LINC Home Study


Because of high demand, the wait for this program is currently 9-11 months. Clients who might be interested in online English should also check out our LINC Blended program.

What Is LINC Home Study?

Not every student can attend LINC classes. Some are prevented from attending due to illness, disability, conflicting work schedules, or distance. For these students we offer the LINC Home Study program (LHS) which can be best described as an English online class. Classes are offered to clients with benchmarks 3-3-2-2 to 8-8-8-8.

There are two parts to LINC Home Study: first, students complete exercises and activities online each day on the LINC Home Study website, a digital version of the in-class curriculum developed specifically for at-home students. Students can log on anytime and work through the online classes to complete their learning objectives. Secondly, students are paired with a LINC Home Study instructor who monitors and encourages their growth. Students receive a weekly phone-call (or Skype!) from their instructor which lays out the week’s activities, assign and discuss homework, and answer additional questions.

Classes are free of charge and provides self-driven students the opportunity to further their English skills from home. Classes require a basic familiarity with computers and computer (non-tablet) with internet access.



Am I Eligible?

  • Must be a Permanent resident of Canada or Conventional Refugee
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Completed ILVARC Assessment (CLB) with levels 3-3-2-2 or higher
  • A basic familiarity with computers (Email, Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer)
  • A computer (non-tablet) with internet access.

When Is This Class?

  • Students are paired with a teacher that best meets their ideal class-time
  • 30 Minutes of 1-on-1 time with a Home Study teacher once per-week
  • 5 to 7 hours of homework per week

Where Is This Class?

  • This program is offered exclusively online.
  • To participate, students use a computer and their choice of Phone or Skype to talk over the computer.
  • To download Skype, click here.








By checking this box I acknowledge that my application is final, truthful, and has been completed to the best of my knowledge. I also acknowledge that I am not currently attending LINC classes at CIES or any other institution, as this would void my application, and I have not received Canadian Citizenship.

How Do I Log In?

  • Students enrolled in LINC Home Study will receive a unique Username and Password for their studies.
  • To participate, click the red button below and type in your username and password.
  • If you are having problems logging in, contact the program coordinator by clicking here.

LINC Home Study Website – Log-In

How Else Should I Know?

  • The following are a series of videos are intended to help LINC Home Study students begin their studies with a firm idea of what digital skills will be required of them. Students who join the program are required to watch every video (approximately 5-7 minutes each) before joining class.

LINC Home Study – Student Orientation

LINC Home Study – Email Attachments

LINC Home Study – Using Skype

LINC Home Study – Exams and Testing

LINC Home Study – After LINC, What’s Next?

How Do I Get a LINC Certificate?

  • Students who complete one term (3 months) and successfully pass their Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment are eligible for a LINC Certificate, which is mailed directly to their house.
  • Only students who complete this pre-requisite are eligible for a LINC Certificate. If a student has not completed and passed their CLB Assessment, they are not eligible for a certificate.
  • This certificate can be used for Canadian Citizenship applications and only the original should be sent with your application package. If you require another LINC Certificate for your own records, please ask for a new one.






Please note, LINC Certificates cannot be emailed for security reasons.
By checking this box I acknowledge that my application is final, truthful, and has been completed to the best of my knowledge and that my eligibility to receive a LINC Certificate depends on whether or not I have completed the required hours and Canadian Language Benchmark assessment.