Occuption-specific Language Training (OSLT) at Fanshawe

Are you new to Canada? Are you an internationally trained professional? Want to improve your workplace communication skills?

Fanshawe College is highly experienced in meeting the language needs of newcomers and has a strong track record in designing and delivering Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT). Newcomers to Canada often encounter barriers to employment. These barriers are well-documented and include lack of Canadian work experience, language barriers, differences in workplace culture, difficulties in obtaining recognition for foreign qualifications and international experience, discrimination and lack of workplace integration and diversity programs. Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and in partnership with Colleges Ontario, Fanshawe continues to provide information on pathways to employment and further education and training.

Pursue FREE workplace language training that will help you to:

  • communicate better with supervisors, colleagues and clients;
  • understand your sector and occupation in Canada;
  • understand Canadian workplace culture in your field; and
  • develop strong interviewing, networking and job-search communication skills.

Course descriptions

Workplace Communication Skills for Health Sciences (EASL-1012) | Blended delivery

This practical and innovative course will help you:

  • understand health care workplaces in Ontario such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes;

  • interact clearly and effectively with colleagues, clients and supervisors;

  • network and connect with local employers, industry associations and employment resources;

  • learn how to use your workplace communication training in health care settings such as: clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, community agencies, medical offices and residences.

Workplace Communication Skills for Professional Managers (EASL-1026) | Blended delivery

This practical and innovative course will help you:

  • address the language and communication skills needed to gather and share information with staff, colleagues and upper levels of management;
  • communicate in one-on-one interactions, in meetings and through email with staff, colleagues and upper levels of management; give presentations appropriate for managers;
  • manage challenging interactions with staff, colleagues and upper levels of management;
  • examine the socio-cultural aspects of communication and the impact of culture on workplace communication as managers in Ontario;

Note: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of level 7-8 is required for this course.

Workplace Communication Skills for Business (EASL-1025) | In-class delivery

This practical and innovative course will help you:

  • understand business workplaces in Ontario;
  • interact effectively with clients, colleagues and business associates;
  • network and connect with local employers and employment resources;
  • learn how to use your workplace communication training in a variety of business settings;
  • acquire the language and communication skills needed to find and share information with others.

Workplace Communication Skills for Writing Professionally (EASL-1029) | Online delivery

This practical and innovative course will help you:

  • develop a strategic approach to writing workplace communication;
  • understand purpose and audience in written workplace communication;
  • write effective emails to make requests, exchange information, make complaints and follow up.

Activities based on everyday written communication tasks in the workplace will help you use self-editing strategies to identify common personal errors and make changes; produce single- and multiple-paragraph professional writing for an appropriate audience and purpose.

Note: This course is for those who have completed OSLT training in Accounting and Finance, Entrepreneurship and Sales and Marketing, Project Management, Professional Managers or Technology.

Admission requirements

  • Education, training or experience in the Health, Business, Management or Project Management sectors
  • Canadian Language Benchmark of level 6 or higher
  • Must be IRCC eligible as Permanent Resident or Protected Persons

Note: students must write a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) at the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre prior to the start of class.

Upcoming classes and registration

For upcoming class schedules and registration, please contact: Access Studies (431 Richmond Street, 2nd floor, entrance off Carling, London, ON).

OSLT@fanshawec.ca | 519-452-4430 x6501

Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.