Reading Room

What Is The Reading Room?

The Reading Room provides a quality instructional program to reinforce literacy-level learning amongst CIES clients through a one-on-one tutorial context. Taught by qualified volunteer instructors, students are entered into the Reading Room to receive additional guidance with their reading and comprehension skills because of a limited functional level of literacy for a variety of reasons such as having had little education or interrupted education in their countries of origin, possess a learning disability, or have experienced trauma affecting their ability to learn. Some of these learners possess severe limitations in their educational and reading-related skills and are distributed through LINC classes from Literacy levels 1 to 4. Over 150 adult language learners registered for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes at the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES) require literacy level support – they are primarily refugees and other newly arrived immigrants. They and similarly-profiled clients from other service providers who do not offer one-on-one tutoring constitute the primary target audience for this proposed program.

Funding provided by:

Am I Eligible?

  • Must be a Permanent Resident of Canada, Convention Refugee,  or recent Canadian Citizen.
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Enrolled in one of CIES’ LINC programs.

When Is This Class?

The Reading Room operates during regular LINC operational hours with sessions staggered approximately every hour. The hours of operation are:

  • Morning (Mon-Thur) 9:30 am – 2:45 pm
  • Morning (Fri-Sat) 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Evening (Mon-Thur) 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where Is This Class?

  • The program is operated out of The Welcome Centre for New Immigrants: 3820 – 32nd Street Northeast. Calgary, AB. T1Y 7L9. For more information, call 403-291-0002.

How Do I Join This Class?

To apply for this service, you must first be enrolled in one of CIES’ LINC programs.

What If I Have Other Questions?

If you have any questions about this program, fill out the contact form below.



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