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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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Posted in: General Interest, Intercultural Communication

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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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Child of an Immigrant; Mother of an Immigrant—Dr. Roswita Dressler

Child of an Immigrant; Mother of an Immigrant—Dr. Roswita Dressler

I grew up as a first generation Canadian. My parents came from Germany, met in Canada, got married and had children. Growing up, I had experiences similar to some of my ESL students’ children. I heard two languages, but was English dominant by the time I went to school. I ate different foods at home […]

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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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