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Language for Work

Language for Work is a project funded by Alberta Human Services that involved the creation and pilot of a blended learning course focusing on language and intercultural skills for the workplace. The end results of this project are course guides and accompanying online materials for eight week, part- time, blended courses for learners at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels five through seven. The aim of Language for Work is to help learners develop language skills and intercultural...

Nov 10 2012
Building Skills and Expertise for Using E-learning with Adult ESL Learners #3

Welcome to our online presentation on meeting the e-learning needs of ESL learners in rural Alberta. This series of webinars was created by Justine Light and Jennifer Foote with support from Alberta Human Services, Immigration Division, as part of the Innovative Project: Building skills and expertise for using e-learning with adult ESL learners. Webinar #3 - An orientation to the remaining sections of the ESL/e-learning Guide for rural Alberta as well as, the broader project, Building skills...

Nov 10 2012
Building Skills and Expertise for Using E-learning with Adult ESL Learners #2

Welcome to our online presentation on meeting the e-learning needs of ESL learners in rural Alberta. This series of webinars was created by Justine Light and Jennifer Foote with support from Alberta Human Services, Immigration Division, as part of the Innovative Project: Building skills and expertise for using e-learning with adult ESL learners. Webinar #2 - An orientation to the Guiding Principles for using e-learning with rural ESL learners.

Nov 10 2012
Building skills and expertise for using e-learning with adult ESL learners #1

Welcome to our online presentation on meeting the e-learning needs of ESL learners in rural Alberta. This series of webinars was created by Justine Light and Jennifer Foote with support from Alberta Human Services, Immigration Division, as part of the Innovative Project: Building skills and expertise for using e-learning with adult ESL learners. Webinar #1 - An introduction to the Rural ESL context in Alberta and the potential for e-learning.

Nov 10 2012
Building Skills and Expertise for Using E-learning with Adult ESL Learners: E-learning Tools and Resources in ESL: Putting Principles Into Practice

Audio presentation by Wendy Chambers. Duration in minutes: 67:23 This session introduces the rewarding possibilities that e-learning technologies bring to English language learning and teaching from the guide, E-learning tools and resources in ESL: Putting principles into practice. A comprehensive selection of tools and resources will be discussed and demonstrated. The key features of each will be presented along with practical teaching and learning ideas to stimulate a thoughtful approach...

Nov 10 2012
A Teachers’ Guide to Learning English with CBC Radio

This teachers’ guide is intended to respond to questions that have arisen in the initial phase of the Learning English with CBC project, during teacher workshops and via the CBC website. It presents quick and easy adaptation ideas for teachers who wish to utilize this authentic, Alberta-focused resource with a variety of learners and for a wider range of activities than presented on the website.

Nov 10 2012
Reflections from a Research Project

This article sets to share some of the understandings and reflections based on the work that emerged from the a small research and design project around online education and ESL programs conducted by the Centre for Excellence for Intercultural Education (CEIE) at NorQuest College, Edmonton, Alberta between fall 2010 and Spring 2011. Specifically, the project set to discover some challenges ESL instructors may face in using online tools and relate these challenges to needs to adapt current...

Nov 10 2012
Sample Digital Book to Accompany "The Language Experience Approach in the 21st Century: Making Digital Books for and with ESL Literacy Learners"

This session will demonstrate some ways in which low level ESL literacy learners can be introduced to computer technology at the same time they are learning to read and write for the first time. Drawing on the Language Experience Approach, teachers can work with learners to create personalized digital books that document their shared experiences and community needs. A short sample digital book will be made at the end of the presentation to show how quickly and easily these materials can be...

Nov 10 2012
Wikid!, Facebook, Blackboard

Audio presentation by a Norquest Panel. Duration in minutes: 43:14 This 3 part presentation will provide instructors with information about how to use three fantastic online resources for the purpose of ESL instruction. Part 1 Wikis are a quick and easy way to introduce technology in the ESL classroom. Find out how you can set up and use a wiki for your students, and look at some examples of wikis used in ESL classes. No specialized computer knowledge is needed! Part 2 Facebook boasts of...

Nov 10 2012
Say Yes to the Tech Playing Dress-up with Presentation Tools

Audio presentation by Sheri Rhodes. Duration in minutes: 68:04 There are a variety of different technologies that we can use to present ourselves and our content to others beyond PowerPoint. In this hands-on session, we will try on different tools to see what fits our needs and how we want our content to appear whether it is text, images or other media. The tools are suitable for both instructors and students to use. The session will include demonstrations of some of the presentation tools...

Nov 10 2012
How literate are your learners?

Audio presentation by Amy Meckelborg. Duration in minutes: 74:23 There is a lot of talk these days about Multiliteracy, New Literacies, and 21 Century Literacy skills. In the first half of this session we’ll explore the meaning of these terms, how they relate to traditional concepts of literacy and what they have to do with teaching English as a second or additional language. In the second half, we’ll take a look at a variety of learning activities for both face-to-face and...

Nov 10 2012
Wikid! Using wikis with ESL Learners

Wikis are a quick and easy way to introduce technology in the ESL classroom. Find out how you can set up and use a wiki for your students, and look at some examples of wikis used in ESL classes. No specialized computer knowledge is needed!

Nov 10 2012
The Language Experience Approach: Making Digital Books for and with ESL Literacy Learners

Audio presentation by Shelley McConnell. Duration in minutes: 49:26 This session will demonstrate some ways in which low level ESL literacy learners can be introduced to computer technology at the same time they are learning to read and write for the first time. Drawing on the Language Experience Approach, teachers can work with learners to create personalized digital books that document their shared experiences and community needs. A short sample digital book will be made at...

Nov 10 2012
The Language Experience Approach: Making Digital Books for and with ESL Literacy Learners

Audio presentation by Shelley McConnell. Duration in minutes: 49:26 This session will demonstrate some ways in which low level ESL literacy learners can be introduced to computer technology at the same time they are learning to read and write for the first time. Drawing on the Language Experience Approach, teachers can work with learners to create personalized digital books that document their shared experiences and community needs. A short sample digital book will be made at...

Nov 10 2012
ESL Literacy Network

The ESL Literacy Network is an innovative website that responds to the needs of Learners with Interrupted Formal Education (LIFE) and addresses the professional development needs of ESL literacy practitioners in Alberta. This site, funded by Alberta Employment and Immigration, showcases comprehensive, research based information, resources and tools. The website provides an in-depth look at ESL literacy levels, learning needs, programming considerations, curriculum development and strategies...

Nov 10 2012
Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework

Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework is a resource designed for practitioners in the field of adult ESL literacy in Alberta. This resource addresses curriculum development from both programming and instructional perspectives, and will help you develop an ESL literacy curriculum tailored to your particular programming context. Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework outlines a process for curriculum development in five stages:

•Stage 1:...

Nov 10 2012
Creating a Writing Course with Blackboard

Blackboard is a great way to provide ESL students with writing tutorials. Find out how you can create interactive activities using some of the software available (StudyMate, Respondus, and Hot Potatoes) for your Blackboard course.

Nov 10 2012
Building Skills and Expertise for using E-learning with Adult ESL Learners: ESL & E-learning – A Guide for Rural Alberta

Large urban centres have historically received the majority of immigrants in Alberta and have consequently had larger ESL programs and more settlement services and organizations than smaller centres. In recent years, increased numbers of immigrants have been choosing smaller rural communities. In these communities, language and settlement programs are provided primarily through Community Adult Learning Councils (CALCs), Volunteer Tutor Adult Literacy Programs (VTALs), and colleges. The term...

