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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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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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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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