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Just a reminder that Tuesday, April 22nd is the early bird deadline for Spring Training! Save $15 per person by registering now! Cost is $50 per person until April 22nd.

Payment can be made online through our website or you can pay by cheque (all payments, including cheques, must be received by April 22nd in order to receive your discount). Personal cheques may be sent to: Cooperative ESL Ministries c/o 84 Edgeland Road NW Calgary, Alberta T3A 2Y4 

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We look forward to seeing you at Spring Training!

Speaking Of...

We are blessed to have a fantastic lineup of speakers for our annual Spring Training Event. This six-hour event is a wonderful opportunity for ESL leaders, teachers and volunteers to bolster their training, receive encouragement, and share resources and fellowship.

Spring Training 2014 will build on and complement the theme of going Beyond the Welcome that was presented at our Networking event in February (you will benefit from our Spring Training lineup, even if you did not attend our Networking event). Join us as we learn more about building relationships with newcomers!

Click here to register for Spring Training

Please see our website for a complete list of Spring Training workshops and details. Bios for our event speakers are listed below:

Dr. Carolyn Kristjánsson is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at Trinity Western University in BC where she teaches in the resident and online MA TESOL programs.  She has experienced international relocation and language learning as both a child and adult and has taught in various types of English language programs in ESL and EFL contexts. Her publications include research on identity and interpersonal dynamics in church-sponsored ESL and online graduate education in TESOL.  She loves to connect with students and program providers in church-sponsored ESL programs.

John Kivell: John has been personally involved in Alpha courses for over 20 years and has seen God change many lives wonderfully through this amazing and effective outreach tool.  He has coordinated Alphas in local churches, coffee shops, home groups and a Provincial Jail (as a presenter, not a guest).  Having retired from a successful career in business, his retirement career is now serving as the full-time Regional Director for Alberta with Alpha Canada.

Wanda Ho: Drifted away from God for many years, Wanda was brought back to her faith in Christ through Alpha in Beijing.  Since then she witnessed how Alpha impacted the local and expat community in China bringing people to Christ.  When she moved back to Canada in 2009, she joined Alpha Canada as Director of Chinese initiative.  She also serves churches that reach out to multi-ethnic communities using Alpha ESOL.

Bud FuchsB.Sc Ed., M.A.C. Ed., Serving at Central Baptist, Edmonton since January 2007 as Pastor of Missions and Outreach.  In full-time ministry since 1978 in 3 countries, including 2 Canadian provinces, 6 U.S. states and Cameroon.  Roles of Youth Pastor, Missionary, Assoc. Dir. of a Mission Org., Church Planter, Church Mobilizer for International Students, Inc.  Married to Lois since 1973, with three married sons, one more in high school, and 7 grandchildren.  Interests include: Visiting our grandkids, watching sports of all kinds, & playing golf.  My favorite verse is Romans 8:28 ”And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Shannon IrwinHas several years’ experience in management and training of volunteers for ministry and mission. Currently she is the Volunteer Engagement Manager & Volunteer Coordinator for Guest Services with Centre Street Church, and also works for Samaritan’s Purse where she is the Regional Manager of Ministry Projects, connecting volunteers and ministry partners.  Shannon is a graduate of Briercrest Bible College and the University of Lethbridge, and she has overseas mission experience in Uganda, Mexico, Belize, Austria, Germany, and Hungary.

Dr. Roswita Dressler: Is a former German, French and ESL teacher who works at the University of Calgary teaching future second language teachers. She volunteers in her church’s ESL program, run twice a year for six weeks. She and her husband have four children.

Silvia RossiHas been teaching languages since 1991. At Mount Royal University, she has taught English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. She holds a TESL certificate from International House, London, England (CELTA), and she completed a master’s degree in second language acquisition at the University of Calgary in 2006. Silvia has taught English in Brazil, Poland, Japan, France, the U.K. and Canada. She is currently the Project Coordinator in the Languages Institute at Mount Royal. At the moment, her research interests are personal – how to raise her eight year old daughter to be a successful Spanish-English-French trilingual.

Details At A Glance:

Spring Training 2014—Beyond the Welcome: Building Relationships with Newcomers

Saturday, April 26, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30)

Cost: $65 per person ($50 prior to April 22nd).

Southwood United Church (10690 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary)

To Register, Click Here

Stories Anyone?

by James Edel

I’ve been collecting stories from my students the last year or two.  I love Mondays because I can ask my students how their weekends were and inevitably some crazy, outlandish, or fascinating-to-me event happened to them. I’ll ask “What happened on the weekend?” or “How was your weekend; what did you do?” then we take down the most interesting response and write a story about it. 

When we’re finished, they copy the story into their notebooks and file it in their binders under stories [let’s not forget to be organized].  After a few months, voila, you have interesting reading material!  My students have been kind enough to share their stories here: www.mystoryesl.wikispaces.com *

Why do I do this?  Well, stories are good, I’m not good at telling stories, but many of our students are.  It’s a way to build on their lives and on some people’s main skill: story-telling.  Some people have had some real adventures – in their country of origin and here.  I’ve got to hand it to my students they’re brave to do this!  They were willing to sign paperwork and put their stories online with varying levels of anonymity.  Please treasure, enjoy, and better yet—please contribute!!!*

*if you set up your own account on wikispaces this story website is open for posting by the public.

James Edel currently teaches ESL at Columbia College in Calgary and attends Northside Bible Fellowship

This 'n' That

SOT and Ethos Youth and Family

The Community Support Program for Survivors of Torture and ethos Youth & Family is taking registration for the following session:

Session C: Refugee Trauma: Children and Adolescents

  • April 22: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Genesis Centre, 1000 Voices Centre, 7556 Falconridge Blvd NE
  • Presented by Donna D. Gould, M.Ed., R.Psych
  • This session’s topics include youth survivor of war trauma demographics and challenges, how trauma affects younger refugees, support and intervention tips
  • This session is geared toward service providers, teachers, youth workers, and anyone interested in the refugee population.

Click here to register for this free event.
(This is not a CESLM event, so we can offer no further details) 

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