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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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Posted in: Amber Wylie-Moerman, General Interest, Intercultural Communication

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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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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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Posted in: Dr. Roswita Dressler, Immigration Stories, Through the Eyes of a Newcomer

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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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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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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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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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