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Middle East Expert Speaking in Calgary

Middle East Expert Speaking in Calgary

On April 9, 2016, Middle East expert Peter Twele (MA in Linguistics) will speak at our full-day spring training event Building Bridges: Responding to the Refugee Crisis. Peter carried out research through a number of institutions while residing in the Middle East for 11 years, and for the past 20 years has consulted for various Middle […]

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My Bread and Butter Lesson—James Edel

My Bread and Butter Lesson—James Edel

My ESL class has been studying the Canadian Food Guide lately.  So, we’ve been learning that there are four food groups: Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, Milk & Alternatives, and Meat & Alternatives. Tricky situations do emerge.  Why are nuts meat? Why are eggs meat?  Why are lentils meat? Is a tomato a fruit or […]

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Posted in: ESL Classroom, ESL Tips, General Interest, Intercultural Communication, James Edel

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With a Song in Your Heart—Dr. Roswita Dressler

With a Song in Your Heart—Dr. Roswita Dressler

“L-is for the way you look at me”. I heard Michael Bublé serenading our adult beginner ESL class the other night and I thought to myself “what is up?” When I went in, I discovered that our creative and adventuresome teacher had decided to work with a Valentine’s theme and bring in songs for students […]

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Posted in: Dr. Roswita Dressler, ESL Classroom, ESL Tips

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How to Help Refugees with their English—Dale Fisher

How to Help Refugees with their English—Dale Fisher

Many groups are responding generously to the call to sponsor Syrian refugees. This is wonderful because these people will need this support, guidance and friendship for many years. CESLM can help with this process because we have a wealth of experience and resources to offer. All refugees will be eligible for free LINC classes, unless […]

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Posted in: Dale Fisher, ESL Classroom, ESL Tips, Intercultural Communication

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Emigration: Through the Eyes of a Child, Part Two—Karin Kossman

Emigration: Through the Eyes of a Child, Part Two—Karin Kossman

Karin Kossman (Jorgensen) emigrated from Denmark to Canada when she was eight years old. Here, she shares part two of her story about life on the ship as they leave Copenhagen for North America. These are Karin’s own words, but they have been mildly edited for clarity. Part One can be viewed here. LIFE ON THE […]

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Posted in: Emigration, Immigration Stories, Karin Kossman, Through the Eyes of a Newcomer

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Syrian Refugees: How Can We Help

Syrian Refugees: How Can We Help

 The Syrian refugee crisis has been prevalent in the media lately, along with Canada’s response. Our new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has committed to providing shelter for 25,000 refugees who will arrive in Canada in the coming months. Of these, approximately 2,300 will make Calgary their new home*. Last week, sixteen refugees arrived, reuniting with family they […]

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Spoken Grammar – Dr. Roswita Dressler

Spoken Grammar – Dr. Roswita Dressler

“Full sentences, please.” Have you ever been in a language class where the teacher reminded students to speak in full sentences? Have you ever thought about how odd that request actually is? I recently went to a workshop for English as a Second Language teachers where the presenter, Jane Willis, reminded us that spontaneous speech […]

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Posted in: Dr. Roswita Dressler, ESL Classroom, ESL Tips, Intercultural Communication

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Be Not Overwhelmed – Dale Fisher

Be Not Overwhelmed – Dale Fisher

Two weeks ago, I was listening to several excellent speakers at our Reaching Out With English course. I was inspired by the content and the well thought out presentations. But I also sensed that some of the participants were overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information and the realization of how much in involved in […]

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The Golden Road to Being a Canadian Citizen – Adeline Tataille-Knisely

The Golden Road to Being a Canadian Citizen – Adeline Tataille-Knisely

I’m very humble and feeling blessed to be granted as a Canadian citizen. It wasn’t something that I even hoped for, but in everything God always has a plan for those who believe. Before I met my Canadian husband, I met a Canadian pastor who was willing to invest in me and supported me to […]

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Posted in: Adeline Tataille-Knisley, General Interest, Immigration Stories, Through the Eyes of a Newcomer

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The Struggles Facing Newcomers in Schools

The Struggles Facing Newcomers in Schools

While many of us have a keen interest in issues facing adult newcomers in Calgary, children of immigrant parents have their own set of struggles.  In the September 2015 issue of Albertaviews, an article entitled “Language Limbo – The urgent need for more ESL instruction in school” by Marcello Di Cintio, called for more attention […]

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Posted in: ESL Classroom, General Interest, Immigration Stories, Intercultural Communication, James Edel

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