Practice Makes Perfect
There are many language schools in Victoria where you could improve your English.
The government provides free English as a Second Language (ESL) training classes at Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society. There may sometimes be a long waitlist to enrol in these free classes.
Real English Victoria offers affordable ESL classes for newcomers and language learners, with the flexibility to fit your schedule. Come for an hour a day, an hour a week, or even 3 hours a day, including evening classes. Their ESL teachers go the extra mile to engage their students learning English through Project-Based Learning. Special guest lecturers and local business and community leaders present and help students build their English skills.
Here! Magazine is a print and digital language and culture magazine for newcomers to Canada. The magazine is easy to read and you can improve your English along the way. Find out how other immigrants are settling in Victoria, learn about Canadian culture and the important issues that matter to immigrants. Print editions can be found at all Greater Victoria Public Library locations, the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, Camosun College, the University of Victoria, community and recreation centres, and selected businesses and organization around Greater Victoria. The online edition can be found at heremagazine.ca
Friends of Asia Meetup is a local social website for those who are Asian or those who are interested in Asian culture. It allows you to practice your English, meet new friends, network, and explore Victoria. The social activities range from trying out different restaurants, exercising (hiking, rock climbing), cultural activities (dragon boat festival, learning Bollywood dancing) to checking out local events together (Victoria Symphony Splash). It’s free to join.