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Take the First Step

We believe that learning the language is the first step towards understanding and participating in life in Saskatoon and in Canada. At the Saskatoon Open Door Society, we follow the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and we teach newcomers how to communicate in English through the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

If you are interested in registering for any of our classes, please phone us.

For Adult Permanent Residents

We offer Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, also known as the LINC Program.

We have part-time classes for adult newcomers wanting to learn English:

  • Morning – daycare may be available
  • Afternoon – daycare may be available
  • Late afternoon – daycare may be available
  • Late afternoon English classes for school-age children whose parents are in a LINC class
  • Evening
  • Saturday

At 3 locations:

  • 247 1st Avenue North
  • Queen Elizabeth School – 1905 Eastlake Avenue
  • 100-129 3rd Avenue North

To register for classes:

  1. New students must have a referral from the Language Assessment and Referral Centre (LARC) at 201-336 5th Avenue North, or phone 306-651-5272 for an appointment.
  2. After your English test, you can make an appointment with us by phoning 306-974-7653.
  3. Bring your LARC English test, Confirmation of Permanent Residence paper and Saskatchewan Health card to our office at 247 1st Avenue North on the day of your appointment.

Conversation Circles

Other Language Learning Opportunities

Conversation Circles

We hold Conversation Circles at different times and places around Saskatoon to provide newcomers with a chance to practise their growing language skills. Sessions are free and informal, and no registration is required.

Sometimes there are special Conversation Circles with more specific goals; for example, our Discover Canada circle teaches about citizenship.


Provides employment-related English training to improve workplace communication skills.

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SSWIS Language Camps

These offer language instruction classes in the morning and fun-filled activities in the afternoon for refugee, newcomer and immigrant children ages 9-11 with low language benchmarks. Language camps allow campers to learn new skills and enhance their language competency in a safe and nurturing environment.

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