Enrich your practice
At the Centre, we celebrate life-long learning and are committed to ongoing professional learning that builds capacity within our communities and workplaces.
We offer a community of professional development networks that provide opportunities to:
We currently have two well-established networks and will be launching a financial literacy network and a volunteer ELL training network in the coming months. Explore our networks and enrich your practice.
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.
Here is a list of the published stories featuring ESL Literacy expertise at the Centre:
Volunteer ELL tutor training
Since 2005, VESL (the Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Project) has supported the professional development of volunteer ELL tutors. The project is funded by Calgary Learns and is the collaborative effort of three Calgary ELL service providers: Bow Valley College, the Calgary Public Library, and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. VESL provides six face-to-face training workshops throughout the year that are offered free-of-charge to volunteers working with English language learners in Calgary.
The VESL Network is updated regulary and contains handouts from previous training workshops, tutor tips, volunteer profiles, and other useful information.
In 2015, VESL was the proud recepient of the Calgary Learns' Life of Learning (LOLA) award in the category of Learning Communities. Read more on the blog: VESL Celebrates a LOLA