CCVT Specialized Language and Skills Training Program

The English Language and Skills Training Program at CCVT is designed specifically for survivors of torture and war trauma.

Such survivors face unique challenges. People suffering from torture-related PTSD may have impaired memory and difficulty concentrating. They may have a fear of groups, or strangers, or authority figures.

Language training courses at CCVT nurture the individual, and cater to the needs of adult learners who suffer from debilitating memories – memories that can make learning difficult and stressful. The CCVT curriculum incorporates themes and activities that encourage mental wellbeing and recovery, as well as the settlement goals of the students.

Language training classes at the Centre are small and informal. They are held in comfortable surroundings, in a calm, non-threatening atmosphere. Our goal is not just to teach language and skills training, but to reduce the survivor’s sense of isolation by providing emotional support, community connections and encouragement.

We provide our students with food and transportation, and offer letters of support to secure childcare and income subsidies. We regularly conduct information sessions.

THREE TYPES OF LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION

Our clients can choose the class that’s right for them:

  • General Language Training: ESL & LINC, based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks.
  • Conversation Circles for seniors, and others who are not looking to enter the workforce.
  • Survival English, for those who want to enter the job market quickly.

COMPUTER TRAINING AND WORKPLACE READINESS

  • Basic Computer Skills: touch-typing, Microsoft Office, and Internet skills, combined with cash-register training, which helps newcomers become qualified for jobs in the retail sector.
  • Office Administration: Preparation to find work in an office environment.
  • Employment Support: Students learn job-search strategies and workplace communication skills. They create resumes, and get ready enter the job market.

CITIZENSHIP PREPARATION CLASSES

Students are educated about Canadian history, government and geography, including the Economy, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and other rights and responsibilities, in preparation for the Citizenship test.