ESL Cooperative Blog

Welcome One Another and Be a ‘Helper’ — Amber Wylie-Moerman

Welcome One Another and Be a ‘Helper’ — Amber Wylie-Moerman

I saw a quote recently, posted on Facebook that read, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’ (Fred Rogers).” We see a lot of scary things in the news lately […]

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Posted in: Amber Wylie-Moerman, General Interest, Intercultural Communication

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Soul Food Feeds Friendships—Shannon Sutherland Smith

Soul Food Feeds Friendships—Shannon Sutherland Smith

Last month, women from Afghanistan, Peru, Mexico, India, Pakistan, Cyprus, Brazil and many other countries squeezed into our church kitchen to season bread crumbs, peel potatoes, baste turkeys and set a table that just seemed to get longer and longer as the morning progressed and we realized just how many people we were going to […]

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Posted in: General Interest, Intercultural Communication, Shannon Sutherland Smith

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Blessed in ESL by Earl Stevick—James Edel

Blessed in ESL by Earl Stevick—James Edel

Sometimes I think the Professional Development (PD) Day means, for me as a teacher, a day to relax and text a bit, while people talk incessantly about the latest teaching fads, or what the government is currently doing, or which way the pendulum is swinging in our field.  But I was recently rebuked for my disinterest in […]

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

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The Value of Comics for ESL Learners—Dr. Roswita Dressler

The Value of Comics for ESL Learners—Dr. Roswita Dressler

I attended an interesting conference recently on Comics and Contemporary Literacy http://werklund.ucalgary.ca/ldlp/schedule . The speakers were all people who write and draw comic books or graphic novels and the purpose of the conference was to raise awareness as to the strengths of comics as a type of literature that has its own unique characteristics.

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Helping Prepare Adult English Learners for Employment—Dale Fisher

Helping Prepare Adult English Learners for Employment—Dale Fisher

When we meet with adult English learners, questions around employment are always near the surface. Those who do not have a job, know they need to get one. Those who have jobs, want to move beyond their “survival” job, to one that better uses their qualifications and experience.

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Posted in: Dale Fisher, ESL Classroom, ESL Tips

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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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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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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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