Programs & Services

English Language Learning

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PIRS offers various levels of English instruction for immigrant and refugee women. Our classes focus on connecting with students’ communities, building support systems and English language acquisition. Our curriculum covers health, understanding government, community building, and breaking down social isolation.


Our programs are community-based, offered in partnership with School Boards, Community Centers, and Neighbourhood Houses in Vancouver and Burnaby. All of our daytime classes include free child minding that provides a positive and engaging environment. We focus on child development and school readiness.

Our program schedule is based on the school year and runs for three terms – Fall, Winter and Spring, ending for the summer by the end of June. We feature continuous intake, so call or email us for more information to start a class at any time. Participants may also register at any location at the appropriate class time.

Our programs include:

English Classes for Women – Blended classes that are multi-level and focus on language needed to participate in the broader community.

ESL Parenting – A multi-level class focused specifically on the language and information needed to parent in the Canadian context.

Community English for Refugee Women – Multi-level classes that use trauma informed practice to create a safe space for women who may have experienced trauma.

Moving Forward – This is a program for immigrant and refugee women who speak English at an intermediate level and are ready to start exploring employment, education or training options. Participants will build an action oriented plan (goal setting) guided by a Participant and Program Support Worker. The program encourages social interaction in an intercultural environment while practising English speaking skills. Participants learn about Canadian work environment, norms and practices, job search skills and more.