Adult Immigrant Learning Needs in Atlantic Canadian Communities (2008)

Report on a Series of Community Knowledge-Exchange Meetings

The report grew out of consultations held during the first six months of 2008 in Atlantic Canada. Immigrants were asked to discuss their experiences with adult learning since coming to Canada.

All participants identified the need for learning English in order to be integrated into Canadian society. In particular, they noted that a lack of ability to speak conversational English slowed their progress in making friends and participating in the workplace. They emphasized the need for better access to language classes.

As well, participants spoke of the need to learn more about Canadian culture and community. They pointed to the challenge of understanding how institutions like the courts, the health-care system and schools operate. They discussed employment challenges that ranged from simple job-search techniques to the tax implications of starting a business.

The authors recommend advancing adult immigrant education by supporting community groups, funding additional language training and backing workplace mentorship programs.

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2010-02-10
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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), Jeff Meaney and Adult Learning Knowledge Centre (AdLKC). Adult Immigrant Learning Needs in Atlantic Canadian Communities 2008. Web. 2 Jul. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/immigrant/immigrant.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), Jeff Meaney & Adult Learning Knowledge Centre (AdLKC) (2008). Adult Immigrant Learning Needs in Atlantic Canadian Communities. Retrieved July 2, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/immigrant/immigrant.pdf
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