Instructor Training & Professional Development

For practitioners to be as effective as possible, it is crucial that they continually expand their knowledge and skills.

We are an established leader in the delivery of professional development to practitioners, enabling educators to better meet the needs of diverse learners.

The Centre is committed to building capacity in teaching and learning, and we share our expertise in numerous ways. Centre experts facilitate both face-to-face and online professional development opportunities that allow practitioners to reach beyond their classroom walls and tap into a wider network of resources and support.

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ELL Training Network

An online space for ELL practitioners to access professional development workshops, webinars, resources, and information. Visit Network

VESL Network

VESL supports the professional development of volunteer ELL tutors through the delivery of six face-to-face workshops every year. Visit Network


ESL Literacy Network

An online community of practice that provides resources and information to support the professional development of ESL literacy practitioners. Visit Network

Stories from the Field: Volume 3

Innovations in ESL literacy programming

Stories from the Field Volume 3 is a new series of stories that explores innovations in ESL literacy programming that have been spearheaded by the CEIIA. Over the past fifteen years, the CEIIA has become a recognized leader in the field of ESL literacy, producing a wealth of resources that have been developed and vetted by ESL literacy experts.

This unique applied research project is a collaboration between the Centre for Excellence in Foundational Learning and the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement (CEIIA). Stories from the Field Volume 3 reports on current issues, challenges and innovative work happening in the adult literacy and essential skills field throughout Alberta. Stories from the Field Volume 1 and Volume 2 were both published in 2014.