ELL Training Network

Welcome to the English Language Learning (ELL) Training Network, a place for ELL practitioners to access professional development workshops, webinars, resources, and information to better meet the needs of English language learners.

In response to the needs of the Calgary ELL community, the ELL Training Network will focus on supporting refugee learners. Over the next two years, we will offer professional development training to strengthen the instructional skills of ELL instructors and volunteer tutors who work with refugee learners. The training will provide information, strategies, and inclusive instructional practices to better support refugee learners in the ELL classroom.

  • I appreciated the opportunity to network with others working within similar situations. Overall a well organized, professional development event.
    Workshop participant
  • This was excellent, informative, engaging and the speaker had great experience to share. Every point/slide made me think about a learner (or learners) that I’ve had.
    Workshop participant
  • Well-paced workshop. Excellent information. Compassionate approach.
    Workshop participant

Refugee Training Project

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Overview

A two year project funded by Calgary Learns to create professional development workshops to strengthen the instructional skills of ELL practitioners working with adult refugee learners.

Professional Learning

ELL practitioners will have the opportunity to participate in face-to-face workshops to increase their skills in working with refugees. Condensed versions of the workshops will be delivered as webinars.

Advisory Committee

The project advisory committee includes representatives from: Bow Valley College, Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, Calgary Immigrant Education Society, Centre for Newcomers, and Immigrant Services Calgary.

Fall 2017 Training

Participate in upcoming workshops & webinars

This professional development series is designed to strengthen the teaching skills of ELL instructors and volunteer tutors who work with refugee learners.  

Workshops and webinars are free for ELL instructors and volunteer tutors.

For more information and to register, contact CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca   

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October 12, 2017

Teaching ESL Literacy: Skills, Strategies, and Materials

Workshop Facilitator:
Emily Albertsen, Faculty member
Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement

A number of refugee English language learners also have literacy needs. In this workshop, we will discuss teaching language and literacy skills to adult ESL literacy learners.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of ESL literacy learners
  • identify emerging literacy skills to support the development of literacy
  • describe a variety of strategies for teaching ESL literacy
  • identify effective materials for the ESL literacy classroom

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bow Valley College

November 8, 2017

Towards Creating a Welcoming Space

Workshop Facilitator:
Veena Zarour-Murthy, Faculty member
Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement

Intercultural competence is not just a buzzword these days. It is vital in our classrooms. This interactive professional development workshop explores topics such as stereotypes, prejudice, bias, values, and intercultural competence.

By the end of this three-hour workshop, you will:

  • develop an increased awareness of culture and its impact on behaviour and worldview
  • identify differences in values
  • examine the importance of intercultural competence in the classroom
  • explore situational, personal, and cultural factors that influence intercultural interactions
  • develop strategies for mindful observation inquiry

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bow Valley College

November 22, 2017

Cultivating Inclusion and Belonging

Workshop Facilitator:
Veena Zarour-Murthy, Faculty member
Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement

Transitioning to a new environment is not easy and can be threatening to one’s identity and sense of self. This interactive professional development workshop explores topics such as cultural safety and transition stress to better equip you to cultivate inclusion and belonging in the classroom.

By the end of this three-hour workshop, you will:

  • examine the concept of cultural safety
  • identify strategies for achieving cultural safety in the ELL classroom
  • identify the impacts of transition stress on adapting and identity
  • explore strategies for engaging learners in cultural transition
  • identify strategies for providing a more equitable learning environment 

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bow Valley College

Fall 2017 Webinars

All of the workshops that were offered in the spring of 2017 will be offered as a webinar this fall. Visit each webinar page for more information and to register:

Arrival Experiences of Refugee Learners

The Influence of Trauma in the Classroom: Part 1

The Influence of Trauma in the Classroom: Part 2

Strategies for Teaching Refugees

October 12, 2017

Teaching ESL Literacy: Skills, Strategies, and Materials

Workshop Facilitator:
Emily Albertsen, Faculty member
Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement

A number of refugee English language learners also have literacy needs. In this workshop, we will discuss teaching language and literacy skills to adult ESL literacy learners.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of ESL literacy learners
  • identify emerging literacy skills to support the development of literacy
  • describe a variety of strategies for teaching ESL literacy
  • identify effective materials for the ESL literacy classroom

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bow Valley College

November 8, 2017

Towards Creating a Welcoming Space

Workshop Facilitator:
Veena Zarour-Murthy, Faculty member
Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement

Intercultural competence is not just a buzzword these days. It is vital in our classrooms. This interactive professional development workshop explores topics such as stereotypes, prejudice, bias, values, and intercultural competence.

By the end of this three-hour workshop, you will:

  • develop an increased awareness of culture and its impact on behaviour and worldview
  • identify differences in values
  • examine the importance of intercultural competence in the classroom
  • explore situational, personal, and cultural factors that influence intercultural interactions
  • develop strategies for mindful observation inquiry

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bow Valley College

November 22, 2017

Cultivating Inclusion and Belonging

Workshop Facilitator:
Veena Zarour-Murthy, Faculty member
Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement

Transitioning to a new environment is not easy and can be threatening to one’s identity and sense of self. This interactive professional development workshop explores topics such as cultural safety and transition stress to better equip you to cultivate inclusion and belonging in the classroom.

By the end of this three-hour workshop, you will:

  • examine the concept of cultural safety
  • identify strategies for achieving cultural safety in the ELL classroom
  • identify the impacts of transition stress on adapting and identity
  • explore strategies for engaging learners in cultural transition
  • identify strategies for providing a more equitable learning environment 

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bow Valley College

Fall 2017 Webinars

All of the workshops that were offered in the spring of 2017 will be offered as a webinar this fall. Visit each webinar page for more information and to register:

Arrival Experiences of Refugee Learners

The Influence of Trauma in the Classroom: Part 1

The Influence of Trauma in the Classroom: Part 2

Strategies for Teaching Refugees

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Resources for Refugees in Alberta

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Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre

MCRC provides temporary accomodation to refugees and services to both Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) and Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs) Visit website

Refugee Alberta

A hub of provincial information for refugees, immigrant-serving organizations, and the community. Visit website

Calgary Refugee Health

An online resource that provides refugees in Southern Alberta with access to information on health services. Visit website

Resettlement Journey in Alberta

This infographic outlines the key phases of the refugee resettlement process. Learn more

Refugee Experiences

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