Programs / Language Coop Program

Language Co-op Program:


“Language Coop Programs at WTC are programs which formally integrate a student’s language studies with organized work experience. These programs consist of two components: an in-class study component and a work practicum component. The work practicum component has the objective of exposing a student to natural language in context in order to expand their productive and receptive language skills.”

Admission Requirements:

Students must …
  1. agree not to violate Immigration Canada regulations requiring that the work experience component NOT exceed 50% of the total duration of the Language Coop Program,
  2. enroll to study at least 24 weeks (12 weeks of in-class and 12 weeks of work experience)
  3. obtain a valid study visa and work permit to participate in the program,
  4. attend an orientation session on policies and procedures.
  5. sign a student contract during the orientation.

Graduation Requirements:

Students must …
  1. successfully complete both the in-class AND work experience components,
  2. follow all policies and procedures of the program,
  3. keep in regular contact with the Placement Coordinator.

Program Structure:

Below are the most popular Language Coop Programs, however students can apply for different periods of study. WTC sets the minimum program length at 24 weeks.

In-Class Component Work Experience Component* Language Coop Program
12 weeks12 weeks24 weeks
16 weeks16 weeks32 weeks
20 weeks20 weeks40 weeks
24 weeks24 weeks48 weeks

*The work experience component cannot exceed 50% of the total duration of the Language Coop Program.


The Language Coop Program begins at WTC with English language studies in the classroom for a designated period. WTC requires a minimum of 12 weeks of language study however the length of in-class study is dependent on your goals for language learning and the length of study available in Canada.
Students will take a placement test on the first day of classes and will work with the student advisor to select a program of study. WTC has 7 levels of ESL classes and specialty ESL classes to choose from. Students must be full time students and will follow the following time schedule.

WTC recommends that students be at level 6 or higher before entering the work experience component and reserves the right to delay entry based on level.

Students must maintain a grade average of 75% and keep attendance above 80% to successfully complete the in-class component.


This is an essential part of your program of study and must be completed for successful graduation from the Language Coop Program. It cannot exceed 50% of the total duration of the Language Coop Program and WTC requires a minimum of 12 weeks of work experience.
WTC offers two options for placement during the Work Experience Component:

  1. Specialized Language Practicum” – these work practicum placements are skilled/professional work placements the purpose of which is to give students the opportunity to learn and develop career relevant language skills related to their career field of interest.

    These placements are often unpaid, or paid by stipend though not necessarily.
  2. General Language Practicum” – these work practicum placements are typically unskilled/entry level positions, often in the service industry, the purpose of which is to give students the opportunity to learn general language skills and develop their fluency.

    These practicum placements are typically paid positions, though not necessarily.

For successful completion, students must complete the full work experience component, must submit monthly progress reports and must remain compliant with the terms and conditions of the work permit.


Finding a placement …

Work experience placements will be arranged by reputable partners of WTC. Partners have agreed in writing to follow WTC policies and procedures for the Language Coop Program. Students may also choose to find a work placement on their own.

The placements locations …

The placement will likely be in British Columbia, however other areas of Canada can be considered if a suitable placement is found.

The work experience placement can be done with private, public, and non-profit companies and organizations, subject to certain excluded fields. The work practicum can be paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time. Here are some industries and positions that students may be placed …

Café/ Restaurant Barista, Counter Staff, Server, Host/Hostess
Trade/ Import-Export Customer Service, HR Assistant, Inventory Taker, Logistics Intern, Office Administrator
Retail Customer Service, Sales Clerk, Retail Assistant
Finance Cashier, Office Clerk, Accounting Assistant, Marketing Assistant
IT Programmer Assistant, Web Developer
Marketing Marketing Assistant, Consumer Research Staff
Office Office Clerk, HR Assistant, Finance Assistant, Receptionist, Office Administrator, Legal Assistant
Engineering Assistant Engineer, Assistant Designer
Science Chemistry and Biology Lab Assistant
The placement conditions …

The placement MUST comply with all applicable Canadian federal, provincial and territorial laws and regulations. All placements will be with an employer who agrees to meet obligations under the

  1. Immigration Policies (click here),
  2. Employment Standards Act (click here),
  3. Workplace Health and Safety Act (click here),
  4. Languages Canada Standards and Specifications for Language Coop Programs (click here)
Monitoring and completion …
  • During the Work Experience Component, the Coordinator will monitor student progress and assist in resolving any issues that come up.
  • The Coordinator will be in contact at least once every 4-week session for follow-up.
  • Students are required to submit a progress report at the end of each session.
  • The employer will submit a final report and reference letter for students successfully completing the work experience placement.


Paid placements will pay minimum wage or higher in the province of placement.
General minimum wage in British Columbia is $10.25 per hour. There are some exceptions to this depending on the industry (read more at click here).
The maximum wage will depend on the employer and the industry (type of work being done).


Unpaid placements or placements paid by a stipend will meet the following conditions.

  1. The student must have language learning opportunities from the host organization that are similar to learning opportunities that they would receive in an educational environment;
  2. The activities done by the student during the unpaid placement are primarily for the benefit of the student in terms of language learning;
  3. The host organization derives little, if any, benefit from the activity of the student while he or she is on placement with them;
  4. The student does not displace employees of the host organization providing the placement;
  5. The student is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the placement; and
  6. The student must be advised that he or she will receive no wages for the placement prior to starting.


WTC has an onsite Placement Coordinator to monitor and support students. Students can expect …

  • Monthly Support Workshops to help students prepare for the work experience component of the program.
  • Introductions and cooperation with placement companies to find suitable placements and to schedule interviews.
  • Assistance for finding accommodation and living information for placements outside of the Greater Vancouver Area.
  • Ongoing support during the work experience placement.

    WTC guarantees to students enrolled in the Work Experience Program that policies and procedures are in place as required by Languages Canada. Contact your school advisor should you have any questions or concerns.

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