LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) is an English language learning program offered by Bow Valley College and funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Over the past five years, Bow Valley College has also offered the LINC Home Study program to meet the demand for flexible language training in smaller communities of southern Alberta.
Who are the LINC Home Study learners?
The learners in LINC Home study:
- are Permanent Residents or Convention Refugees, and
- have Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) levels of at least 3,3,2,2
What is the format of the program?
The LINC Home study program:
- has 7 online modules that learners work through to obtain maximum CLB levels of 8,8,8,8
- covers all four strands of English (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and
- includes online language activities and homework assignments which are submitted to the instructor.
Where do learners study?
LINC Home Study learners at Bow Valley College live in southern Alberta outside of Calgary and come from places like Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Canmore, High River, and other smaller communities. There are a few distance study options in this program, but the majority of learners use Skype to connect with their teachers to study from their homes.
When do learners study?
With the exception of a weekly meeting with their instructor, learners set their own study schedule. In this program, learners are expected to:
- study independently five to ten hours a week, and
- meet with their teacher for a half hour each week at a mutually agreed upon time (between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.).
Why do learners choose LINC Home Study?
There are many reasons to choose LINC Home Study. For example, the program:
- offers a flexible schedule which is beneficial for learners who work or have small children,
- provides access to LINC classes in rural communities which may not offer face-to-face LINC programs, and
- helps learners improve their language and document CLB levels for citizenship or other purposes.