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Welcome to the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

The Centre provides leadership in the integration and advancement of immigrants into Canadian society through English language learning, career advancement, intercultural awareness, and global citizenship. The foundation for success has been built and the motivation to innovate is stronger than ever.

Every year, the Centre at Bow Valley College successfully introduces over 3700 learners to language and workplace skills training programs. From this extensive work, we have conducted research, developed curricula and delivered training to assist practitioners, employers, and learners within our community and around the globe. We are a leader in the development of award-winning programs and learning resources that assist in the delivery of workplace, language, and intercultural competency training.

The Centre is a national leader in social innovation. We support immigrants in achieving their aspirations, we celebrate the advantage of diversity, and we maximize immigrant contributions to Canada's social and economic vibrancy.


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Testimonial

  • The Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement embodies the values and strategic vision of Bow Valley College. From the Centre, we develop and share expertise widely to advance language skills and intercultural understanding and leverage the strengths of both diverse communities and workplaces
    Sharon Carry
    Bow Valley College, President Emerita

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At the Centre with Jody Gilbert
English Language Learning

At the Centre with Jody Gilbert

March 22, 2017

At the Centre is an ongoing blog series that features faculty and staff at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement (CEIIA).

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Five Ways to Introduce Fraud Prevention in the ELL Classroom
English Language Learning

Five Ways to Introduce Fraud Prevention into the ELL Classroom

March 21, 2017

The following blog post was written by Heidi Beyer, a faculty member at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

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Reflections on Volunteering
Intercultural Development

Reflections on Volunteering

March 16, 2017

The following blog post was written by BVC learners Lauren Graydon (Business Administration, double major Marketing and Events Management) and Taralyn Cooper (Events Management), as part of the IC Scribe program through the Intercultural Centre.

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ACE TESOL Celebration
English Language Learning

ACE TESOL Celebration

March 14, 2017

The following blog post was written by Nancy Robertson, a Program Coordinator at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

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VESL Volunteer Profile: Elizabeth
English Language Learning

VESL Volunteer Profile: Elizabeth

March 8, 2017

Since 2005, VESL (the Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Project) has supported the professional development of volunteer ELL tutors throughout the city of Calgary.

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Upcoming Events View all

Tuesday March 28, 2017

VESL - Games for Language Learning

6:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday March 28, 2017

Curious about Calligraphy?

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wednesday March 29, 2017

Community Volunteering: Calgary Drop In Centre

1:00pm to 3:00pm
Wednesday April 5, 2017

CRTP: Information Session

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Friday April 21, 2017

Community Volunteering: BB4CK

9:00am to 12:00pm

Centre Workshops View all

Applied Research Projects View all

  • This project adopted the Open Educational Resources (OER) In the Workplace: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook. The OER was designed to support learners at Canadian Language Benchmark 5 and 6, and aims to build both language and intercultural competence. It was adopted by seven part-time language skills classes at Bow Valley College.

  • Customer Care: Cultivating the Culture and Language of Service at CLB 4 – 6

    The main focus of this project is to develop a course for learners at CLB 4 - 6 who are working in the service industry (hospitality or retail) and wish to improve their skills in the area of customer care. The course will be offered in a part-time blended format with a coaching component to consolidate learning and solidify the skills taught. The course aims to support language acquisition and intercultural competence for learners at CLB 4 – 6 by increasing:

  • Enhancing Wellbeing and Civic Engagement of Immigrant Women Retirees is a two-year SSHRC-funded Community and College Social Innovation Fund project.

    Bow Valley College and the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) have partnered to investigate the critical barriers and available supports for retired immigrant women.

  • The eLearning Toolkit was created by Bow Valley College as part of a two-phase project funded by the Alberta Government. 

    Phase One of this project produced an applied research report, Virtual Education in ELL: Opportunities, Challenges and Potential outlining project findings and recommendations for ELL online course development and delivery. 

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