ESL / EAL: English as a Second/Additional Language

VCLA has been providing English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes for many years with students coming from very diverse backgrounds, for example: Romania, China, Russia, Columbia, Croatia, Japan, Peru, Germany, Chile and many other countries.  We have a kind and passionate staff offering small group sessions or one-to-one tutoring, set at convenient times, to address the specific language learning needs of the participants.

Our classes present learning opportunities to develop English skills for both daily life and the workplace. They are a means of connecting with others that have like-experiences and forming friendships. They provide a forum to share information regarding other immigration and community services available and to share immigration concerns and to seek solutions for challenges that possible language barriers may present.

There are three main levels of learning – basic, intermediate and advanced. Assessments are provided to help the clients find their perfect fit, to ensure success. Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels can be assessed and our needs assessment determines learning priorities.  Tutoring and/or classes are available. VCLA works in partnership with other immigrant service providers, such as ISANS (Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia). This program is funded by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. Currently classes are offered in Kentville, Wolfville, and Middleton.  Intake is continuous from September to May.

Aside from weekly classes, social and cultural activities are organized and available to participants of the program throughout the year.  These include such things as potlucks (where all classes have the opportunity to come together and socialize and form new friendships), cultural visits (Ross Farm Museum, Grand Pre Historical Site, Pier 21, Halifax) and class visits to local service providers such as libraries, banks, etc.




The EAL Instructor is responsible for the effective delivery of English as an additional language classes in a community-based setting (primarily) in Kings County, including assessment, instruction, and the evaluation and documentation of progress of learners.




q  Assess learners using a variety of assessment tools and strategies ( potentially including intake, interim and exit assessment)


q  Provide instruction using adult-based and culturally relevant materials to enable learners to meet their goals


q  Establish individual learning plans at the commencement of the program.


q  Ensure goals and learning plans relate to the participant’s educational, career or personal goals and abilities.


q  Accommodate specific and special learning styles.


q  Evaluate the learners’ progress on an ongoing basis using qualitative and quantitative methods as appropriate


q  Ensure learner assessment documents and other learner-related records are maintained and kept confidential.


q  Refer learners to community resources as required.


q  Attend occasional meetings of the learning network and prepare reports as required.


q  Attend professional development opportunities as requested.


q  Assist with the promotion of the classes as requested.


q  Work closely with the EAL Program Coordinator and the other EAL Instructor(s)


q  Be a resource for volunteer tutors in the EAL program




q  University degree (preferably Education) and experience/raining with at least three years relevant experience working with adults in and educational setting.


q  Coursework/Certification in EAL principles and applications in a classroom setting.


q  Demonstrated experience managing a multi-level EAL classroom as well as experience with EAL Literacy


















Classroom setting.