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Ways to Learn

Occupation-specific Language Training courses are delivered in a variety of formats to suit any schedule.

Ways to Learn

Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) helps develop the language skills you need to succeed at your workplace. All OSLT courses and modules are:

  • specific to your occupation.
  • delivered by experienced faculty from Ontario colleges.
  • free for qualified applicants.

OSLT is delivered in classroom-based and exclusively online formats.

Classroom-based Courses

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Ontario colleges are adapting classroom-based OSLT course delivery to a virtual model to provide continuity of learning. For online and virtual class options, please visit Upcoming Courses.

See the list of upcoming courses.

OSLT courses are offered in a classroom-based format that is enhanced with online homework as well as a blended format that integrates classroom and online elements. They are delivered on a part-time and full-time basis in six sectors that include over thirty occupations:

  • Automotive Trades
  • Business
  • Construction Trades
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Services
  • Technology.

Most courses are offered in English; some are also offered in French. Classroom-based courses are 140 or 180 hours, depending on the course.

See the list of classroom-based courses.

Exclusively Online Modules

If you can’t attend classroom-based courses, then OSLT online modules provide a flexible and convenient way to receive language training. All modules are offered exclusively online in English and can be taken from anywhere in Ontario. Each module is 40 hours, with three modules available in each of the business, health care and technology sectors. They will help you:

  • learn how to access the business, health sciences or technology job markets in Ontario.
  • communicate in the business, health sciences or technology sectors in Ontario.
  • manage workplace interactions in the business, health sciences or technology sectors in Ontario.

Note that three online modules in one sector are equivalent to a full classroom-based OSLT course.

OSLT online also offers 40-hour courses on how to write professionally in the business, health sciences or technology sectors in Ontario. These courses are intended for participants who have successfully completed a full OSLT course in that sector (or three modules in one sector).

All online modules and courses require access to a computer with video and audio capabilities as well as an Internet connection.

See the list of online modules.

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