Resources for English language learners

Good English communication skills mean better jobs

More than just “getting by,” good English communication skills – spoken and written – are the heart and soul of successful integration, in the workplace, at home, in school and in all of daily life in Manitoba. Below are some Manitoba-specific resources you can use to help improve your English communication skills.

Read more in the Job-ready English section.

English language learning resources

These resources have been produced by or in collaboration with the Province of Manitoba to support adult English language training. Please visit each section for more details and to download or view the resources.

Practice English on Your Own thumbnail imagePractise English on Your Own (<1 MB PDF file)

This guide is filled with self-study ideas from adult English language instructors and learners. Topics include ideas for practising English, finding free resources in your community and online, the Canadian Language Benchmarks, and standardized English tests.

My Home is Manitoba thumbnail imageMy Home is Manitoba

The video series My Home is Manitoba showcases our province’s unique multicultural heritage and the benefits of cultural diversity. The video speaks mainly to new immigrants, breaking down the stereotypes they sometimes face, although all Manitobans will find it interesting. There are four 15-minute segments, each with a facilitator’s guide that can also be used for self-directed learning.

iEnglish logoiEnglish

iEnglish is a set of resources and videos to give learners the tools they need to learn independently and to approach learning outside of the classroom in an effective way.

Learning English with CBC Manitoba thumbnail imageLearning English with CBC Manitoba

Learning English with CBC Manitoba has English as an Additional Language (EAL) lessons and newscasts which are based on CBC Manitoba radio stories broadcast on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM and 990 AM. All of the lessons provide opportunities for you to improve your English while learning more about Manitoba’s culture, people and language.

Citizenship study materials for Newcomers to Manitoba thumbnail imageCitizenship Study Materials for Newcomers to Manitoba (17 MB PDF file)

This resource can be used for self-study or with a facilitator to help newcomers prepare for their citizenship test. It is based on the 2011 Discover Canada study guide. This resource is written in plain English and includes activities for facilitators.

A multiple-choice review is also available – don’t forget to cover the answers!

There are also audio recordings of the materials for self-study:

Winnipeg Public Library thumbnail imageWinnipeg Public Library Newcomer and EAL Resources

Winnipeg Public Library has a collection of resources for English language learners and instructors. The photo stories can be used with an instructor or for self-study.

Everyday Ways to Learn English

This webpage contains 99 ways to improve your English language proficiency inside a classroom and in your community.

National Resources

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) is the centre of expertise in support of the national standards in English and French for describing, measuring and recognizing second language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada.

The CCLB offers a range of information for learners, including information about self-assessment, assessment centres, and a plain language guide to the Canadian Language Benchmarks called Can Do Statements. Visit the For Language Learners section of the CCLB website for more information.