PARTNERS IN CARE
LANGUAGE AND SKILLS TRAINING
The English Language Training Program at CCVT was established in 1984 and continues to be a major Centre activity. The program and its curriculum are especially designed for survivors
It is challenging to learn a new language as an adult while adjusting to a new and different culture, and to deal with everyday problems of a newcomer to Canada, such as financial, employment and immigration.
The survivor of torture faces additional unique problems. Some of the after-effects of torture, such as lack of concentration, distrust of strangers, fear of groups and authority figures, are barriers to learning a new language. Language training classes at the Centre are small and informal. They are in comfortable surroundings and in a calm, non-threatening atmosphere. Conversation and citizenship classes and individual tutoring are provided as part of the program. Support to Childcare and transportation is available. CCVT Language training can help reduce a survivor's isolation, providing him or her with emotional encouragement and support.
The computer and office administration training courses enable CCVT clients to develop their computer literacy and proficiency, which facilitates their access to the Canadian job market the duration of each course is 3 months. Within the course the students acquire touch-typing skills and learn how to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Internet skills. During the course students study job search strategies and focus on workplace communication skills development. To the end of the course they create resumes, get ready for independent job search and enter the job market.
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