Nov 10 2012
The Language Experience Approach in the 21st Century: Making Digital Books for and with ESL Literacy Learners

This session will demonstrate some ways in which low level ESL literacy learners can be introduced to computer technology at the same time they are learning to read and write for the first time. Drawing on the Language Experience Approach, teachers can work with learners to create personalized digital books that document their shared experiences and community needs. A short sample digital book will be made at the end of the presentation to show how quickly and easily these materials can be...

Nov 10 2012
Comparative Analysis of CLB Benchmarking Methods

The purpose of this project is to develop a comparative analysis of CLB-referenced occupational benchmarking methods that have been used to benchmark occupations and occupational training programs in Canada. The primary intent of this project is to inform the practice of occupational language benchmarking for all who have an interest in analyzing the language demands of an occupation. Shared knowledge, facilitating a discussion with current practitioners and provoking thoughtful reflection...

Nov 10 2012
Civic Engagement for Immigrant Women

Civic Engagement for Immigrant Women gives information on how to become part of one's community and become involved in decision-making processes. It includes information on individual rights and responsibilities in Canada, the voting process, contacting local government officials, joining the school council at a child’s school, and how to voice one's opinion on matters that are of importance to the person. Learning about the importance of volunteering and being involved in...

Nov 10 2012
Enhanced Language and Communication Skills for Pharmacists

This document outlines the ELT program for International Pharmacy Graduates at the Bredin Institute, Centre for Learning. This course helps students obtain proficiency to work as accredited pharmacists in Alberta, and augments their culture and communication skills specific to a community pharmacy setting. The document describes the expected outcomes, themes and assessment in this course. Work in progress.

Nov 10 2012
International Pharmacy Bridging Program Describing Pain

This document is a sample lesson used for International Pharmacy Graduates. It is designed for pharmacists at a CLB 6/7/8 to enhance their communicative competence in a community pharmacy setting. This document's focus is on vocabulary enhancement and integrating it into speaking and writing. It is also intended as an adjunct to material presented in the content courses of the Pharmacy Bridging Program, and incorporates content (in this case a chapter on Dysmennorhea) into its activities...

Nov 10 2012
2010 ATESL Conference Keynotes Presentation - Lynda Yates

Our keynote speakers have generously shared their great presentations from 2010 ATESL conference - open source for download to anyone who is interested Keynote address - Lynda Yates- Getting it all to work: Teaching and learning transcultural pragmatics

Nov 10 2012
2010 ATESL Conference Keynotes Presentation - Tom Cobb

Our keynote speakers have generously shared their great presentations from 2010 ATESL conference - open source for download to anyone who is interested Tom Cobb presented on the past and future of lextutor.ca

Nov 10 2012
Engineering Language Portfolio - Curriculum Development, Assessment & Pilot Summary Report

This summary report describes an overview, materials and lessons learned as part of the Engineering Language Portfolio (ELP). The ELP project builds on the innovative Engineering Language Portfolio developed in 2007-8 by the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers in collaboration with the Canadian Language Benchmarks Centre under an Enhanced Language Training (ELT) grant. Under a further 2-year ELT-sponsored project from April 2009 to October 2010, the portfolio was piloted in the classroom...

Nov 13 2012
Engineering Communication Language Curriculum Outline

This document provides a detailed curriculum outline for the Engineering Communication Language program. The pdf includes the outcomes and assessment framework for each of the skills linked to key workplace engineering communication tasks. The Engineering Communication Language (ECL) curriculum is designed for International Engineering Graduates (IEGs) learning English as a second language in Canada. As far as the developers are aware, this is the first Enhanced Language Training (ELT)...

Nov 13 2012
Engineering Communication Language Portfolio – Facilitator’s Manual

The Engineering Communication Language Portfolio (ECLP) is designed specifically for internationally educated engineers. It is intended to complement a communication class that makes use of authentic workplace engineering activities. The facilitator’s manual provides background information and guidance on using the language portfolio in an English as an Additional Language (EAL) classroom.

Nov 13 2012
Engineering Communication Language Portfolio This is a comprehensive approach to using portfolios with higher level students in employment bridging programs, in this case targeted to internationally educated engineers. The Engineering Communication Language Portfolio combines regular portfolio functions in the context of the ETIP communication course: 1. It shows you and others you what your CLB score means in terms of real English and communication skills. 2. It is a comprehensive record of your learning and workplace experience with... Nov 13 2012
European Language Portfolio Literature Review The literature review identifies, critiques, and documents best and promising practices of the European Language Portfolio (ELP). The ELP will be used as a model to develop a Language Portfolio for Internationally Engineering Graduates. The research is based upon 28 electronic databases locating a total of 114 documents. Out of the 114 documents, 36 were identified with being directly relevant to the review. Two types of research studies emerged: 1. qualitative studies with data results and... Nov 13 2012
Learning the Language - Learning the Land From June to August 2010, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers delivered an innovative program that invited newcomers to Canada to an opportunity to learn English in the context of Alberta’s natural parks. The program touched the learning journeys of more than 300 newcomers to Canada and involved 11 partners representing government, education, media, business, and academe. The project consisted of three phases: classroom preparation; a day excursion to a city park; a weekend camping... Nov 13 2012
Building skills and expertise for using e-learning with adult ESL learners: Guiding principles for the use of videoconferencing in ESL programming

The objective of this document is to provide support to ESL instructors and administrators undertaking to use videoconferencing in ESL programming. This includes programming offered entirely by distance, and also applies equally to a blended ESL offering. The intention of this document is to provide both specific guidelines; however, the document is not intended to replace professional development in distance delivery of ESL. A reference guide is provided at the end to offer further...

Nov 13 2012
Building skills and expertise for using e-learning with adult ESL learners: Guiding principles in online ESL programming

The objective of this document is to provide support to ESL instructors and administrators undertaking to offer ESL programming online. This includes programming offered entirely online, and also applies equally to the online sections of a blended ESL offering. The intention of this document is to provide both specific guidelines and food for thought. Furthermore, this resource is intended to support instructional designers assisting in the online delivery of ESL programming for the first...

Nov 13 2012
Common Ground: Guide to English in the Workplace (Facilitator Manual) The project addressed professional development for Alberta employers and ESL educators in rural and small urban centres to develop their capacity to provide workplace occupational language and workplace culture adaptation skills for immigrant employees. Nov 13 2012
Common Ground: Guide to English in the Workplace (Training Manual)

The project addressed professional development for Alberta employers and ESL educators in rural and small urban centres to develop their capacity to provide workplace occupational language and workplace culture adaptation skills for immigrant employees.

Nov 13 2012
Common Ground: Guide to English in the Workplace (How to Guide for Employers)

The project addressed professional development for Alberta employers and ESL educators in rural and small urban centres to develop their capacity to provide workplace occupational language and workplace culture adaptation skills for immigrant employees.

Nov 13 2012
Online Workplace Integration Language Resources

The purpose of this project was to develop online resources to support the teaching and learning of workplace integration language skills for newcomers. The project created a set of resources that can be used flexibly to support teacher-led and learner self-study of pragmatic language expressions within workplace contexts. Video and audio resources support newcomers in developing awareness of the gap between language and behavior that is perceived as appropriate and will help them learn to...

Nov 13 2012
Global Talent Untapped Series: English in the Workplace Lesson Plans This resource presents 40 English in the Workplace (EWP) lesson plans designed for teaching English as a Second Language in food processing facilities. Each 2-hour lesson plan is referenced to the CLB; targets 2-3 measurable learning objectives; provides practice in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and document use; and identifies vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and culture teaching points. Activities are designed to teach form and function in an engaging and interactive manner through... Nov 13 2012
Global Talent Untapped Series: Clear Language Guide

This writing guide is tailored for employers and employees in food processing facilities who need to improve their ability to communicate clearly in writing. Using examples drawn from real workplaces, the guide describes and illustrates steps to take to ensure written workplace communication is clearly stated and easily understood. Examples in the guide are drawn from memos, letters, manuals, standard operating procedures and GMPs. Tailored worksheets, checklists, strategies and examples...

