Anyone applying for Canadian citizenship is required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to prove their proficiency in either English or French. This is to ensure that as a Canadian citizen you are able to communicate successfully with other and get integrated in Canadian society. Language skills are also a key factor when applying for jobs in Canada.
Applicants must submit the exam results from either of the below two tests:
- Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) – for French
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)– for English
- CELPIP (Canadian English Language proficiency Index Program)– for English
The tests evaluate you on your language abilities in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. To get the points for your Canadian Citizenship application, you must score equal or above the threshold in listening, writing, reading, speaking. The points calculation are decided by a bench-marking scale called Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) and is regarded a threshold to qualify for any points for reach of the 4 sub skills is CLB level 7,also described as “adequate intermediate proficiency”.
It is best to take training from an authorized teacher on a regular basis to practice each of these skills. The classes can be online, in-person, or you may also consult some material available in books and online sites to get continuous practice. It is best to recognize your weak areas and concentrate especially on those.
You can also work in group where you can speak to your peers who are also interested in the same goals, and thus ensure that you understand the functional uses of language learning as well. Peer practise also gives you a fair chance to review your pronunciation, use and verbal ability to express yourself satisfactorily.
You can also watch news regularly, read the newspaper or listen to music in order to make the language acquiring process an involuntary one. This makes you more comfortable and familiar with the targeted language so that you begin to think and feel in it.
These days, there are many digital applications where you practice your language skills. These apps teach you from the basic sign adaptation to intricate sentence formation.
The only way to acquire proficiency in a second language is to practice it. One needs to make the language a part of their direct and indirect learning process. Speak and write in the targeted language as much as you can and create a positive environment around yourself that facilities that language gaining process.