Communicating with a sponsored family is crucially important. These resources not only assist the newcomer family to learn English, but they support your ability to communicate as well.

ESL Courses

Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society (CVIMS)
Government-funded and free for students. There are multiple kinds of English Language learning courses. Great for students of all ages and levels of English.

Immigrant Welcome Centre (IWC)
Free English language courses are offered including conversational English. This organization serves the Courtenay and Campbell River areas.

Cowichan Intercultural Society
Serving the Cowichan Bay area and Duncan, this organization also offers free English Language courses.

Literacy Central Vancouver Island (LCVI)
A great organization which can provide tutors for newcomers in learning English. Services provided are for newcomers of all different ages. In addition, this organization can possibly provide a refurbished computer for a newcomer family.  

Vancouver Island University English Language Courses
VIU offers a wide variety of classes, both for the newcomer and the student. While most courses are not free, they do provide a place for newcomers to practice English and learn.

Talking to Families

Arabic-English Communication Cards
This site provides downloadable pdfs for basic Arabic language learning. Enable yourself to speak with your new family. Includes 50 basic phrases and audio for pronunciation.

Google Translate
A good tool to help you communicate with your families with a variety of language options. Do be careful as sometimes the context, idioms and slang of language is not captured. There is a large propensity to be misunderstood. However, it is a good tool for basic word translation.