Language Learning

English and French are Canada’s two official languages. Learning one or both of these languages will help you as you settle into your new home. The Acadian culture is strong in Cape Breton – Unama’ki and you’ll hear folks speaking French in various spots around the Island, but most people on the Island speak English as well.

French and English learning options

The Nova Scotia Department of Immigration & Population Growth outlines French and English language learning options. In this video Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides an overview of the importance of language learning and how to access free classes for learners of all levels. 

English Conversation Series

English Conversation Series is a free online library program where newcomers are invited to speak English with other immigrants and volunteers via zoom.

The International Centre English for Academic Purposes Nova Scotia (ICEAP)

The International Centre English for Academic Purposes Nova Scotia (ICEAP) is located in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia and on the Cape Breton University (CBU) campus in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The centre offers English for Academic Preparation to international students who wish to enter university but lack the required English proficiency. 

French learning

There are a number of resources available to those who wish to start or further their Francophone language learning, including L’Université Sainte-Anne and Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, a division of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Mi’kmaq language

The language learning app L’nui’suti is recommended for those looking to learn this language. The Mi’kmaq Language Resources – Msit Kisitaqn L’nui’simkewe’l (MKL), maintained by Unama’ki College, Cape Breton University, is also another option for further Mi’kmaq learning.

The Gaelic language

The Gaelic language is rooted in the strong Scottish heritage of Cape Breton. Language and immersion programs of all levels are available at various times throughout the year.  Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College is an educational non-profit institution, offering year-round programming in the culture, music, language, crafts, customs, and traditions of the immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland.

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Last Modified: October 4, 2021