Welcome to LARC
Language Assessment & Resource Centre
1410 Ouellette Ave.
The Greater Essex County District School Board’s Language Assessment and Resource Centre is a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) funded program. It is the assessment and referral centre for English language training programs. Included among these programs are: LINC – Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada and ELT – Enhanced Language Training. This service is offered free of charge to eligible new English language learners of Windsor, Essex County and Chatham-Kent Region.
The Centre’s Language Assessors administer the Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLBA), Canadian Language Benchmarks Literacy Assessment (CLBLA), Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test (CLBPT) and the Enhanced Language Training Placement Assessment (ELTPA) to prospective students.
Once levels of English language proficiency have been determined, clients are provided with information about LINC and ELT training sites as well as English as a Second Language classes offered through the school board’s Adult and Continuing Education program.
The program is free to newcomers who are:
- 18 years and older
- NOT yet Canadian citizens and are:
- Permanent Residents (landed immigrants)
- Convention Refugees or Protected Persons in possession of a Notice of Decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board
- o Certain others who are not yet landed, but have been allowed to remain in Canada and are holders of appropriate authorization issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
- Referrals and information are also provided to other newcomers who may not be eligible as LINC or ELT clients.
Arrangements for Appointments
Appointments can be made:
- By calling 519-253-2724
- in person at 1410 Ouellette between 8:30am and 4:30am Monday to Friday,
- through any of the service provider organizations in Windsor, Essex County and the Chatham-Kent Region.
After the Assessment
After being assessed, clients are provided with a report indicating the benchmarks or levels they attained in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The assessor will recommend placement in a class at the appropriate level based on these results. Classes range from beginner to advanced, as well as special literacy classes and classes in conversation and pronunciation.
Note: Part-time or full-time classes are available at different times of the day and evening. Childminding may be discussed as community-based training providers offer free childminding for eligible children while their parents are attending classes. Transportation assistance may also be available.