Since 2005, VESL (the Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Project) has supported the professional development of volunteer ELL tutors throughout the city of Calgary. VESL is the collaborative effort of three Calgary ELL service providers with long standing volunteer programs: Bow Valley College, the Calgary Public Library, and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. The project hosts six face-to-face training workshops throughout the year that are offered free-of-charge to volunteers who support language learners in organizations througout Calgary.
In this interactive workshop, participants learned about the Language Experience Approach and ESL literacy learners.
The workshop was facilitated by Shelley McConnell, a faculty member at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
Visit the VESL Network to learn about upcoming VESL workshops and download information, handouts, and resources from over twenty previously held VESL workshops.
- A very new approach for me, especially in teaching beginner levels. I learned about anchoring experiences with language.Workshop participant
- I learned something that I can use in my own classroom – how to incorporate the students own stories.Workshop participant