Nov 13 2012
Global Talent Untapped Series: ESL Resource Inventory The ESL Resource Inventory presents over 130 resources well-suited for teaching English in the Workplace in food processing contexts. Current, affordable and accessible resources are featured, including print, online, video and DVD materials. Preference was given to resources that are Canadian and referenced to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Table formatting with icons for key features and current cost/contact information allows you to easily search, compare, evaluate and access the... Nov 13 2012
Global Talent Untapped Series: Photo Dictionary for Food Processors The Photo Dictionary features more than 160 high resolution colour photographs taken in food processing plants. The photographs are arranged in the following themes: Places at Work; Employee Spaces; Personal Protective Equipment; Tools & Equipment; Sanitation/Cleaning; Verbs; Containers and Packaging; and Food Preparation. Readers can browse by category or look up individual items using the alphabetical index. A pronunciation guide and phonetic transcription of each term provides additional... Nov 13 2012
Global Talent Untapped Series: Temporary Foreign Worker Interview Package

The Temporary Foreign Worker Interview Package is for recruiters from food processing facilities who interview candidates seeking to come to Canada as production workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker program. The oral interview, reading and writing tasks are designed to help recruiters estimate if the candidate has a Canadian Language Benchmark level of approximately 3 in speaking, listening and reading and approximately CLB 2 in writing. The writing tasks are accompanied by samples of...

Nov 13 2012
Equipping for ESL Ministry: 30 hour training course This training program is for Christian volunteers and tutors in church-based not-for-profit programs. The 308-page training binder covers the following topics: starting a church-based ESL ministry, needs assessment, teaching adult learners, culture, language learning, learning styles and strategies, strategies for teaching pronunciation and grammar, conversation classes, lesson planning, selecting materials, instructor roles, teaching methods, and using the Bible to teach ESL. The accompanying... Nov 13 2012
Benchmarking Applied Career Programs: Final Report This is a collection of 3 documents. The first document describes the process in place for benchmarking career programs at Bow Valley College (BVC) in order to facilitate movement of ESL learners from ESL Programming and Academic Upgrading into career paths. Using the CLB as a framework, the English language proficiency levels (in listening, speaking, reading and writing) necessary for success in a course are identified. Data is gathered from observations, assignments, readability of texts,... Nov 13 2012
Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook This handbook is designed for instructors, program coordinators, and other stakeholders in ESL literacy. Section 1 outlines promising practices in program considerations by identifying ESL literacy learners, and discussing assessment of learner and community needs for the development of program goals. Also included in this section are strategies for learner placement and learner support both inside and outside of the classroom. Section 2 focuses on classroom strategies: theories, methodology,... Nov 13 2012
Global Talent Untapped Series: Photo Dictionary for Food Processors Facilitator's Guide

This Facilitator's Guide to the "Photo Dictionary for Food Processors" provides ideas and strategies for teaching ESL to workers in food processing plants using the Photo Dictionary as a primary resource. The first section includes 50 Fabulous Ideas for Teaching ESL, the second section provides specific teaching and resource suggestions related to each of the unit themes. The accompanying Photo Dictionary features more than 160 high resolution colour photographs taken in food...

Nov 13 2012
Literacy Enhancement for Senior Immigrant Women This curriculum manual was designed for an Arts and Crafts group comprised of senior immigrant women. The participants are mostly relative newcomers to Canada. Many have limited language and literacy skills, which leads to isolation and even depression. Due to physical limitations, limited English, responsibilities for their children and grandchildren in the home and lack of confidence, these women are often not comfortable joining mainstream support and activity groups geared to seniors. As... Nov 13 2012
Research Essays & Reports: APA Formatting: Teacher’s Handbook This resource includes a definition of plagiarism, a list of teacher supports dealing with plagiarism, suggestions for identifying plagiarized work, and suggestions for helping students avoid plagiarism. Nov 13 2012
Research Essays & Reports: APA Formatting: Student Handbook This resource covers how to cite a source (direct/indirect quotes, visuals) within a research essay/report, following APA format. It also includes how to format a reference list, along with a list of examples of in-text citations and references of many types of sources, all following APA format. Nov 13 2012
Bridging Communication and Culture for Nursing (PNDIEN)

This curriculum is based on the communication, reading and writing demands placed on nurses, as identified by the findings of the Benchmarking the English Language Demands of the Nursing Profession Across Canada project. It is designed to meet the CLB 9 Listening objectives, CLB 8 Speaking and Reading objectives, and CLB 7/8 Writing objectives. The focus of the listening/speaking curriculum is to enhance listening comprehension as well as speaking skills, enabling learners to communicate...

Nov 13 2012
Introduction to Communication and Culture in Nursing (ICCN) The primary audience for Introduction to Communication and Culture in Nursing consists of second language learners who are internationally educated nurses, but who do not have the language proficiency necessary for entry into, or progress in, either RN or PN re-entry programs. Students who are not nurses but have some medical background (e.g., doctors, pharmacists) may also enroll in this class. The general learning outcomes, specific learning outcomes, performance conditions, sample tasks and... Nov 13 2012
ATESL Best Practices - Summary Document ATESL has recently embarked on a comprehensive process to renew and revitalize its Best Practices document. The emerging document is now in high demand across Canada as a comprehensive statement of beliefs about what effective ESL programming looks like. At the core of the document are 67 statements of best practice, organized into nine themes encompassing the issues surrounding the provision of ESL and LINC programming in Alberta. Each statement of best practice is illustrated by a list of... Nov 13 2012
ATESL Best Practices Administrators’ workshop Powerpoint ATESL has recently embarked on a comprehensive process to renew and revitalize its Best Practices document. The emerging document is now in high demand across Canada as a comprehensive statement of beliefs about what effective ESL programming looks like. At the core of the document are 67 statements of best practice, organized into nine themes encompassing the issues surrounding the provision of ESL and LINC programming in Alberta. Each statement of best practice is illustrated by a list of... Nov 13 2012
ATESL Best Practices Instructors’ workshop Powerpoint ATESL has recently embarked on a comprehensive process to renew and revitalize its Best Practices document. The emerging document is now in high demand across Canada as a comprehensive statement of beliefs about what effective ESL programming looks like. At the core of the document are 67 statements of best practice, organized into nine themes encompassing the issues surrounding the provision of ESL and LINC programming in Alberta. Each statement of best practice is illustrated by a list of... Nov 13 2012
ATESL Best Practices - Full Document ATESL has recently embarked on a comprehensive process to renew and revitalize its Best Practices document. The emerging document is now in high demand across Canada as a comprehensive statement of beliefs about what effective ESL programming looks like. At the core of the document are 67 statements of best practice, organized into nine themes encompassing the issues surrounding the provision of ESL and LINC programming in Alberta. Each statement of best practice is illustrated by a list of... Nov 13 2012
CESLM Intercultural Handbook This Intercultural Handbook is designed to be used in a workshop on Intercultural Communication for Christian volunteers and tutors in church-based not-for-profit programs. The handbook includes an exploration of what culture is and a discussion of cultural values through a series of dichotomies (e.g., individualism vs. collectivism, high context vs. low context, hierarchical vs. egalitarian). Barriers to intercultural communication and culture shock are discussed, along with strategies for... Nov 13 2012
Alberta LINC 5 Curriculum: Linking Canadian Language Benchmarks to Essential Skills with an Implementation Guide for Instructors

The Alberta LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) 5 Curriculum is designed to meet the goals and objectives of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 6 for listening and speaking, and CLB 5 for reading and writing. Additionally, the appropriate workplace and community Essential Skills (ES) have been woven into LINC 5 to better prepare students for further education or entry into the labour market, as well as participation in Canadian community life. The curriculum contains an...

