Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT)


Overview

OSLT classes are free for those that are eligible. Students learn the communication skills needed to find and keep a job in Canada. In class, students practice dialogue and communication tasks commonly performed on the job, in their field, sector and occupation. OSLT classes are offered part-time, twice a week evenings and weekends.

 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to Seneca's OSLT program, please contact Angela Jacewicz (OSLT Coordinator) at Angela.Jacewicz@senecacollege.ca.

Applicants will need:

  • Proof of status in Canada (like a Permanent Resident card). Participants must be Permanent Residents of Canada or Protected Persons.
  • A Canadian Language Benchmark score of 6 or higher (CLB 6 - 8) from one of the Assessment Centres.
  • Résumé showing previous work experience.  

Location

 

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OSLT Schedule

If you are interested in applying for Seneca's OSLT courses, please contact Angela Jacewicz (OSLT Coordinator) at Angela.Jacewicz@senecacollege.ca. Courses are held at Seneca College's Newnham Campus.


 
OSLT Accounting and Finance
Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 - Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021
Monday 7pm - 9pm, Wednesday 7pm - 9pm, and Saturday 9am - 11am
(all online)

This course focuses on the language and socio-cultural communication requirements of accounting- and finance-related occupations at CLB 6 to 8. The course addresses the language and communication skills needed to find and share information with others; communicate using technology such as telephone and email; manage interactions with colleagues, clients and business associates; introduce yourself in work-related situations; undertake employment and work-related interviews; and network effectively. Sector background knowledge and culture relevant to the workplace context in Ontario are explicitly addressed in communication practice tasks.

 
OSLT Professional Managers
Monday, Sept.21, 2020 - Saturday, Dec.12, 2020
Monday 7pm - 9pm, Wednesday 7pm - 9pm, and Saturday 9am - 11am
(all online)

This course focuses on the language and socio-cultural communication requirements of professional managers at CLB 6 to 8. The course addresses 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; manage challenging interactions with staff, colleagues and upper levels of management; give presentations appropriate for managers. Sector background knowledge and culture relevant to the workplace context in Ontario are explicitly addressed in communication practice tasks.

 
OSLT Technology
Monday, Sept.21, 2020 - Saturday, Jan.23, 2021
Monday 7pm - 9pm, Wednesday 7pm - 9pm, and Saturday 9am - 11am
(all online)

This course focuses on the language and socio-cultural communication requirements for working in the technology sector at CLB 6 to 8. It addresses the language and communication skills needed to obtain information about projects, processes, procedures and specifications; communicate by telephone; manage interactions with colleagues; introduce oneself in work-related situations; undertake employment and work-related interviews; and network effectively. Sector background knowledge and culture relevant to the workplace context in Ontario are addressed in communication practice tasks.

OSLT Writing Professionally
Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 - Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021
Tuesday 7pm - 8pm
(all online)

Note: Students first need to complete an OSLT Business or a Technology course to be eligible.
This online course focuses on the language and socio-cultural communication requirements of writing workplace communication in the business and technology sectors at CLB 7 to 8. The course addresses the language and communication skills needed to develop a strategic approach to writing workplace communication, understand purpose and audience in written workplace communication, use logical structure in emails and write effective emails to make requests, exchange information, make complaints and follow up.

OSLT Writing Professionally
Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 - Saturday, March. 27, 2021
Wednesday 7pm - 8pm
(all online)

Note: Students first need to complete an OSLT Business or a Technology course to be eligible.
This online course focuses on the language and socio-cultural communication requirements of writing workplace communication in the business and technology sectors at CLB 7 to 8. The course addresses the language and communication skills needed to develop a strategic approach to writing workplace communication, understand purpose and audience in written workplace communication, use logical structure in emails and write effective emails to make requests, exchange information, make complaints and follow up.

 

Eligibility

To qualify for OSLT, you will need:
  • Proof of status in Canada (like a Permanent Resident card). Participants must be Permanent Residents or Convention Refugees. Canadian citizens are not eligible.
  • A Canadian Language Benchmark score of 6 or higher (CLB 6 - 8) from one of the Assessment Centres.
  • A résumé with work experience or training in the specified sector.

Assessments

Please visit the Center for Canadian Language Benchmarks website to find a CLB assessment center near you.

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If you are interested in applying to Seneca's OSLT program, please ensure you have the following:
  • Proof of your status in Canada (like a Permanent Resident card). Participants must be Permanent Residents of Canada or Protected Persons.
  • A Canadian Language Benchmark score of 6 or higher (CLB 6 - 8) from one of the Assessment Centres.
  • Your résumé showing previous work experience. 
To apply:
  • Please contact Angela Jacewicz (OSLT Coordinator) at Angela.Jacewicz@senecacollege.ca to make an appointment.
  • On the day of your scheduled appointment, please remember to bring your CLB score, résumé, and proof of status to:

Seneca College Faculty of Continuing Education
Newnham Campus
1750 Finch Avenue East. 


