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Welcome to the School of Global Access

We provide leadership in the integration and advancement of immigrants into Canadian society through English language learning, career advancement, intercultural awareness, and global citizenship. The foundation for success has been built and the motivation to innovate is stronger than ever.

Every year, the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College successfully introduces over 3700 learners to language and workplace skills training programs. From this extensive work, we have conducted research, developed curricula and delivered training to assist practitioners, employers, and learners within our community and around the globe. We are a leader in the development of award-winning programs and learning resources that assist in the delivery of workplace, language, and intercultural competency training.

We are a national leader in social innovation. We support immigrants in achieving their aspirations, we celebrate the advantage of diversity, and we maximize immigrant contributions to Canada's social and economic vibrancy.

Click below to explore an online version of the 2018 School of Global Access viewbook. 

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Here to Help: Workplace Communication Skills for Food Services

ELL instructors can use this resource to assist newcomers to Canada in finding and retaining entry-level positions in the food services industry. This resource focuses on workplace communication, with an emphasis on speaking and listening. This project is funded by the Alberta Government.

A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy

A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy is a useful and in-depth resource for ESL literacy practitioners. The resource can support both instructors with dedicated classes of ESL literacy learners and instructors who have ESL literacy learners mixed with non-literacy learners.

School of Global Access Membership

Become a member. Participate in professional learning and expand your network. Membership is free and benefits are many.

Stories from the BlogView SGA blog

Strategies for Teaching Refugees
Research and Development

Strategies for Teaching Refugees: Post-TESL Courses at Bow Valley College

January 15, 2019

The second course in the Post-TESL series has been successfully piloted to a group of more than 30 participants from across Alberta.

Working Collaboratively to Support Students’ Experiences with Research at Bow Valley College
Research and Development

Working Collaboratively to Support Students’ Experiences with Research at Bow Valley College

January 11, 2019

The following post was written by  Dr. Martha Fanjoy, Researcher at the School of Global Access

Youth in Transition: A Foundation to Success
English Language Learning

Learner Insights - Shukria

January 9, 2019

The following blog was written by Tanya Yaunish, a faculty member at the School of Global Access.

Shukria learned the skills she needed to succeed while she was a learner in the Youth in Transition (YiT) program at Bow Valley College.

EAP Learner Profile
English Language Learning

Learner Insights - Nilofer Naderi

December 14, 2018

Like many newcomers to Calgary, Nilofer Naderi arrived in 2015 with a long-term goal. She wanted to become a high school math teacher.  She knew it would be a long journey as she had very little confidence in her English listening and speaking abilities.

IC Recycling Workshop
Intercultural Centre

IC Engagement- Looking Forward to 2019

December 13, 2018

The Intercultural Centre will be ringing in the New Year with offering a great selection of learner led workshops for the January 2019 semester.   Through the ICan Crew there has been no shortage of opportunities for learners to engage in creative and self-expressive ways.  Here is a snapshot of


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Tuesday January 29, 2019

Supporting Diversity and Inclusion Through Social Innovation

11:15am to 1:00pm

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