Learn how the library can help you learn English and find other community programs available.

Learning English with Surrey Libraries

We have programs, online tools, and study materials to help.

Programs
ESL Conversation Circles - We have online ESL conversation circles. Practice speaking English as we discuss an interesting topic each week in a fun and friendly online group setting.

Online Tools
Learning Express — Practice tests and tutorial courses. TOEFL, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and a wide range of other subjects. 
Mango Languages — Learn English or other languages online! 
Road to IELTS — A practice resource for the IELTS exams.

Study Materials
We have study materials for tests like IELTS and CELPIP. We also have books and kits for grammar, vocabulary, idioms and more.

Community Programs

English Classes @ DIVERSEcity
Tel: 604-547-1203    languageprograms@dcrs.ca
Offers a range of English classes in Surrey.  Currently offering online versions of their classes. This includes conversation circles, reading and writing classes, and LINC classes. Call or check their website for the latest classes.

English Conversation Circle @ Mosaic Surrey Newcomers’ Centre
7134 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC 
Tel: 778-591-9334  
Currently suspended due to COVID-19. Practice your English in a group environment. Currently offering online version of their programs. Also have monthly free citizenship classes, settlement workshops, support groups, literacy classes and more.

English Conversation Programs @ Surrey Recreation
Tel: 604-501-5100 (register)
Free programs offered by Surrey Parks and Recreation.  For more information call or ask at your local recreation centre.

English Circle @ Alexandra
2916 McBride Avenue, Crescent Beach,  BC V4A 3G2
Tel: 604-535-0015 
Free, drop-in conversation group from newcomers. Currently virtual.

ESL Classes @ Options
Tel: 604-250-1766 (Martha)
Tel: 778-871-5647 (Tesni)
Currently offering a range of free online-only classes for permanent residents. Call for further details.

ESL Studies @ Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Tel: 604-599-2321
Prepares students for academic university courses.  Permanent residents and domestic students can apply for tuition free status. Nominal student fees apply.

Surrey School District’s Literacy Foundations
Invergarry Adult Education 12772 88 Avenue Surrey, B.C. V3W 3J9
Tel: 604-595-8218
For students (PR and Canadian citizens) wishing to attain their high school completion and whose first language is not English. Provides English instruction to prepare for academic courses. For adult students who need to upgrade skills for grade 10, 11 and 12 courses.

Umoja Adult Literacy and Life Skills
#208 – 14888 104 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3R 1M4
Tel: 604-581-5574 
New arrivals to Canada and individuals who have been in Canada for years and want to take the first step in learning how to speak, read and write English are welcome. Life skills workshops. 

LINC –Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

The LINC program is funded by the federal government and is free.

To qualify you must:

  • Be a newcomer to Canada
  • 17 years old or older
  • Permanent resident
  • Have at least one of the approved documents (list of these is in the online document linked above. Ask library staff if you are unsure.)

The following do not qualify:  Canadian citizens, temporary visitors, temporary foreign workers and refugee claimants who have not yet received a positive decision on their refugee status claim. 

Apply at:
Surrey Language Assessment Centre
#202 – 7337 137th St. Surrey, BC V3W 1A4

Tel: 604-507-4150   Fax: 604-507-4155  surreylac@yahoo.ca

Once you have been accepted you will also go here for an assessment test. After that the LINC classes are offered at a number of locations  in Surrey and they will help you find the one closest to home.

Looking for services not covered here?

Please ask at your local library. We are here to help.

You can also call 211 for a free, confidential, multilingual information and referral line to a full range of community, social, and government services. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you would like further information or if you spot a change that is needed you can contact us.

Surrey Libraries does not endorse or promote particular resources or programs, and inclusion here does not imply the Library’s endorsement.