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 teaching 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.

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Tuesday May 2, 2017

The Arrival Experiences of Refugee Learners

1:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday May 23, 2017

The Influence of Trauma in the Classroom

9:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday June 13, 2017

Strategies for Teaching Refugees

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Refugee Training Project

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Overview

A two year project funded by Calgary Learns to create professional development workshops to strengthen the teaching 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.

Spring 2017 Workshops

Participate in upcoming training

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

Workshops are free for ELL instructors and volunteer tutors. Please note that all of the workshops will be offered as a webinar in Fall 2017.

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

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May 2, 2017

The Arrival Experiences of Refugee Learners

Workshop Facilitator:
Bindu Narula, Issues Strategist
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

This workshop will increase your awareness of refugee resettlement on a global, national, and local scale. By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of terminology related to refugees 
  • identify refugee pathways to Canada
  • describe the demographics of the current group(s) of refugees in Alberta
  • demonstrate an understanding of the refugee settlement process in Calgary
  • identify community supports and resources that are available to refugees in Calgary 

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre, 23 McDougall Ct. N.E.

May 23, 2017

The Influence of Trauma in the Classroom

Workshop Facilitator:
Karin Linschoten, Clinical Director, Health and Wellbeing Services
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

Part A: Understanding Pre-Migration Context 

This workshop will increase your understanding of the pre-migration experiences of refugees. By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the experiences refugees have before coming to Canada and adaptive behaviors which result from these experiences
  • describe the influence of culture and connections to the pre-migration country on the lives of refugee families here in Canada
  • recognize role shifts in newcomer families due to the different environments in Canada
  • describe strategies on how to increase effective communication and interaction
Part B: Trauma, Learning and Strategies for the Classroom 

This workshop will increase your understanding of trauma and its impact on learning. By the end of this workshop you will:

  • identify signs of trauma and PTSD in refugee learners and describe its impact on behavior and learning
  • describe classroom strategies for one-on-one and group interaction with a learner who has experienced trauma

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to address specific situations that you might have encountered in your classroom.

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Bow Valley College, N718

There will be a one hour lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

June 13, 2017

Strategies for Teaching Refugees

Workshop Facilitator:
Emily Albertsen, Faculty member
Centre for Excellence 

In this workshop you will examine and develop strategies for teaching refugee learners. By the end of this workshop, you will: 

  • develop an understanding of refugee learners and the impact of their experiences in the English language classroom
  • identify strategies for creating a safe classroom environment
  • describe a variety of effective teaching approaches and activities

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bow Valley College, N418

May 2, 2017

The Arrival Experiences of Refugee Learners

Workshop Facilitator:
Bindu Narula, Issues Strategist
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

This workshop will increase your awareness of refugee resettlement on a global, national, and local scale. By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of terminology related to refugees 
  • identify refugee pathways to Canada
  • describe the demographics of the current group(s) of refugees in Alberta
  • demonstrate an understanding of the refugee settlement process in Calgary
  • identify community supports and resources that are available to refugees in Calgary 

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre, 23 McDougall Ct. N.E.

May 23, 2017

The Influence of Trauma in the Classroom

Workshop Facilitator:
Karin Linschoten, Clinical Director, Health and Wellbeing Services
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

Part A: Understanding Pre-Migration Context 

This workshop will increase your understanding of the pre-migration experiences of refugees. By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the experiences refugees have before coming to Canada and adaptive behaviors which result from these experiences
  • describe the influence of culture and connections to the pre-migration country on the lives of refugee families here in Canada
  • recognize role shifts in newcomer families due to the different environments in Canada
  • describe strategies on how to increase effective communication and interaction
Part B: Trauma, Learning and Strategies for the Classroom 

This workshop will increase your understanding of trauma and its impact on learning. By the end of this workshop you will:

  • identify signs of trauma and PTSD in refugee learners and describe its impact on behavior and learning
  • describe classroom strategies for one-on-one and group interaction with a learner who has experienced trauma

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to address specific situations that you might have encountered in your classroom.

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Bow Valley College, N718

There will be a one hour lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

June 13, 2017

Strategies for Teaching Refugees

Workshop Facilitator:
Emily Albertsen, Faculty member
Centre for Excellence 

In this workshop you will examine and develop strategies for teaching refugee learners. By the end of this workshop, you will: 

  • develop an understanding of refugee learners and the impact of their experiences in the English language classroom
  • identify strategies for creating a safe classroom environment
  • describe a variety of effective teaching approaches and activities

To register, email CEIIA@bowvalleycollege.ca

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Bow Valley College, N418

Resources for Refugees in Alberta

Find and explore community resources

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

The Newcomers Guide to Calgary

A downloadable guide created by the City of Calgary that provides important information for newcomers to Calgary. Visit website

Refugee Resettlement

Provided by AAISA, this map 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: 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.
  • 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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