Language Training

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program in the School of English as a Second Language (ESL) helps you achieve your language goals – preparing for post-secondary studies at college or university, being ready for the job you want, or simply enjoying every day life in Canada. The EAP program is located at our St. James Campus in the heart of downtown Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Students have access to all College facilities including free internet and computer use in the library, and access to the cafeteria, fitness centre, career services, library, peer tutoring, and Student Centre.
Visit the ESL homepage for more information.

Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT)

 

Introduction

The Occupation-specific Language Training Program (OSLT) at George Brown College helps prepare newcomers for the workplace by focusing on the language and communication expectations of specific occupations in Canada.  Many newcomers have considerable background and experience from their home country but have not worked in their field in Canada. OSLT builds cultural awareness to support communication in a professional Canadian work environment. Learning materials and activities reflect common workplace-based situations. The college's instructors are experienced in teaching ESL to adults and draw upon the participants' knowledge and experience of the subject matter. George Brown College, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada's largest city, offers newcomers the resources and the network to succeed in the Canadian job market.

For more information about OSLT courses offered at George Brown College, please see below.
For more information about OSLT courses offered throughout the GTA, please go to co-oslt.org Open New Browser Window

OSLT Overview

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Download the OSLT Guide for an overview of courses.

Eligibility

Participants must be permanent residents or protected persons and have:
• Training or experience in a specified occupation or sector but need to improve their occupation-specific communication skills
• Language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels 6 to 8* in at least one language skill area or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) of 5/6 to 8 for courses taught in French

*Inter-professional Health Care Teams and Professional Managers courses require CLB levels 7-8.

Current OSLT Schedule 2018-2019

¹Must have successfully completed OSLT Business or Technology course.
² Must have successfully completed OSLT Health Care or Inter-professional for Health Care Teams course.

OSLT Business – Accounting/Finance (May 8 – Aug 16, 2018; Sep 4 – Dec 13, 2018)

  • Workplace Communication Skills for Accounting and Finance: This practical and innovative course helps participants with training or experience in accounting or finance understand business workplaces in Ontario; effectively interact with customers, colleagues, suppliers, financial officers and government officials; develop strong interviewing, networking, socio-cultural and career-building communication skills; practise common on-the-job communication to improve occupation-specific language skills; and, learn how to use appropriate workplace communication in a variety of business and financial settings.
  • http://co-oslt.org/en/accounting-finance/ Open New Browser Window

OSLT Business – Entrepreneur/Sales & Marketing (May 8 – Aug 16, 2018; Sep 4 – Dec 13, 2018)

  • Workplace Communication Skills for Entrepreneurship and Sales and Marketing: This practical and innovative course helps participants with training or experience in running a business or sales and marketing; understand business workplaces in Ontario; effectively interact with customers, colleagues, employees, suppliers, financial officers and government officials; develop strong interviewing, networking, socio-cultural and career-building communication skills; practise common on-the-job communication to improve your occupation-specific language skills; and, learn how to use appropriate workplace communication in a variety of business settings.
  • http://co-oslt.org/en/entrepreneurship/ Open New Browser Window

OSLT Business – Professional Managers (Sep 4 – Dec 6, 2018; Jan 8 – Mar 28, 2019)

  • Workplace Communications Skills for Professional Managers: This course focuses on the language and socio-cultural communication requirements of professional managers at CLB 6 to 8. The course addresses the language and communication skills needed to gather and share information with staff, colleagues and upper levels of management; communicate in one-on-one interactions, in meetings and through email; manage challenging interactions with staff, colleagues and upper levels of management; give presentations appropriate for managers. Sector background knowledge and culture relevant to the workplace context in Ontario are explicitly addressed in communication practice tasks.
  • http://co-oslt.org/en/professional-managers/ Open New Browser Window

OSLT Writing Professionally¹ (Jun 6 – Aug 8, 2018; Sep 18 – Dec 11, 2018)

  • This online course focuses on professional writing skills. Participants will practice writing in a variety of professional contexts as well as develop strategies for effective writing.
    ¹Must have successfully completed OSLT Business or Technology course.

OSLT Inter-professional for Health Care Teams (Sep 4 – Dec 13, 2018)

  • This practical and innovative course will help participants with experience or training in nursing, dietetics, physiotherapy and social work address communication skills needed for successful communication in inter-professional health care teams. Communication skills covered in the course include describing one's occupation to another professional; providing and gathering information on client care; writing a progress note; seeking assistance from team members; providing assistance to team members; managing challenging team interactions.
  • http://co-oslt.org/en/interprofessional-health-care-teams/ Open New Browser Window

OSLT Health Care (TBD)

  • This practical and innovative course will help participants with experience or training in dental hygiene, medical radiation technology, nursing, personal support work or sleep technology understand health care workplaces in Ontario such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes; clearly and effectively interact with colleagues, clients and supervisors; develop strong interviewing, networking, socio-cultural and career-building communication skills; practise common on-the-job communication to improve occupation-specific language skills; and, learn how to use appropriate workplace communication in health care settings such as clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, community agencies, medical offices and residences.
  • http://co-oslt.org/en/health-care/ Open New Browser Window

OSLT Health Sciences – Older Adult Care² (TBD)

  • This course focuses on the language and socio-cultural communication requirements of dietitians, nurses, occupational therapists, personal support workers, physiotherapists and social workers at CLB 6 to 8. It addresses the language and communication skills needed for working with older adults and their family members. Emphasis is on the interpersonal communication skills for building rapport with older adults and interacting in a manner that respects the unique needs of the older adult.
    ²Must have successfully completed OSLT Health Care or Inter-professional for Health Care Teams course.

OSLT - George Brown College

 

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How to Apply

To be considered for the course, please submit the following documents by email, fax or in-person:

  • a copy of your resume; &
  • a valid Canadian Language Benchmark* (CLB) score (must be taken within 12 months of the start date of the OSLT course).

If you have taken the CLB recently, please forward your ID so we can verify your information. Otherwise, we can make arrangements for you to take the CLB test at the YMCA Open New Browser Window

Contact

GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE
School of Immigrant and Transitional Education
200 King St. E, 264D
Email: oslt@georgebrown.ca
Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 6980
Fax: 416-415-2775

Funded by: / Financé par :

OSLT, Colleges Ontario, and FLAP
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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Workplace Communication for Nurses

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These courses are for experienced, internationally trained nurses or current nursing students who have completed their second semester, all of whom speak a native language other than English. Courses focus on developing the language and socio-cultural skills needed to communicate effectively in the Canadian workplace. Emphasis is on listening and speaking for collaborating with colleagues.

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