WIL Chats


Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:54am



Enhancing communication skills and confidence for employability success

One of the newer programs that WIL offers is WIL Chats, a fun and innovative way to practice language and communication skills. Participants in the program gather with other newcomers to Canada to talk about Canadian culture—workplace culture in particular—and to increase their confidence with English. Successful communication is part language and part culture, and learning another language is more than simply learning the vocabulary.

The program has been running since the fall, and feedback has been positive. The facilitator, Mona, works hard to make sure that participants are welcomed and comfortable, and to prepare topics and language activities that are useful and interesting. In a relaxed setting, immigrants get the opportunity to learn about business and social culture in Canada, and to practice communications skills for employability success.

It’s an opportunity to work specific skills like voice mail messages, email communication, casual conversation, and giving presentations. Participants also discuss relevant and current topics—and have the opportunity to ask questions about Canadian society and business-work culture in a supportive learning environment.

The program is open to permanent residents and convention refugees. The curriculum is flexible, so if a client has to miss a week, they won’t be lost. There’s continuous intake, too, so there’s no need to wait for a specific start date. The facilitator is always interviewing new clients and welcoming them to the program. Mona is also quick to point out that this is not an ESL class; it’s a place to start using the things that clients have learned in those ESL classes, and to add the cultural element that is critical to successful and effective communication.

If you’re interested, or would like more information, you can contact Mona at monan@wil.ca