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English as a Second Language for Health Care Professionals

In partnership with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, we offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for healthcare professionals.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

The ESL program for healthcare professionals is free for Canadian citizens, refugees, landed immigrants and will be of interest to ESL learners pursuing a career or an entry-level position in healthcare.

Each week, 12 hours of English language instruction is provided with a focus on general medical terminology and the language of healthcare. Participants also attend three workshops on: employment advice (resume writing skills, interview etiquette, job searching skills), a hospital training session (emergency procedures, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), confidentiality and privacy etc.) and an optional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first-aid training session.

Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate of participation (if attendance requirements are met) and have the opportunity to join the hospital volunteer program.

ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

Participants must:

  • Have a language assessment from a CLARS Language Assessment Centre. To book an appointment call 416-925-5462. Assessments are valid for 12 months.
  • Submit proof of Landed Immigrant Status, Refugee or Citizenship in Canada.
  • Have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) range between 6-8.
  • Make a 10-week commitment to the program: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Attend 80 per cent of your classes in order to get your certificate and be considered for volunteering at MGH

Upcoming Programs

Our next program begins on Monday, Sept. 24. Anyone interested in enrolling in the program must attend a mandatory information session on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the Gray Steele Conference Room (J wing, room 404) Michael Garron Hospital, 825 Coxwell Avenue. This one-hour session will include an introduction to the program. Pre-registration is not required. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the PrograM

Who can enroll in the ESL program at Michael Garron Hospital?

Anyone whose first language is not English, and who has an interest in the healthcare field.

Where are classes held?

ESL classes are held at:

Adult Education Centre
3430 Finch Ave East
Suite 204
Toronto, ON M1W 2R5

When are classes held?

Classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Mondays - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesdays & Fridays - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Will my participation in the program be useful as a reference for future employment?

This experience can be extremely beneficial in certain job markets. Certificates of participation will be provided upon completion of the program.

What happens if I am away?

If you are sick, you must notify the school office. Failure to notify us for two consecutive days will result in termination from this program.

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