Nov 13 2012
CLB 7 Exit Test Template

The CLB 7 Exit Test TEMPLATE is designed to assist ESL programs develop their own in-house CLB assessments for specific courses or projects. It is tied to the CLB 7 Exit Test developed by NorQuest College, a listening, reading, speaking and writing assessment which tests a range of CLB 7 performance indicators along with the content of the English for Careers course (including units on workplace culture and communication, safety in the workplace, and conflict resolution in the workplace). In...

Nov 13 2012
Critical Incidents for Intercultural Communication Toolkit

Critical incidents are tools for increasing awareness and understanding of human attitudes, expectations, behaviors and interactions. They are used to engage participants on a meaningful, personal level, and help them examine attitudes and behaviours that might be critical to their effectiveness in the roles they perform. The critical incidents in this toolkit have been developed from stories and quotes collected in opened-ended interviews with students and instructors at NorQuest College...

Nov 13 2012
Integrated Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Banking/Finance Professionals Final Report Summary This report discusses the deliverables, highlights and challenges of this pilot program offering with recommendations for future offerings. Nov 13 2012
Workplace English in Alberta Workplace English in Alberta defines content-based English as a second language instruction, which is appropriate for English in the Workplace programs; and provides information and links to resources related to workplace English, together with references and materials for further reading. This module was designed to meet a frequently expressed professional development need identified in the Feasibility Study of a Professional Development Program for ESL Instructors of Adult Immigrants. The... Nov 13 2012
Planning for and Instructing Multi level Classes Using the CLBs Planning for and Instructing Multilevel Classes Using the Canadian Language Benchmarks identifies four frameworks for selecting and adapting tasks, based on the CLBs; provides examples of multilevel tasks that correspond to the four frameworks; offers practical suggestions for grouping learners; and provides a sample multilevel lesson for learners at CLB levels 1, 3, and 5. This module was designed to meet a frequently expressed professional development need instruction identified in the... Nov 13 2012
Roots & Connections Phase 2 - Rural ESL Enhancement The Roots and Connections resource is a culturally integrated English as a Second Language (ESL) resource that provides the foundation for English language learning using a community orientation and cultural integration approach. Deliverables available for download at the URL listed. Nov 13 2012
Skid Steer Operator Safety and Development Study Supplement This Study Supplement includes strategies for teachers and students, vocabulary exercises, and reading comprehension exercises for each unit in the booklet titled “Skid Steer Operator Safety and Development.” Both the booklet and the study supplement can be used for introducing learners to basic safety procedures and maintenance knowledge regarding skid steers. The booklet covers the design of skid steers, operator tips, drive train, safety features, controls, maintenance, entry and exit... Nov 13 2012
Skid Steer Operator Safety and Development This booklet covers basic safety procedures and maintenance knowledge regarding skid steers. It covers the design of skid steers, operator tips, drive train, safety features, controls, maintenance, entry and exit procedures, start up and shut down procedures, as well as transporting, driving and operating skid steers. The related Study Supplement includes strategies for teachers and students, vocabulary exercises, and reading comprehension exercises for each unit. Nov 13 2012
Confined Space Entry Program Developed with rural audiences in mind, this booklet can be used for training learners who are working in an environment classified as a confined space. The booklet discusses the hazards of confined spaces, hazard controls (including personal protective equipment) which must be in place, as well as issues related to isolation, emergency preparedness, and entering a confined space. The resource includes a glossary of relevant terms, checklists, and a rescue plan form. The related Study... Nov 13 2012
Confined Space Entry Program Study Supplement

This Study Supplement includes strategies for teachers and students, vocabulary exercises, and reading comprehension exercises for each unit in the booklet titled “Confined Space Entry Program.” Both the booklet and the study supplement can be used for training learners who are working in an environment classified as a confined space. The booklet discusses the hazards of confined spaces, hazard controls (including personal protective equipment) which must be in place, as well as...

Nov 13 2012
Bridging the Gap: A Framework for Teaching and Transitioning Low Literacy Immigrant Youth This framework covers the key elements or best practices of a successful transition program for young adult literacy learners who have exited high school but still need literacy training in order to transition to further educational studies or workplace training. This framework is grounded in a review of the literature, and covers three stages for developing a transition program that will best support learners as they overcome challenges in their attempts to succeed in educational and workplace... Nov 13 2012
A review of the viability of offering banking and finance training A viability study, including a study of the changing world of finance, the soft skills required for recruitment and advancement in the sector and credentialling options in Alberta for this occupation. This report provides an excellent starting point for any institution attempting to describe the viability of a new sector program to funders, as well offering information on the finance sector on particular. Nov 13 2012
ELT Curriculum Guide This ELT Curriculum Guide includes six Unit Planning Outlines for a course titled, “Enhanced Language Training for Skilled Immigrants in Engineering, Earth Sciences and Technology.” The six units include 1) a program introduction; 2) surveying and construction; 3) earth sciences; 4) the environment and alternative energy; 5) machines, transportation, automation; and 6) natural resources. For each unit, the following are specified: technical topics, tasks, strategies, functions/gambits, grammar... Nov 13 2012
ELT Curriculum Overview This syllabus is a course overview for “Enhanced Language Training for Skilled Immigrants in Engineering, Earth Sciences and Technology.” It includes an overview of the focus areas, thematic units, and learning model of the program. This document also lists the content of the course in the following areas: functions and gambits, special features of technical English, rhetorical writing patterns, grammar, pronunciation, workplace documents, culture and the Canadian workplace, and safety in the... Nov 13 2012
Industry Specific Pre-employment Language Training: Food Processing: Participant’s guide This curriculum for a 60-hour, 12-week Food Processing Language Training Program is based on a needs assessment of the food processing industry, the CLB, and the Labourer Food Processing Facility Essential Skills Profile (NOC #9617). The Participant’s Guide includes worksheets, vocabulary lists, information, and a wide variety of authentic documents: forms, charts, lists, maps, hazard alerts, pictures, floor plans, etc. Topics covered in the course include Canadian workplace expectations,... Nov 13 2012
Industry Specific Pre-employment Language Training: Food Processing: Instructor's guide This curriculum for a 60-hour, 12-week Food Processing Language Training Program is based on a needs assessment of the food processing industry, the CLB, and the Labourer Food Processing Facility Essential Skills Profile (NOC #9617). The Instructor’s Guide includes 24 detailed 2½-hour lesson plans. Each lesson plan references the Essential Skills and CLB competencies which are focused on in a series of activities. Each activity is supported by detailed instructions and a list of materials and... Nov 13 2012
A Needs Assessment Tool for ESL Programming This needs assessment tool is designed to assist program coordinators or interested community members in rural communities with determining the need for ESL instruction. It walks the user through the necessary steps to find out • if there is a significant number of non-English speaking immigrants in the community • if the immigrants are receptive to ESL training • what type of training is most appropriate Conducting an ESL needs assessment is more complex than other types of needs assessments... Nov 13 2012
ESL Resource Package for Alberta Communities This resource package provides a basic introduction to teaching English as a second language for those instructors in community ESL programs who may not have training and background in TESL. It includes brief introductions to TESL and adult learning principles, cultural diversity, learning styles, the Canadian Language Benchmarks, lesson planning, ESL literacy, and selecting resources. The core of the resource is a curriculum which sequences CLB competencies, grammar, literacy (reading, writing... Nov 13 2012
The ABCs of Practical Literacy This resource book includes content-based ESL literacy activities for adult learners. Forty activities are arranged in three categories: economic literacy activities, employment literacy activities and personal management literacy activities. Activities are benchmarked to Phase 1 (initial, developing, and adequate) and Phase 2 (initial, developing and adequate) CLB ESL literacy levels. Each activity includes a CLB literacy level, a list of language competencies addressed in the activity, an... Nov 13 2012
LINC 4 Classroom Activities: Supplementary Materials This resource is a collection of materials which were originally developed for "LINC 4 Classroom Activities," but were excluded because of the local nature of the materials or because of considerations of book length. Activities follow the themes of the original LINC 4 text: health, lifestyle, recreation, a child’s education, and buying on credit. In the first 4 themes, the activities can be used to enhance the thematic units in the LINC 4 text. The last theme includes a stand-alone unit on the... Nov 13 2012
Byte Into English: LINC 2

