  • The Welcome Centre is located in Milton at:

Gary Allan High School,

215 Ontario Street South,

Milton, L9T 4N5.

  • If using Milton Transit, take bus #5 or #8.

If you or a member of your family are in distress and need to talk, please contact one of the following agencies:

KidsHelp Phone (provides information, strategies and access to phone/text/live chat support)

• Call: 1-800-668-6868     • Text: 686868    • Website: https://kidshelpphone.ca/

• ROCK (under 18) – 24 Hour Crisis Line at 905-878-9785
• COAST (over 16) 24 Hour Crisis Line at 1-877-825-9011

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please call 911

*In the 100% online learning format, all learners will have a complete orientation to the program & to the technology provided by a friendly & helpful Educational Technology Assistant so that all learners are fully comfortable with the technology and the learning environment. While the online platform (Google Classroom) is quite easy to use, our focus remains to make the learning journey, stress-free, fun and productive — no matter the language level of the participant.