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A Fond Farewell to Bev Chambers — Dale Fisher

A FOND FAREWELL TO BEV CHAMBERS We were all sad to hear last spring that Bev Chamber’s husband, Norm, had suffered a stroke, and that Bev had to resign from her position of Administrative Coordinator to care for him. How do we say thank you to Bev Chambers for all she has contributed to CESLM? […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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