“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” ~ Doris Lessing
Most immigrants come to Canada under the “skilled worker” visa criteria. They have gone through the IELTS test and they have showed their transcripts and credentials, so the process makes them to believe that finding a professional job will be easy.
The reality is, that professional English is one of the biggest barriers immigrants face, and it shows when potential employers reject them with the feared “no Canadian experience”.
Being able to converse is different from being able to lead meeting, present results to a manager, write a high level report or read complex instructions.
There are many ways you can improve your English:
Informal/unpaid or low cost:
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
University Thomson Rivers (distance/online courses to improve written English and for Educators) (check under “English”: here)
BCIT (look into Professional English Language Development): http://www.bcit.ca/cas/communication/courses.shtml
Vancouver Community College http://www.vcc.ca/programs-courses/detail.cfm?div_id=5&prog_id=134
Kwantlen University http://www.kwantlen.ca/calendar/2012-13/courses/elst/index.html
IELTS Preparation courses (ISS of BC Language College) http://www.learnenglish.issbc.org/test_preparation.htm
Library resources (Check on ‘learning Express” link, you will need a library card to access the resources): http://surreylibraries.ca/research/4741.aspx