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Emigration: Through the Eyes of a Child—Karin Kossman

Emigration: Through the Eyes of a Child—Karin Kossman

  Headline: Copenhagen News—December 1954 “MOTHER AND SIX CHILDREN SAY GOODBYE TO THE OLD COUNTRY” We will join my father who, for seven months, made enough money blacksmithing in the vast country of Canada, in America, for our departure from our homeland, Denmark. As an eight year old at the time—one of those six children—I […]

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

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Intercultural Communication: Gestures — Dr. Roswita Dressler

Intercultural Communication: Gestures — Dr. Roswita Dressler

Have you ever heard the saying “a smile means the same in any language”? While this statement may be true, it might be one of the few generalizations a person can make about gestures or facial expressions being universal. Gestures are given meaning by the culture in which they are used and since they have […]

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

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What a Cultural Shock, huh? — Yaa Serwaa Somuah

What a Cultural Shock, huh? — Yaa Serwaa Somuah

One of the comments I always get from Canadians is: “What a cultural shock, huh?” Most times when I meet people and they get to know that I am a newbie, after the initial interrogations, they say those words.

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Posted in: General Interest, Immigration Stories, Through the Eyes of a Newcomer, Yaa Serwaa Somuah

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10 Tips For Dealing With Late ESL Students — James Edel

10 Tips For Dealing With Late ESL Students — James Edel

From the vault: this article originally ran in our May 2013 newsletter. Here are ten tips to help you deal with late students in your ESL class: Start with a bang!  Use a mini-lesson or a quick comment based on the front page of the newspaper, so that if students come in late they have missed […]

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Posted in: ESL Classroom, ESL Tips, James Edel

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Contrasting Countries—Adeline Tataille-Knisley

Contrasting Countries—Adeline Tataille-Knisley

There is a huge difference between a developed country and a developing country or third world country. When you holistically look at a developed country like Canada you see: The people has access to potable water Access to education The people has access to work Access to health care Good infrastructure Then let’s take a […]

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

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My Family’s Immigration Story — James Edel

My Family’s Immigration Story — James Edel

In today’s blog post, CESLM’s Vice-President, James Edel, shares how his grandfather’s family came over to Canada. The Russians made my great-grandfather Julius fight in a war.  This would have been a very bad experience for anyone, but on top of this, he didn’t speak Russian—he spoke German.  My great-grandfather hated war and this one was a […]

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Posted in: Immigration Stories, James Edel

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Small Conversation Classes — Dale Fisher

Small Conversation Classes — Dale Fisher

Very often Church or library based ESL classes are conversation-based. These are very easy to start, and are good for leaders who do not have a strong ESL background. Even though learners say they just want conversation, we need to talk about something. The learners often find it difficult to say what they want to […]

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Home Away From Home (part 1) – Yaa Serwaa Somuah

Home Away From Home (part 1) – Yaa Serwaa Somuah

Note from the editor: Yaa Serwaa Somuah shares with us a part of her story about coming to Canada and how she learned to embrace her native language and culture amidst the Canadian one. It has been lightly edited for clarity, but the words are her own. Language is a medium of communication in humankind. Different languages are carriers […]

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Posted in: Immigration Stories, Through the Eyes of a Newcomer, Yaa Serwaa Somuah

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ESL Tutoring Tips — Randy Easthouse

ESL Tutoring Tips — Randy Easthouse

I have been tutoring ESL and English composition in the Calgary area for the last six years, in addition to my contracts with CBLA and university programs. For a while now, this has been the only way to work fulltime in ESL. Having tutored high school students, university students, and corporate foreign professionals, I have […]

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