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TR Leger Offered ESL Course in Perth
TR Leger Perth Works with Community Partners to Offer ESL Program
Posted on 05/03/2019
TR Leger English as a Second Language Class in Perth

May 3, 2019 (Perth, ON) - A community partnership between the TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education, a refugee support group, and the Perth and District Union Public Library has provided area newcomers the basic English skills needed to launch a new life in Canada. 

TR Leger recently offered its first English as a Second Language (ESL) Course in Perth. It was launched after The Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement (CARR) approached TR Leger staff about providing ESL services to Arabic-speaking refugees they had sponsored. 

Faced with space challenges, TR Leger staff worked with the public library and CARR and formed a partnership to deliver the course at the library. CARR arranged for daycare services so newcomers with children could attend. 

The ESL program was specially designed for newcomers to Canada, and it taught them a variety of language skills necessary for daily life – such as how to manage at a grocery store. 

“The partnership to provide the course was really amazing,” said Tania Stover, TR Leger Manager of Literacy and Language Services. “It wasn’t just about providing the ESL class. It was a chance for the students to integrate into the community and to make friends and develop social connections.” 

“We are so appreciative of the tremendous support we received from the many community partners, including the generosity of the library for providing such a wonderful space to offer our program,” added TR Leger Principal Sandy McInnes. 

Through this course, students also learned more about the opportunities provided through the TR Leger school and local campus. Some have now enrolled in TR Leger’s Skills, Training and Employment Preparation (STEP) program, which is offered at 20 locations across the Upper Canada District School Board. 

The Perth course is one of three ESL courses offered this year by TR Leger, with the others in Cornwall and Brockville. They are a part of a variety of non-credit programs that TR Leger makes available to newcomers, including the Language Instruction for New Canadians program offered in Cornwall. They also benefit from TR Leger’s settlement services for newcomers, and an International Language Program for K-8 elementary students on Saturday mornings where they teach Arabic, Tamil and Urdu to students in Cornwall.  

For more information, please contact: 

Tania Stover
TR Leger Manager of Literacy and Language Services
Upper Canada District School Board

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