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.

Upcoming 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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2018 Webinars

All of the workshops that were offered in the fall of 2017 will be offered as condensed webinars in early spring 2018:

  • Teaching ESL Literacy: Skills, Strategies, and Materials
  • Towards Creating a Welcoming Space
  • Cultivating Inclusion and Belonging

More information and webinar dates coming soon.

2018 Webinars

All of the workshops that were offered in the fall of 2017 will be offered as condensed webinars in early spring 2018:

  • Teaching ESL Literacy: Skills, Strategies, and Materials
  • Towards Creating a Welcoming Space
  • Cultivating Inclusion and Belonging

More information and webinar dates coming soon.

Workshops

Featured Resources

Resources for Refugees in Alberta

Find and explore community resources

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

Background information from diverse perspectives

Explore the following resources that highlight the diversity of refugee experiences from a Canadian and global perspective.

  • Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees
  • UNHCR: Global Trends: Information on forced displacement in 2016
  • UNHCR: Refugee Stories: A diverse collection of refugee stories available in multiple languages
  • IRCC: Stories of Refugees: Former refugees share their stories about coming to Canada
  • Refugee Backgrounders: Information about various refugee populations, including a population's history, culture, religion, language, education, and resettlement needs
  • Working with Immigrant Students: Five guides created by the Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation and the Alberta Teachers' Association to support K-12 teachers.
  • Cultural Backgrounders: A series of resources that provide general cultural information on various refugee and cultural groups new to the United States.
  • EthnoMed: Specific community cultural profiles and subjects related to ethnic groups.
  • CCR Chronicle: Canadian Council of Refugees monthly e-newsletter
  • The Refugee Project: A temporal map of global refugee migration since 1975

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