March 9, 1998
We would like to introduce two learners from the "Bridges to Employment" program, who will read stories written about their thoughts on education in a northern community and the importance of ESL classes.
P.A. and M.H. are learners who regularly attend a 15 week Pre-employment/Vocational Upgrading Program. This program is sponsored by Employment Projects for Women Inc. and funded by Manitoba education and Training, Adult Literacy and Continuing Education. The "Bridges to Employment" program provides Canadian and Foreign born individuals the opportunity to learn English, mathematics, and introduction to computers and employment preparation.
Play an audio version of this story
When I came to Canada my first ESL English class was in the Massey Building.
I wont forget my experience seven years ago. It was frustrating for me. In the beginning, I didnt understand anything. Some older people learn the language and improve quickly; in my case it was difficult.
English is very important to know so that you can find a job, and you can improve yourself for the future.
In Canada, immigrants have many opportunities for taking different courses and training. In my country, we dont have this kind of help - if anyone needed to know English, we would have to pay.