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Success Stories

Maja Peric Maja Peric, Marketing Analyst and Social Media Coordinator. Course helps internationally trained marketer build workplace language skills

In 2016, Maja Peric, from northeast Italy, was among the immigrants who chose to start a new life in Canada. She settled in a city north of Toronto to be with her Canadian partner. Peric was intent on resuming her career as a digital marketer.

"I love marketing; I couldn't see myself doing anything different," says Peric, who had worked in the field for two years in Italy. Peric soon discovered an OSLT course offered by Seneca College's Newnham campus in Toronto: Workplace Communication Skills for Entrepreneurship and Sales & Marketing. The course explains communication norms in business workplaces and how to interact effectively with customers, managers, colleagues, employees, suppliers and other key stakeholders. Read More.

   

Raul Garcia Raul Garcia, Free workplace language course helps immigrant gain skills and confidence

When Raul Garcia and his wife chose to move to Canada from El Salvador in 2014, their goal was to provide better opportunities for their two daughters, then ages 16 and 10. But to help his family thrive, Garcia knew he'd have to integrate effectively and quickly into the Canadian workforce. Garcia, who is an experienced industrial engineer, began exploring avenues to resume his career in Toronto.

His research turned up a promising option: an Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT) course called Workplace Communication Skills for Technology, which offers work-related language training to newcomers wanting to restart their careers in technology or other fields. It teaches about effectively interacting with co-workers and supervisors, the cultural aspects of technology workplaces, and how to network with local employers. The 180-hour course is available at a number of colleges throughout Ontario and is open to immigrants with training or experience in engineering, architectural or information technology. Read More.

   

Sanaz Hemati

When it comes to employment, having technical skills is important – but so is knowing the language and culture of your workplace. It's the soft skills in this second area that can be challenging for immigrants, as Sanaz Hemati knows first hand.

In 2013, Hemati moved to Canada from Iran, where she had enjoyed an eight-year career in the quality assurance department of an international food processing and packaging company. After settling in Toronto with her new husband, she was keen to explore local job opportunities in food quality assurance. However, she knew she first needed to understand the business employment landscape in Ontario. A web search turned up just what she needed: a course called Workplace Communication Skills for Entrepreneurship and Sales & Marketing. This free course offers work-related language training to newcomers wanting to restart their business careers. Read More.

   

Eli Sun

After 10 years of working in international business sales for a machinery import/export company in Shanghai, China, Eli Sun decided it was time for some global experience in his personal life. So he and his wife decided to move with their 13-year-old son to Canada last spring.

After settling with his family in Richmond Hill, Ontario, a city just north of Toronto, Sun planned to build on his considerable business experience and his Masters of Business Administration degree to resume his sales and marketing career. However, he realized he was at a disadvantage because he knew very little about Canadian business culture. But he soon discovered a great course to learn about it: Workplace Communication Skills for Entrepreneurship and Sales & Marketing. Read More.

   

 

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Special Project

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In the Fall 2019 OSLT classes, the Business Sales and Marketing and Technology classes joined forces to work in groups on a project. Through Riipen, an online platform, OSLT students connected with an employer, Rosanne Korteland, the co-founder of Country Chic Paint. Over several weeks, students worked to create reports for optimizing Country Chic Paint's social media presence.

This project allowed students to incorporate communicative tasks from the OSLT curriculum into real life, namely managing interactions in groups, developing presentation skills, writing meeting-minutes, emails and reports. Students had the opportunity to communicate with a real life employer through online and written medium. At the end of the project, the groups received constructive feedback from the employer on their reports.

Pilot Training for Entrepreneurs

Occupation-specific language training courses at Seneca College. Learn about our new pilot course fo entrepreneurs

Seneca College is offering a series of free communication courses for newcomers running their own business.

Topics covered include:

  • Gathering and Sharing Information
  • Using Email and Telephone
  • Making Presentations
  • Managing Interactions with Clients and Customers

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Schedule:

Eight Courses (3 weeks each)
Students will meet online Tuesdays 7pm - 8 pm.

  1. Sept. 14 - Oct.3 - Exploring Intercultural Communication
  2. Oct. 5 - Oct. 24 - Gathering and Sharing Information
  3. Oct. 26 - Nov. 14 - Using Email and Telephone
  4. Nov. 16 - Dec. 5 - Chairing and Participating in Meetings
  5. Dec. 7 - Dec. 23 - Making Presentations
  6. Jan. 4 - Jan. 23 - Managing Interactions with Clients and Customers
  7. Jan. 25 - Feb. 13 - Managing Interactions with Employees
  8. Feb. 16 - Mar. 6 - Managing Challenging Interactions

Eligibility:

Students must currently be running their own business, be Permanent Residents or Convention Refugees (not Canadian citizens or Refugee Claimants) and must have a current CLB assessment level 6-8.

To apply, email: 

angela.jacewicz@senecacollege.ca

Program Contacts

Angela Jacewicz
OSLT Coordinator
Angela.Jacewicz@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22586