Our English language learning opportunities include three levels of English language courses in formal classroom settings. Courses are offered over a 10-month period.


Note that AHC’s Settlement and Integration team also supports informal Conversation Circles. This learning is less structured and is meant to help adults learn together and practice their English skills in a group setting.


English Language Courses (classroom setting)

English language courses are for adult newcomers and other people who are looking to improve their English communication and literacy skills for daily life, including workplace/career, school and community interactions.



  • Students get to practice their speaking, listening, reading and conversational English skills.
  • Classes are fun, friendly and supportive.
  • Adults will learn English for daily life topics, such as housing, shopping, banking, visiting the doctor, job interviews, workplace conversations, and more.


After completing all three levels, students should be able to understand basic English, join in simple conversations, and express themselves with increased confidence.


Course Schedule (Virtual)

  • Level 1: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Level 2: Wednesday and Friday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Level 3: Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Level 4: Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Duration: 10 months


Beginner English for Seniors

This afternoon course is only for seniors, aged 60 or over.

Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Duration: 10 months


For more information about English language courses (classroom setting), please contact Maria Lucila

Email: maria.lucila@a4hc.ca | 780.944.4687, Ext. 223

This is a unique course for adult newcomers and others that teaches basic computer skills while also reinforcing English language and literacy skills. The course is meant for people who have little or no experience using electronic devices such as laptop and desktop computers, smartphones and tablets.



  • supportive learning environment
  • knowledgeable and experienced instructors
  • practical curriculum; tailored to meet the digital literacy needs of adult learners
  • students get to focus on using e-devices and boosting their digital skills to help with daily life and employment


Example of classroom topics:

  • word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • using the internet
  • email
  • resumes and cover letters
  • popular tools, apps and software, e.g., PowerPoint, Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat

After completion of this course, participants should be able to master basic digital skills used in daily life and the workplace, and boost English language skills related to computers and e-devices.


Course Schedule – Intermediate English or Higher

Level 1 Tuesday and Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Level 2 Monday and Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Duration: 10 months


For more information about our ALSD program and courses, please contact Maria Lucila

Email: maria.lucila@a4hc.ca | 780.944.4687, Ext. 223


These classes are designed to teach computer skills alongside reinforcing English language learning. The Classes are designed to offer supports for language and computer skills development for Pre-CLB level to mid-level CLB newcomers. Newcomers will receive a total of 32 hours of both classroom instruction and individual self-learning with support from class facilitators.

Classes run during the following period:

  • May to July
  • September to November
  • January to March

For more information about our ALSD program and courses, please contact Maria Lucila

Email: maria.lucila@a4hc.ca | 780.944.4687, Ext. 223

Our English Conversation Circles are offered within the scope of our Learning English for Daily Life (LED) program.


Conversation Circles are a fun, friendly and supportive way for adult newcomers and others to gather and improve their English skills together!


The circles offer newcomers a friendly environment where they can learn and practice English, while sharing their cultures. Participants get knowledge about different aspects of daily life and connect with people in the community; all of which helps them to feel more comfortable as newcomers to Alberta.

About the circles:


  • instructors/facilitators are attentive and supportive
  • participants learn many new words and phrases, and practice using them in simple conversations
  • classes often involve role-playing, games, memory exercises and group work; some classes may include practice videos as another fun learning tool
  • social media is also used as a tool to help students connect with each other (e.g., Facebook, WhatsApp); they can also get study material ahead of time and share news or cultural information with each other
  • based on class enrolment and the level of English skills, classes are tailored for beginner, intermediate or higher-level speakers



  • participants practice basic English in a positive environment
  • group work and a friendly atmosphere helps participants to overcome shyness and build confidence
  • participation helps people feel less isolated by taking part in a community activity

Lesson plans are tailored for each class, based on participant interests and feedback. Topics of conversation usually include different aspects of daily living, such as:

  • meeting people and making introductions
  • shopping and groceries; restaurants
  • health, wellness and nutrition
  • environment
  • using public transit
  • driving (including road safety and car maintenance)
  • banking
  • home buying
  • starting a business
  • computers and e-devices
  • career development (e.g., job search, creating resumes, mock interviews)
  • citizenship
  • Canadian history

Most classes are open to adult males and females. However, based on client feedback, some classes are designated as seniors-only, females-only or males-only. For women, some of these classes focus on topics such as cooking, fashion, style/beauty or starting a day home business.


For class schedules, and to learn more and register, please contact Abida Tahir, Settlement Counsellor.

Email: abida.tahir@a4hc.ca | Tel: 780.944.4687, Ext. 222 or 780.235.2176


See the latest Conversation Circles schedule and locations.

Follow our Facebook group to see our Conversation Circles in action, view photos and get social.