This instructor resource includes 28 lesson plans which give students the opportunity to learn English while developing basic computer skills. The lesson plans were written to be used with Microsoft Office 97 and its accessories. Many of the lesson plans are linked to themes and lessons found in “LINC 2 Classroom Activities.” Each lesson plan includes language competencies that are being developed (referenced to CLB 2), along with detailed instructions & teacher notes,...

Nov 13 2012
Byte Into English: Preliminary Computer Skills

This instructor resource includes computer and language activities, giving students with no computer skills the opportunity to learn English while developing basic computer skills. It was written to be used with Microsoft Windows operating system (97) and its accessories. Ten lesson plans, referenced to CLB 2, introduce the following computer skills: opening and closing programs; identifying basic computer parts; using the mouse and desktop; dragging objects, manipulating windows, using the...

Nov 13 2012
Byte Into English: LINC 3 This instructor resource includes 28 lesson plans which give students the opportunity to learn English while developing basic computer skills. The lesson plans were written to be used with Microsoft Office, its accessories, and Microsoft word (97). Each lesson plan includes language competencies that are being developed (referenced to CLB 3... Nov 13 2012
LINC 2 Classroom Activities This resource is a substantial collection of classroom activities organized by language skill and the following 6 themes: employment, shopping, careful shopping, education, housing, and health. Activities are sequenced and organized into thematic units. Speaking/listening activities develop the language competencies described in CLB 2, and include brainstorming, warm-ups, matching games, strip stories, discussion topics, phone dialogues, instructions, true/false, information gap, dictations,... Nov 13 2012
LINC 3 Classroom Activities This resource is a substantial collection of classroom activities by language skill and the following 8 themes: recreation, shopping, health, housing, employment, using the phone, instructions, laws and bylaws. Activities are sequenced and organized into thematic units. Speaking/listening activities develop the language competencies described in CLB 3-4, and include board games, discussions, pair work, surveys, strip stories, communication games, puzzles, information gap, role-plays, debates,... Nov 13 2012
English Every Day Your English as a Second Language students will be thoroughly entertained while they learn English from Max and Lucy. The video follows the couple as they experience real-life situations in ten thematic vignettes entitled Grocery Shopping, Post Office, Doctor! Doctor!, Apartment Hunting, An Accident Waiting to Happen, Help Wanted, Exchanges, At the Bank, Speed, and Bus Stop. Shot in Edmonton, the vignettes run between four to seven minutes with a focus on the real language encountered in each... Nov 13 2012
Essential English for Health Care This document describes a training program designed to bridge internationally trained professionals into health-care occupations. It helps learners develop the proficiency to obtain a health care position, function in academic skills training courses, and communicate in Canadian health care settings. The document describes expected outcomes, resources used in the course, and a weekly schedule (themes, concepts, functional language, and activities). Work in progress. Nov 13 2012
Knowing Your Literacy Students Project: Curriculum Guidelines and Cultural Material This curriculum and cultural resource manual was produced as a result of the "Knowing Your Literacy Students" project, funded by Alberta Employment and Immigration. The manual is designed to enhance student-teacher relationships by increasing teachers' cultural knowledge and sensitivity to foster respectful communication in the classroom. The manual presents a customized lesson plan for teaching non-literate students. It provides materials, and activities for 8 of the 12 units suggested by the... Nov 13 2012
Work in Progress: Towards a Number of Comprehensive Assessment Tools to Measure the Drop-In ESL Participants' Progress Calgary Immigrant Educational Society is in the process of developing 3-4 comprehensive assessment tools for measuring the progress of drop-in ESL students in terms of their knowledge increase (e.g. life skills, social skills, employment aptitudes, information-based knowledge) as well as their English language growth. The findings will assist in the evaluation and revision of the current curriculum for the Drop-In ESL Program, the professional development training plan for volunteer tutors, and... Nov 13 2012
Pharmacy Communication Assessment Criteria This assessment rubric is designed to help instructors assess the overall communicative ability of an International Phamacy Graduate in case study / scenario situations in a community pharmacy setting. The rubric is designed to help break down a communicative event into components to provide better feedback to the student on his/her performance. It is tied closely to the Pharmacy Evaluating Board of Canada (PEBC) framework competencies as well as in-house assessment tools used at the Bredin... Nov 13 2012
The Intercultural Coach The Intercultural Coach is an interactive online training tool developed through a collaborative partnership with ACCESS with funding from Alberta Advanced Education and Technology. It is designed as an introduction to intercultural communication focusing on a workplace context. It takes from 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Nov 13 2012
ESL Rural Routes Newsletters The ESL Rural Routes Newsletters are developed as a part of the services that NorQuest College provides to rural Alberta through project funding from Advanced Education and Technology and Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry. These newsletters provide instructors with pertinent information related to teaching English as a second language. They include teaching techniques, announcements about upcoming events, resources that support effective instruction and news about what's happening in... Nov 13 2012
Interactive English - Volume 1 Two high-energy characters, Max and Lucy, take us through literacy skill learning and practice. This interactive resource supports the development of reading and listening skill measured at reading levels 2, 3 and 4 or the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). Seven video stories, accompanied by interactive text and activities, embed language instruction in real-life scenarios. It can be used independently by literacy learners or as instructional material by classroom teachers or tutors. Nov 13 2012
Directory of ESL Programs and Services

This site includes a comprehensive list of Language Training services in urban centres throughout Alberta, published by the Language Assessment, Referral and Counseling Centre (LARCC) of the Catholic Social Services.

