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Seasonal, Secular, Sacred Christmas — Mary Cummins

What is Christmas? In many places in the world, Christmas is probably the most popular holiday in the year, especially for Christians.  It is very nostalgic for many people—the sights, the sounds, the smells and time spent with family and friends. Since Canada is in the Northern Hemisphere, Christmas comes in the winter season.  Thus, […]

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Dialogue Journals to Improve ESL Writing Fluency—Dr. Roswita Dressler

Dialogue Journals to Improve ESL Writing Fluency—Dr. Roswita Dressler

Sometimes we tell our students not to worry so much about how accurate their writing is, but to just take risks and write. Then we fall into the trip of correcting their grammar or spelling and we wonder, are we sending the wrong message. While many of our students care about writing correctly, it can […]

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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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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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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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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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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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