This course focuses on the language and socio-cultural communication requirements of entrepreneurs and sales and marketing occupations at CLB 6 to 8. The course addresses the language and communication skills needed to find and share information with others; communicate using technology such as telephone and email; manage interactions with colleagues, clients and business associates; introduce yourself in work-related situations; undertake employment and work-related interviews; and network effectively. Sector background knowledge and culture relevant to the workplace context in Ontario are explicitly addressed in communication practice tasks. The course is provided by Seneca.

On successful completion of the 180-hour OSLT course, participants will be able to demonstrate the communication skills required to carry out key functions described above within one of the business occupations included in the course.

OSLT classes are free for those that are eligible. Students learn the communication skills needed to find and keep a job in Canada. In class, students practice dialogue and communication tasks commonly performed on the job, in their field, sector and occupation. OSLT classes are offered part-time, twice a week evenings and weekends.

To qualify for OSLT, students need:

  • Proof of status in Canada (like a Permanent Resident card). Participants must be Permanent Residents or Convention Refugees. Canadian citizens are not eligible.
  • A Canadian Language Benchmark score of 6 or higher (CLB 6 – 8).
  • A résumé with work experience or training in the specified sector.