Nov 15 2012
Language for Work Language for Work is a project funded by Alberta Human Services that involved the creation and pilot of a blended learning course focusing on language and intercultural skills for the workplace. The end results of this project are course guides and accompanying online materials for eight week, part- time, blended courses for learners at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels five through seven. The aim of Language for Work is to help learners develop language skills and intercultural... Nov 15 2012
Directory of ESL Programs and Services This site includes a comprehensive list of Language Training services in urban centres throughout Alberta, published by the Language Assessment, Referral and Counseling Centre (LARCC) of the Catholic Social Services. Dec 31 2012
ESL Directory This site includes a comprehensive list of ESL Programs and Services for Immigrants and International Students in Calgary, published by the Immigrant Language and Vocational Assessment-Referral Centre (ILVARC). Jan 01 2013
Alberta Education English as a Second Language Learning and Teaching Resources This site includes ESL Kindergarten to Grade 9 Guide to Implementation; ESL Senior High School Guide to Implementation; authorized resources databases, and other materials for use with K-12 ESL learners. Jan 01 2013
Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) This site offers a wide variety of CCLB tools and resources to help ESL professionals: CLB 2000: ESL for Adults, ESL for Literacy Learners, A Guide to Implementation, Theoretical Framework, Additional Sample Task Ideas; CLB database of resources; posters; Can do checklists; assessment tools (Summative Assessment Manual; Integrating Assessment into your ESL Classroom), sample CLB lesson plans, language training for the workplace, CCLB and community colleges, and others (see CLB for... Jan 01 2013
Coalition for Equal Access to Education This site includes resources which would be of interest to teachers of both K-12 learners and adult ESL parents. These include: Toward Innovative Vision for Quality, Equitable ESL Education – Full Report; Toward Active Parental Participation: A Practical Guide to Working with Immigrants; Toward Cultural Competency: A Practical Guide to Facilitate Active Participation of Culturally Diverse Families in Schools; Immigrant Children in Focus: Maps of Needs, Strategies and Existing Resources, and... Jan 01 2013
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture This site includes a discussion of how to meet the needs of ESL learners who are survivors of torture. Some topics discussed include attendance, room setup, participation, concentration, self-esteem, depression, music, art etc. Jan 01 2013
At Work Settlement.Org (for Newcomers to Ontario) This page of the At Work Settlement.Org website includes links to a variety of resources for Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC). • The “Life in the Family: A Newcomer’s Guide to Parenting Issues in Canada” link includes videos, handouts, and a curriculum guide addressing parenting issues of newcomers to Canada. The “LINC Documents” link includes a wide range of curriculum and instructional materials designed for LINC programs. In particular, the following resources may be... Jan 01 2013
TESL Canada The Teachers’ Resource center has an assortment of resources including reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary worksheets which are referenced to the CLB. Jan 01 2013
Towes: How Do Your Skills Measure Up? This website provides online activities for self assessment and practice of the following essential skills: Reading Text, Document Use, and Numeracy. It also includes resources and activities which encourage students to explore a number of occupations. Jan 01 2013
Literacy Basics (Community Literacy of Ontario) This website provides training for teachers in the use of Essential Skills for literacy instruction. Jan 01 2013
Easy Reading Job Profiles This site includes a series of 24 Alberta occupational profiles written for adults with low literacy skills. The resources can be used to enable learners to pursue their career goals. Each profile includes the story of someone working in the occupation as well as the typical duties, working conditions, job requirements, pre-requisites, hourly wages (etc.) of that occupation. Jan 01 2013
Career Planning for Low Literacy Adults The Career and Workplace Resources branch is pleased to announce three new career planning resources for low literacy adults: • Work and You Book 1: Make Some Job Choices. (workbook, Catalogue # 757714) This workbook helps clients with low literacy skills create a short list of one to three occupations. It takes clients through a brief self-assessment and introduces them to eight Easy Reading occupational clusters. To ease readability and reduce the amount of writing required, stories,... Jan 01 2013
ESL: Learning English with the CBC

This website includes self-study lesson plans for ESL learners, based on video and audio clips from the CBC. The lesson plans include before, while, and after listening activities, along with links for further information. The topics introduce learners to key Canadian events, heroes, and topics.

Jan 01 2013
Learning English with CBC Manitoba This website includes listening lessons for weekly newscasts (referenced to CLB level). Older lessons are not stored on the website, but each new lesson is timely and up-to-date. Jan 01 2013
Dictationsonline.com This site has short dictations at different levels. Dictations (in British English) are read at normal speed as students listen for gist, then they are read slowly phrase by phrase, then read again so the student can check their work. Finally the written text is provided so students can check their work. For classroom use, the dictations can be printed out and read to the students Jan 01 2013
Elllo This website includes listening texts of various lengths, accompanied by pictures, some transcripts, and comprehension quizzes. It is very multi-cultural and includes a range of accents. Jan 01 2013
ESL Pod This website includes podcasts that can be downloaded for listening practice. For a fee, an accompanying learning guide can be downloaded as well. Jan 01 2013
Adult Learning Activities, California Distance Learning Project This website has a range of topics from which to choose. For each topic, the student can read and/or listen to the text. Some topics also include a video. Post-reading activities check comprehension and reinforce vocabulary. Jan 01 2013
Literacynet Story Archives Both original and simplified versions of CNN and CBS stories are organized into general categories and accompanied by the following: a story outline; video/audio clips; vocabulary, sequencing, multiple choice, inferencing, and responding activities; and suggestions for further reading. Jan 01 2013
LoudLit.org Literature for Your Eyes and Ears This website includes readings and accompanying recordings of children’s stories, poetry, novels, short stories, and historical accounts. Jan 01 2013
Reading Tower of English This website has a selection of readings from which to choose. Jan 01 2013
ESLFast This site includes 365 short stories available for listening and/or reading practice. The site also includes over 2000 conversation topics. Appears to be for beginner and lower-intermediate language students. Jan 01 2013
English Express This newspaper for adult learners of English in Alberta is published 8 times a year from September to May. It includes news reports, articles of relevance to newcomers, learners' stories, word games, and teaching notes for tutors and instructors. The articles are archived on a companion website, which provides listening practice and learning activities. English Express is available free of charge to educational programs for adults, to libraries and to agencies in Alberta. New subscriptions are... Jan 01 2013
About.com: English as 2nd Language This website has links to many different topics as well as online grammar quizzes. Jan 01 2013
EnglishClub.com This website offers clear explanations of a variety of grammatical points as well as other useful resources for ESL teaching/learning. Jan 01 2013
englishpage.com This website includes tutorials, weekly lessons, as well as interactive grammar and vocabulary activities. Jan 01 2013
English as a Second Language, University of Wellington Scroll down to Practice English Online. From here, there are links for interactive activities for grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, writing, etc. Jan 01 2013
English Pronunciation/Listening (Okanagan College) This site has listening practice with minimal pairs and dictations, workbooks, videos, and tongue twisters focusing on sounds and words that cause difficulties for English language learners. Jan 01 2013
ESLTower.com This site includes handouts and links to on-line grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation activities, with resources for both teachers and students. (Note: there is a long table of what’s available is shown on home page, but it’s much better to use the search function.) Jan 01 2013
Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude This website includes definitions of grammar terms, interactive exercises, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and more Jan 01 2013
The Idiom Connection Idioms are organized both alphabetically and by topic. Jan 01 2013
The Sounds of Spoken Language Designed for students of phonetics and linguistics, this website gives visual explanations of how we make different sounds in English. This site would be useful as an instructor resource, or for advanced students wanting to learn more about the English sound system. Jan 01 2013
UsingEnglish.com While this site has information on grammar, its English Idioms link is particularly useful. Jan 01 2013
Introductory Grammar with Colour Key Introductory Grammar with Colour Key: Pronunciation Power presents a new free grammar and vocabulary program for beginner English learners. This program, which uses the unique Color Key, will help students learn and remember the English skills they need for basic communication in English. Every word has a Color for the part of speech that it represents. The students will be able to learn word position simply by remembering what part of speech each color represents! This interactive, user-... Jan 01 2013
Elovivo Elovivo: Free Multilingual Dictionary Pronunciation Power is please to announce their newest FREE product - elovivo.com. www.Elovivo.com is an authorable multilingual dictionary and language learning community. With a need to preserve the old while understanding the new elovivo.com strives to be a place for language preservation, understanding and growth. Elovivo is a user-collaborated multilingual dictionary and language learning... Jan 01 2013
Success stories: Citizenship and Immigration Canada This page of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website includes success stories of immigrants to Canada. Jan 01 2013
Study in Canada The About Canada link provides information on a variety of topics (e.g., education system, provinces & territories, climate, insurance, cost of living, transportation, culture, holidays, etc.). It also includes a photo gallery of the country in the Provinces/Territory Section. Jan 01 2013
Breaking News English This British website includes ESL lessons on current events and the news. A new lesson is added approximately every 3 days. The lessons include warm-ups, before reading/listening, while reading/listening, after reading/listening, surveys, discussions, writing activities and homework suggestions. Jan 01 2013
News English Lessons This website is a simplified version of Breaking News English Jan 01 2013
Centre for Intercultural Learning (Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada) Country Insights provides information on 211 countries (e.g., history, geography, culture, politics, economy, media). For selected countries with close ties to Canada, cultural interpreters provide local and Canadian perspectives on topics such as conversations, communication styles, religion, class, ethnicity, gender, hierarchy and decision-making, stereotypes, and recommended books, films, and foods. The site also publishes Intercultures magazine and provides articles, discussion papers, book... Jan 01 2013
English as a Second Language This site provides links to a variety of resources, including podcasts, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. The podcast section has links to many different sites, including ESL and Archie (comics). Jan 01 2013
Interesting Things for ESL Students This website has an array of interesting interactive activities for ESL students. Some of the links include jokes, proverbs, tongue twisters, and podcasts. Jan 01 2013
LanternFish This site contains printable teaching materials (worksheets, flashcards, songs, etc) and lesson plans for a variety of topics and levels. Jan 01 2013
Study Zone (University of Victoria) This website includes grammar, vocabulary, and reading tasks for different language levels. Jan 01 2013
Hear Names Users type in a name and, if it is in this database, can hear the correct pronunciation for it. This could be useful for both ESL teachers and ESL students. Jan 01 2013
EcoKids Earth Day Canada A free online environmental education resource, this award-winning site offers environmental lesson plans, games and activities for ESL learners. EcoKids is a leading resource for teachers, students and families. Jan 01 2013
ESL Kids Lab This site, designed for young beginner English learners, includes lessons with animated videos. Jan 01 2013
Readwritethink (International Reading Association) The Classroom Resources link includes lesson plans for each grade level. Jan 01 2013
Accreditation Feedback Requested

