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 throughout Calgary.
In this workshop, participants learned some strategies for teaching vocabulary and were introduced to a variety of vocabulary building activities for the beginner English language learner.
The workshop was facilitated by Amber Whalen, 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.
- New and fresh ideas are always good! I learned words students need for everyday life, the importance of giving context and making it fun! I would love to participate in any VESL workshops available!Workshop participant
- Action packed and introduced many methods of teaching vocabulary.Workshop participant