Vocational English as a Second Language

Programs that provide courses for students whose first language is other than English that are designed to develop speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills while working with the vocabulary of business, tourism or health care. VESL classes are offered by job training agencies, skills centres and some adult education programs; and help participants improve their oral communication on the job, memo and letter writing skills, telephone skills, and their ability to read and understand trade manuals, parts manuals and job-related forms. Classes may focus on a particular industry or may be general providing a work-oriented vocabulary.



Courses to qualified individuals whose first language is not English and who have previous education or work experience from outside Canada in Business, Health Sciences, or Technology. Courses are designed to develop workplace communication skills specific to one's field.

A 6 to 8-week program to help newcomers improve their English and prepare for the workplace.  Services include:

Free program that combines language training and essential skills for the workplace. This program is a partnership between Mohawk College and Neighbour to Neighbour’s Hamilton Community Food Centre.

A free program designed for Internationally Trained Professionals.

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