Volunteer & Employment Opportunities

This area is to connect ESL programs and volunteers. If your church ESL program is looking for volunteers, please email resources@eslcooperative.ca with your opportunity and we will list it on this page.

ESL volunteers needed at the following locations:

AGAPÉ LANGUAGE CENTRE—NW CALGARY, AB
Agapé Language Centre is looking for amazing volunteers to help in our Conversation Circle program. The class
is a great place for people of all backgrounds to come together, make friends and develop their English skills.
Join us to make an impact on the lives of the students that come every week. Classes are on Mondays and
Thursdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Email us at contact@agapelanguagecentre.com or call 403.516.1846.

GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH—SW CALGARY, AB
We are looking for volunteers willing to assist in our ESL program one morning (or more if they want) per
week for 2 hours. Our program starts September 16th and runs in 6-week sessions until early June. ESL
classes run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. We try to have two teachers for each
level for each day to ensure all levels are covered in the event of illness or vacations. Contact Julie Clayton,
ELL Coordinator at 403 969-2300 or eslgracechurch@gmail.com.

KING’S COURT CHURCH—AIRDRIE, AB
We are looking for a volunteer ESL instructor whose first language is English, with excellent communication
skills, patience and the ability to relate to students of diverse backgrounds. Knowledge of computer-based
training and desktop publishing software and a bachelor’s degree is an advantage with a minimum of 2-years’
experience teaching ESL. Classes are on Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. Contact Sade Adewumi
at esl@rccgairdrie.org or 403.922.7347.

THE VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY CHURCH—CALGARY, AB
The Vietnamese Community Church is seeking a volunteer ESL teacher for a period of about 10-12 weeks this
fall. This ESL class is a part of our ministry to help newcomers learn English, as well as have a better life in
Canada. Call Pastor Tan Ngo at 403.922.2209 or by email at ngoviettan@hotmail.com.

If your church ESL program is looking for employees, please email resources@eslcooperative.ca  with your opportunity and we will list it on this page.

Resources For Teachers

Mother’s Day Resources

About Canada Resources

Spring and Summer Resources

Easter Resources

Valentine’s Day Resources

Christmas Resources

Interactive English 2–This free resource from NorQuest College focuses on learners at a CLB 2 to 4 and is built around short stories using video, audio, and text to create opportunities for learners to safely experience and understand Canadian culture and develop functional literacy skills.

Interactive English 2 is suitable for adults who are learning in a classroom setting, training in employment preparation, studying with community tutors, or working on their own self-directed language learners.

ESL Rural Routes–Find various resources for lesson planning, teacher training, cultural diversity training, and many other resources to help you with your teaching needs.

LINC Student Assessment

These resources are to help determine student English skills according to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Please remember this is for informal use only to help gauge their approximate English level.

Students wishing to have their Canadian Language Benchmarks officially tested should consult Immigrant Services Calgary for an assessment

Canadian Language Benchmarks Documents

Bow Valley College

Alberta Reading Benchmarks for Adults

(not specific to ESL, but a great resource to assess student reading levels)

ESL Teaching TipsESL Theme-Based ResourcesESL Lesson Planning Curriculum GuidesESL General ResourcesESL Reading ResourcesESL Grammar ResourcesESL Bible Study ResourcesNorQuest College ESL ResourcesNews Videos for Learning EnglishESL Student AssessmentCultural Tips for Teachers

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has a developed a short video called Navigating the Health Care System, Getting Health Care When you are Sick. It’s translated and recorded in 9 languages. Teachers may use the English version as a teaching tool. At the end of the video, the contact information is outdated. Please update your students with the following changes: Alberta Health Link 811: myhealth.alberta.ca/811.

For copies of the video contact Sylvie Lebihan at 403 955-1213 or Sylvie Lebihan.

Book an AHS presentation for your ESL Class

To book an AHS representative to come and present to your ESL class, read the presentation form and choose a topic most appropriate for your learners’ level. Then fill out the presentation request form on the last page of this PDF form: AB Health 2018-Nov-English level-Presentation list and email it to Yvonne Hau or Sylvie Lebihan.

Please note that we request a minimum of 10 students per presentation and the earlier you book the better chance we can fulfill your request. Please give us at least one month notice.

For more information and to send back the completed presentation request form, please contact:

Yvonne Hau, Diversity Liaison

Public Health, Alberta Health Services—Calgary Zone

East Calgary Health Centre

4715-8th Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2A 3N4

Tel: 403.955.1486

Best Practices in Supporting the Integration of Immigrant Families Through Small Ethno-cultural Organizations.

  • Read the full document here. – PDF

Resources For Students

  • Improve Your English – Webpage
  • Free online ESL resources for teachers and learners. The Government of Alberta, Human Services funded the development of a series of ESL lessons and activities. Lessons are aimed at learners with a CLB proficiency level of benchmark 6 with free downloads.

Directions for Immigrants at Bow Valley College assists internationally educated immigrants with information and support towards employment and accreditation in their professional field. Services provided include a resource centre, career coaching, workshops on job search and networking, and industry networking opportunities.

Directions for Immigrants also offers study groups to prepare clients for licensing exams required by licensing bodies. Study groups are available for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical radiation technologists, medical lab technologists, and engineers. Clients may also participate in job success study groups such as Clear Communication for Business, Clear Communication for Health Professionals, and Communication Works! Immigrant professionals can utilize the services of Directions for Immigrants if they are internationally educated, legally able to work in Canada, residents of Alberta, and underemployed or unemployed.

The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth engages immigrant youth and families to fulfil their potential in Canadian society. The organization offers school programs, homework clubs, a family assistance program, and summer literacy programs.

  • E-mail: contactus@cbfy.ca
  • Phone: 403.230.7745
  • Address: 620–5920 Macleod Trail SW Calgary, AB T2H 0K2
  • Website: cbfy.ca

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society offers resettlement and integration services for newcomers. They also provide family and childcare support, seniors services, support for survivors of torture, LINC classes, computer training, notary services, career counselling, skills training, and English language instruction.

The Calgary Immigrant Education Society has 3 locations in Calgary to assist immigrants and low-income Canadians to improve their basic language and computer skills. They provide various basic ESL courses, LINC programs, employment counselling, language training for immigrant professionals, as well as computer and entry-level jobs training. For more information, check our website.

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) was established in 1982 as a non-profit organization to address the needs and concerns of immigrant and refugee women, youth, children, and families. They offer settlement and integration services, language training, childcare, employment services, and family services.

The Centre for Newcomers provides settlement services, employment services, English language training (LINC), family services, and training programs.

Immigrant Services Calgary agency offers a variety of services including interpretation and translation, English and first-language assessment, career and educational counselling, citizenship classes, settlement services and workshops, family support programs, and referrals. Immigrant Services Calgary also has a comprehensive directory of ESL programs in Calgary (view directory)

Jewish Family Service Calgary offers basic needs assistance for low income individuals and families, counselling, resettlement services, services for seniors, and vocational support.

  • E-mail: info@jfsc.org
  • Phone: 403.287.3510
  • Address: 420–300 6 Ave. SE Calgary, AB T2G 0G5
  • Website: jfsc.org

The Bridges to Success program at McBride Career Group provides pre-employment services for Albertans who require assistance in establishing and maintaining employment or accessing further education or training. Program staff work with clients to provide support and assistance to help them achieve their goals.

Windmill Micro Lending, formerly the Immigrant Access Fund, is a charitable organization that provides loans for internationally trained and educated immigrants who need help with the costs of obtaining the Canadian accreditation or training to become fully employed in their field.

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