Adult Language Learners
and the Internet
The Workplace Context
In Summer 2001, English in the Workplace (EWP) and the Immigrant Entrepreneur Orientation Program (IEOP) partnered in a pilot project to provide a customized Business English course for Immigrant Entrepreneur Orientation Program participants. English in the Workplace is a language program for newcomers that has been in existence in Halifax, Nova Scotia since 1994. English in the Workplace objectives include:
Structurally, EWP consists of an instructor and a manager who oversees the program. This initiative is based in the Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre and is the only program of its kind in the province. It is currently funded by the Nova Scotia Department Education, Adult Education, Workplace Education Division. The average English in the Workplace contract consists of a maximum of 48 core hours of small group language instruction spread over a 4-10 week period. Length of a program is determined by factors such as instructor availability and workplace needs. Program curriculum is customized based on supervisor and learner needs assessments.
The Immigrant Entrepreneur Orientation Program (IEOP) is one of many programs offered at the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (MISA) in Halifax. IEOPs goal is to provide participants with the information, contacts and the confidence newcomers need to establish a business in Nova Scotia. IEOP is funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Nova Scotia Economic Development.
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