The following blog was written by Lynn Webb, Regional ELL Lead Instructor at the School of Global Access.
Pequena Sharloth Ayala (Shar) has been a learner in the LINC Home Study program for almost two years. When she arrived in Canada from Venezuela she could not speak English. Now she is enrolled in SAIT and plans to become a dental assistant.
I could work and study English at the same time. Thanks to LINC, I'm speaking, writing, reading and listening in English very well.
Where are you from and when did you arrive in Canada?
I am from Venezuela. I arrived in Canada on December 22nd, 2015.
Why did you decide to come to Canada?
When I met my husband he was living in Canada as a permanent resident. We decided that Canada was the best place to have a family and a better quality of life. He sponsored me and after nine months I was flying to Canada to start a new life.
Why did you decide to join LINC Home Study?
I went to Immigration Services because I've been told they offered English courses for newcomers. They helped me out to get into Bow Valley College to start my English course.
How has LINC Home Study helped you?
LINC helped me to overcome the language barrier I had when I came to Canada. I started with full-time classes at Bow Valley College but then, I had to get a job. I was too sad about leaving my English course. My teacher at the time told me about the LINC Home Study program, online education at a distance.
I didn't think twice to enroll in this program; it was just perfect! I could work and study English at the same time. Thanks to LINC, I'm speaking, writing, reading and listening in English very well. Currently, I just have been admitted at SAIT to study for a career. I am so thankful to LINC and with Lynn for being such an excellent teacher.
What are your future goals?
My main goal is to finish my SAIT course to become a dental assistant and get a good job. Also, I want to have a family and another dog!
Our sincere thanks to Shar for sharing your journey with us. We wish you the best of luck.
LINC is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. Learn more about the LINC Home Study program.
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