By helping you understand what you can do in English.
"Learn English Nova Scotia" administers a number of CLB-based tests to help you achieve your language education goals.Learn More
Get access to free* English language programs, courses, and training activities across Nova Scotia.Learn More
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* Assessments are free for eligible immigrants only. Check our FAQ section to find out on your eligibility.
Want to learn or improve your English and/or French?
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We're passionate about helping you find out what you can do in English!
Learn English Nova Scotia (LENS) is a licensed Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) language assessment centre.
Using the Canadian Language Benchmarks, we provide assessment and language education counselling and referrals.
We're a team of certified and experienced language assessors and language education counsellors.
Erin McDonald has owned and operated Learn English NS (also known as LASNS) since 2011 and is thrilled to meet so many new people everyday.
Her background is in adult education and EAL instruction. She has been assessing using the Canadian Language Benchmarks since 2004.
Erin is also a board member of the Prismatic Arts Festival, Canada's only multi-art festival featuring culturally diverse and Aborigional artists.
Olga Sarycheva, the Language Assessment and Counselling Coordinator, has 22 years of experience working in the English as a Second Language field as a teacher and an administrator.
Olga has taught many professional and academic English courses in private and publicly funded institutions in Russia and Canada, including Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) and Dalhouise University in Halifax.
As the LENS Coordinator, Olga manages provincial and online assessments of eligible immigrants in Nova Scotia.
She is also a certified CLBPT and CELBAN Speaking assessor with LENS.
Nicola is the Academic Director and English Language Instructor at Eurocentres Atlantic Canada.
Her career as a second language teacher began over 20 years ago in Spain. Since then, she has taught groups and individual learners of all ages and levels of proficiency.
Her own experiences as a language learner, combined with her familiarity of living and traveling abroad, complement her formal pedagogical training and strong intuitions in the teaching profession.
She has been a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessor since 2014 and enjoys playing a small role in helping newcomers to Nova Scotia get settled here.
I started my ESL career in Fiji as a volunteer grade 5 teacher. Since then, I have worked with immigrants and international students in Halifax.
In addition to assessing at LENS, I teach ESL at Dalhousie University. More often, though, you can find me with my energetic family in picturesque Ketch Harbour.
Anne is passionate about working with newcomers to Canada. She has been involved with newcomer programs since 1994. She has worked as an EAL instructor, a LINC program manager and a CLB language assessor.
She currently completes literacy and CELBAN assessments with LENS. She is also the coordinator for the English Language Learning for Adults Program at the Bedford Public Library, and writes test items for the CELPIP
assessment through Paragon Testing.
In her free time, she loves to read, write, play piano, and travel.
Darlene MacInnis is a certified CLBA, CLBPT, ELTPA and CELBAN assessor. She has 8 years of experience working with LENS in this capacity.
She has also worked at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) in Employment and Bridging Unit for 20 years.
Her past roles include LINC teacher, Volunteer Co-ordinator, and Employment Counselor. These roles have provided her with extensive experience working with immigrant clientele.
In her spare time she volunteers with The Atlantic Film Festival and is the current TESL NS representative for TESL Canada.
I am traveller at heart which led me to become an English language assessor and, in doing so, I continue to travel the world through our clients.
I taught English in Japan for many years but returned to my Canadian roots to pursue a pottery career that began abroad.
A little bit of that and a little bit of this led me back to working with language and, after being trained as an assessor in 2004, I've been doing more and more of this with a bit of pottery on the side.
I have worked with adults as an English as an Additional Language teacher for more than 25 years and have really loved this career. I began as a substitute summer school teacher, moved to evening classes and then worked in a wonderful full-time program in Dartmouth.
In 2005, I was trained as a CLBPT assessor and began doing assessments out of the classroom on weekends and evenings.
Nowadays, I am working at a variety of jobs. I do Outreach work in the community, visiting new moms who want to learn English; I teach a level 6 evening class; I do work online, rating writing assignments and, as well, have the pleasure of working as an assessor with LENS.
I hope our paths cross!