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Our 30-hour Reaching Out With English course is coming up in October and November! Would you, or someone you know, like to help teach English to newcomers in your church or community? Reaching Out With English is a great way to get started!

This is one 30-hour course, taught over 3 weekends:  October 3 & 4; October 17 & 18; October 31 & November 1, 2014. 

You must attend all 3 weekends to receive your certificate.

The ESL Cooperative’s 30-hour training will prepare you to use ESL to reach your community: 

  • Reach out in love across cultural boundaries
  • Learn to plan and deliver conversation-style lessons
  • Receive a comprehensive training manual and resources

Learn How To: 

  • Start a new ESL program or make your existing program more effective
  • Teach various skill areas (pronunciation, grammar, conversation) more effectively
  • Explore teaching in a cross-cultural setting
  • Serve beginning through advanced learners
  • Develop effective lesson plans
  • Locate resources for continued professional development

Observe English language classes taught by experienced TESL teachers.

Practice Teaching: Prepare and teach two short lessons to adult English language learners.

Class size is limited. Watch our Upcoming Events page for more details. Registration will open in July.

We look forward to seeing you at Reaching Out With English!

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Teacher Resources

by James Edel

Sometimes I yawn at work early in the morning as I try to get motivated to plan my lessons.  Being a well of inspiration for students is not easy or sustainable.  So for this June “column” in the Cooperative's ESL ministry newsletter I’d like to point us to something bigger. 

CELEA (Christian English Language Educators Association) was founded in 1984.  They have been providing support to Christian language teachers in many ways and one of their stated aims is “building quality into church-based and other English language programs”.  Yay, that’s many of us.  And get this… They have a newsletter of their own that I want to share with you.  You can find it by clicking the link below.  After reading through it you might feel like me, that we’re also part of a larger family. In this family, there are many brothers and sisters that the Lord is inspiring with deep thoughts and exciting life-activities.  This is good news that stifles my trying-to-wake-up-at-work yawn.  Happy reading!


James Edel currently teaches ESL at Columbia College in Calgary and attends Northside Bible Fellowship you can reach him at 587-433-6991 or

Why English is So Hard

by Anonymous

We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes. 
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not nice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called berth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim! 

This 'n' That

World Refugee Day

Friday, June 20, 2014

Genesis Centre – 7556 Falconridge Blvd. NE

4:00-6:00 pm Youth Activities

6:00-9:00 pm Main Event

Inspiring stories of former refugees, keynote speakers, celebration through multicultural art, music and dance.


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