 

ATESL’s accreditation committee has struggled in recent years with the accreditation of applicants with foreign or non-traditional credentials. In 2010, ATESL surveyed the membership to find out if there was an interest in making changes to the ATESL accreditation scheme. The response from the membership was not unequivocal and did not give ATESL the mandate to move ahead with changes, yet the difficulties faced by the accreditation committee continued and the Board...

Feb 04 2013
Learning English with CBC

Check out the new monthly lessons posted on the Edmonton and Calgary Learning English with CBC websites:

Edmonton – Alberta Sheriffs: In this audio, you will hear CBC journalist Adrienne Lamb on the job with four Alberta Sheriffs, learning about their work in tracking people with outstanding warrants.

Calgary – Best before dates: In this audio, you will hear CBC journalist Karen Moxley interviewing a consumer, a scientist and a food...

Mar 01 2013
ATESL 2013 Conference Call for Presentations and Papers
The ATESL2013 conference program committee thanks you for your interest in presenting at the conference November 1 and 2. The deadline for submissions has now passed. We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Please note: Presenters who are attending the conference (keynotes, other sessions, lunches, etc.) must register for the day you are attending. Registration is now open at ...
Apr 10 2013
Intercultural Communicative Competence: A Professional Development Model for College Nursing Faculty
The project Intercultural Communicative Competence: A Professional Development Model for College Nursing Faculty combined experience garnered within the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement (CEIIA) at Bow Valley College (BVC) in both delivering professional development and in intercultural communicative competence (ICC) scenario development to produce a professional development model for faculty instruction enhancement.
 
This...
Aug 16 2013
ILVARC Public Report April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013

Immigrant Language & Vocational

Assessment - Referral Centre (ILVARC)

Mandate

ILVARC assists immigrants and refugees to:

            1)   determine their English language proficiency and/or

            2)   access language...

Aug 16 2013
Language Assessment, Referral, and Counselling Centre (LARCC) 2012-2013 Public Report
This brief public report provides demographic and statistical answers to three questions:
1) Who is coming for service at the Language Assessment, Referral, and Counselling Centre (LARCC) of Immigration and Settlement Service, at Catholic Social Services?
2) What are these clients’ goals and priorities?
3) What are their language levels?
 
As outlined in the report, LARCC comprises two language assessment and referral...
Aug 16 2013
ATESL Conference 2013 Program At a Glance

This is the ATESL Conference 2013 - Transitions program at a glance. 

Please keep checking back because more information will be added as we get closer to the conference. 

Sep 17 2013
2013 Carolyn Dieleman Award Nomination Form

Carolyn Dieleman has been instrumental in shaping the field of ESL in Alberta. Her work has helped to create a professional environment

founded on the implementation and sharing of new ideas, new approaches and innovative programs.

The Carolyn Dieleman Award celebrates individuals who have made an impact on the delivery of and access to innovative and quality

language and ESL literacy programs in Alberta Criteria Submit an award nomination to recognize individuals or...

Sep 17 2013
ATESL Lifetime Membership Award Nomination 2013

The purpose of this award is to recognize ESL professionals who have made exemplary contributions to the Teaching English as a Second Language field in Alberta. When awarded, recipients receive a life membership in ATESL at the AGM held at the provincial conference.

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, September 30 at 4pm. 

Former recipients of this Award are:
Tracey Derwing
Carolyn Dieleman
Jaye Fredrickson
Charlotte Gaffney
Laura...

Sep 17 2013
ATESL Conference Program

The complete ATESL 2013 Program is available to view and download here!

 

Oct 16 2013
ATESL Survey Final Report The ATESL Survey represents one component of Connecting ESL Communities and Professionals, a joint project of ATESL and Alberta Human Resources and Employment (AHRE). Mar 31 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Fifteen: Parks in the World Discussion Discussion skills will be built throughout this activity culminating in small group discussion where students will be given a position to explain and defend. May 22 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Fourteen: G-Bear B-Bear Based on vocabulary cards, students will predict what they are going to be watching a video about. May 22 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Thirteen: Skimming and Scanning Students are given a copy of selected reading material face down and instructed to scan for particular information when the game begins. Teacher gives the questions, students flip over the material and students race to scan for the information as fast as possible. Once first person finds the answer, the material is turned face down again and the next question is asked. Reading and discussion of material as follow up. May 22 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Twelve: Jeopardy Teams pick a number to see who goes first. Once this is done, the order will be clockwise. The first team picks a topic and a value, the question is read and they have 20 seconds to come up with the answer. All other teams are also quietly discussing the answer. At the conclusion of 20 seconds the team gives their answer, if they are right the points are given, if they are wrong the first team to raise their hand may answer until the correct answer is given. Even the team that originally picked... May 22 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Eleven: Game Show Teams compete to answer questions in a game show style activity. May 23 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Ten: Run and Write The “story” is posted at 3 locations in the building. One of the partners will be the writer of the story while the other will be the reporter. The reporter runs to the story, memorizes as much of it as possible and reports it back to the writer who writes down the story. The reporter continues to run back to the story as many times as necessary to report the whole contents of the story exactly as written. The partners switch roles half way through the story. May 23 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Nine: Cinquain Poem Students create a poem by adding lines one at a time. May 23 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Eight: Minimal Pairs Pronunciation Card Game and Minimal Pair Chart Teams play a pair matching card game to practice proper pronunciation of difficult sounds in the English language. May 23 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Seven: Part A: A Wild Year Prewatching Activity Pairs will answer questions to prepare for A Wild Year video. May 23 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Six: A Unique Look at Animals of Banff National Park Each Pair has a unique picture of an animal and a blank sheet. Each Pair must write down a question about their picture. The picture and question sheet is passed clockwise. Each Pair looks at the new picture and answers the question on the sheet. They write a new question and pass the picture and question sheet. Continue until you receive your original picture back. Answer the question. Looking at all the questions and answers, tell the story to the group about your picture. May 23 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Five: ABC Spelling Busters Each team is given a set of ABC cards. The teacher calls out a question and each team discusses their answer and decides on an animal. One at a time each student races to the team’s cards and picks up one letter needed to spell out their animal. Once all the teams are finished, ask the first place finishing team what their word is. The key is to have an original answer because if another team has the same answer, neither team receives any points! May 23 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Four: Whiteboard Teasers Organize students into teams or small groups. Everyone needs a pencil and one paper between the team or group. Tell the team that when you say go, they have 2 minutes to write down all the things they can think of for each question. They are given 1 point for each animal not named by any other team. Team with the most points wins. May 23 2014
Banff National Park:ESL Activity Three: Wildlife Tic-Tac-Toe Choose a square and give the proper plural form for that animal. If you are correct, take that square and mark your symbol. Mark your symbol in that square. Aim to capture three squares in a row, either across, down or diagonally. May 23 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity Two: A Wild Year – Pre-watching Activity Groups will match picture cards with corresponding vocabulary. May 23 2014
Banff National Park – ESL Activity One: Animal Charades Groups play charades to familiarize students with activities available in the national park and to build knowledge of park animals. May 23 2014
Banff National Park: ESL Teaching Activities - Introduction These teaching activities have been developed by an ESL instructor under contract with Parks Canada. Bow Valley College has kindly agreed to test the materials and activities to ensure that the final product will be useful for students and easy to use by instructors. We very much appreciate your willingness to use these materials in your ESL lessons, and to provide your valuable feedback on their effectiveness. May 23 2014
An Integrated Approach to Teaching ESL and EWP This project created an integrated approach to teaching ESL and English in the Workplace (EWP) using the Human Resource Skills Development Canada Essential Skills framework (ES), the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) and intercultural competence (IC). Project activities included developing a needs assessment report with results from interviews with seven experienced professionals involved in one or more of the following practices: ESL, EWP, ES and Literacy instruction or program coordination... Jul 04 2014
Pragmatic Patterns for Business: Professional Language Competencies

The project researched and created resources to support the teaching of Canadian pragmatic communication patterns.  For many internationally educated professionals (IEPs) with documented credentials and experience in their countries of origin, one of the barriers to retention and promotion is their “soft skills” including their professional communication skills, their ability to work effectively with others, and their ability to learn...

Jul 17 2014
Language Learning for Everyone: a Resource Manual for Teachers with Struggling English Language Learners

Most adult learners in English as a Second Language programs, including basic literacy, LINC and bridge to work classes manage the assigned coursework and show expected progress. There are those, however, who struggle to acquire a new language within the contexts of their classes and require some form of individualized support to make gains in their language acquisition. For these individuals, the learning of English language and/or literacy skill...

Jul 25 2014
ESL Directory

A Directory of ESL/EAL Programs and Services in Selected Urban Centres in Alberta

Sep 11 2014
ATESL 2014 Full Conference Program

The full ATESL 2014 Conference Program - Reflecting & Revitalizing 

Oct 09 2014
ATESL Conference 2014 Program at a Glance to Oct 6

Amended Program at a glance. 

Oct 09 2014
Directory of ESL Programs and Services

A Directory of ESL/EAL Programs and Services in Selected Urban Centres in Alberta for the period April 2015 to August 2015, published by the Language Assessment, Referral and Counseling Centre (LARCC) of Catholic Social Services

Mar 27 2015
Intercultural Communicative Competence for TESL Instructors

Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL) and NorQuest College Center for Intercultural Education conducted a research project focused on understanding current practices to integrate intercultural communicative competence (ICC) into ESL instruction, curriculum and professional development in Alberta using the ATESL Adult ESL Curriculum Framework. The research included both full-time and part-time ESL programs in urban and rural centers across Alberta. Results were shared...

Jun 05 2015
ATESL Lifetime Membership Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize ESL professionals who have made exemplary contributions to the Teaching English as a Second Language field in Alberta. When awarded, recipients receive a life membership in ATESL at the AGM held at the provincial conference.

The deadline for submission is August 31, 2015

Jun 24 2015
2015 AGM Nomination Form

2015 AGM Nomination Form 

Oct 09 2015
ATESL 2015 AGM Information

Please find the following documents linked to the right of this page as "downlaod" for the Friday, October 30 ATESL AGM.

2015 AGM Agenda
2014 AGM Minutes Unapproved
2014 Audited Financial Statement

The AGM is being held from 5-6 PM at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, in Pipestone A.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Oct 26 2015
Call for Nominations

Nominations for President Elect

No nominations for President Elect were submitted - at the ATESL AGM on Friday, October 30, 2015.
 
...
Nov 03 2015
Diversity at Work: Web-based Simulation Activities

To address the changing labour market needs of Alberta’s newest workers, skilled immigrants need easy to access resources that directly address language in the workplace to prepare them to more quickly and successfully move into employment in Alberta.  Online resources can be flexibly used to support a range of language learning opportunities – from full-time English language programming to English language tutoring services. 

This project developed an online...

Dec 18 2015
Building Skills and Expertise for Working with Struggling Adult English Language Learners

An Action Research Project Summary Report
Overview

While most English language learners make expected progress, there are some for whom second language and literacy acquisition is extremely difficult.  Building Skills and Expertise for Working with Struggling Adult English Language Learners builds on the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association’s work to support adult English language learners experiencing learning difficulties, whatever...

Mar 01 2016
English as a Second Language (ESL) Directory

A Directory of ESL/EAL Programs and Services in Selected Urban Centres in Alberta
April to August 2016

 

...

Mar 30 2016
Open online resources to support refugees

Welcome to PSR Program and Processes - Constituent Group Training.

The purpose of this self-paced tutorial course...

Apr 13 2016
2016 ATESL Lifetime Membership Award Nomination

The purpose of this award is to recognize ESL professionals who have made exemplary contributions to the Teaching English as a Second Language field in Alberta. When awarded, recipients receive a life membership in ATESL at the AGM held at the provincial conference
 

Previous recipients of the ATESL Lifetime membership are:
Tracey Derwing
Carolyn Dieleman
Jaye Fredrickson
Charlotte Gaffney
Laura Ho
Liz Karra...
Jun 15 2016
Carolyn Dieleman Award 2016

Carolyn Dieleman has been instrumental in shaping the field of ESL in

Alberta. Her work has helped to create a professional environment

founded on the implementation and sharing of new ideas, new

approaches and innovative programs.
 

The Carolyn Dieleman Award celebrates individuals who have made an

impact on the delivery of and access to innovative and quality

language and ESL literacy programs in Alberta.

The deadline for...

Jun 15 2016
ATESL 2016 AGM Nomination Form

The ATESL 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday, October 14th at 4:30pm at the Fantasyland Hotel, in the Beverly Hills Ballroom.

Annual elections of officers will be held and reports from the Board will be received.
There will be a vote to ratify the 2015-16 President Elect, Lisa Rochman, who was appointed by the Board following the 2015 Annual General Meeting.

NOMINATIONS FOR ATESL BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 2016- 2017

...
Sep 19 2016
Canada: Day 1
Background information for teachers of adult English language learners
 
Canada: Day 1 is the inaugural travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. This exhibition, through the voices of immigrants, brings to light the similarities and differences, the ups and the downs, of the experiences of one’s first day in Canada.
 
Canada: Day 1 is presented through the following themes:
 ...
Sep 22 2016
ATESL 2016 AGM Documents

Regarding the 2016 ATESL Annual General Meeting, on Friday, October 14
4:30 to 6:00 PM  - Edmonton, Alberta, Fantasyland Hotel, Chianti Ballroom

Please find the following attached for Download to the right
1. ATESL 2015 Audited Financial Statement
2. 2015 Unapproved ATESL Annual General Meeting Minutes
3. 2016 ATESL AGM Agenda

Oct 12 2016