ELL Training Network

Welcome to the English Language Learning (ELL) Training Network, a place for ELL practitioners to access professional development workshops, webinars, resources, and information to better meet the needs of English language learners.

In response to the needs of the Calgary ELL community, the ELL Training Network will focus on supporting refugee learners. Over the next two years, we will offer professional development training to strengthen the instructional skills of ELL instructors and volunteer tutors who work with refugee learners. The training will provide information, strategies, and inclusive instructional practices to better support refugee learners in the ELL classroom.

  • Thank you for this series of workshops. It not only enriched my knowledge on teaching refugee leaners but also increased my confidence in meeting their needs.
    Workshop participant
  • This was excellent, informative, engaging and the speaker had great experience to share. Every point/slide made me think about a learner (or learners) that I’ve had.
    Workshop participant
  • Well-paced workshop. Excellent information. Compassionate approach.
    Workshop participant

Refugee Training Project

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Overview

A two year project funded by Calgary Learns to create professional development workshops to strengthen the instructional skills of ELL practitioners working with adult refugee learners.

Professional Learning

ELL practitioners will have the opportunity to participate in face-to-face workshops to increase their skills in working with refugees. Condensed versions of the workshops will be delivered as webinars.

Advisory Committee

The project advisory committee includes representatives from: Bow Valley College, Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, Calgary Immigrant Education Society, Centre for Newcomers, and Immigrant Services Calgary.

Upcoming Training

Participate in upcoming workshops & webinars

This professional development series is designed to strengthen the teaching skills of ELL instructors and volunteer tutors who work with refugee learners.  

Workshops and webinars are free for ELL instructors and volunteer tutors.

For more information and to register, contact globalaccess@bowvalleycollege.ca

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February 27, 2018

Teaching ESL Literacy: Skills and Activities

A number of refugee English language learners have literacy needs. In this webinar, you will:

  • identify emerging literacy skills to support the development of literacy
  • describe activities to support these emerging literacy skills

Presenter: Emily Albertsen

Emily is a faculty member at the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College. She has worked with youth and adult ESL literacy learners for more than ten years. She has contributed to many projects in ESL literacy, including the CCLB ESL literacy resources ESL for ALL and the ESL for ALL Support Kit. She is the editor of Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook and she was the invited speaker on the topic of ESL literacy at the 2016 ATESL conference.

Register for webinar

March 27, 2018

Towards Creating a Welcoming Space

Intercultural competency is not just a buzzword these days. This webinar will deepen your awareness of culture and its impact on behaviour and worldview. In this webinar, you will:

  • examine the importance of intercultural competence in the classroom
  • develop strategies for mindful observation inquiry

Presenter: Veena Zarour-Murthy

Veena is a faculty member at the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College. 

Register for this webinar

April 17, 2018

Cultivating Inclusion and Belonging

Transitioning to a new environment is not easy and can be threatening to one’s identity and sense of self.

This webinar explores topics such as cultural safety and transition stress to better equip you to cultivate inclusion and belonging in the ELL classroom. In the webinar, you will:

  • identify the impacts of transition stress on adapting and identity
  • identify strategies for achieving cultural safety in the ELL classroom

Presenter: Veena Zarour-Murthy

Veena is a faculty member at the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College.

Register for this webinar

February 27, 2018

Teaching ESL Literacy: Skills and Activities

A number of refugee English language learners have literacy needs. In this webinar, you will:

  • identify emerging literacy skills to support the development of literacy
  • describe activities to support these emerging literacy skills

Presenter: Emily Albertsen

Emily is a faculty member at the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College. She has worked with youth and adult ESL literacy learners for more than ten years. She has contributed to many projects in ESL literacy, including the CCLB ESL literacy resources ESL for ALL and the ESL for ALL Support Kit. She is the editor of Learning for LIFE: An ESL Literacy Handbook and she was the invited speaker on the topic of ESL literacy at the 2016 ATESL conference.

Register for webinar

March 27, 2018

Towards Creating a Welcoming Space

Intercultural competency is not just a buzzword these days. This webinar will deepen your awareness of culture and its impact on behaviour and worldview. In this webinar, you will:

  • examine the importance of intercultural competence in the classroom
  • develop strategies for mindful observation inquiry

Presenter: Veena Zarour-Murthy

Veena is a faculty member at the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College. 

Register for this webinar

April 17, 2018

Cultivating Inclusion and Belonging

Transitioning to a new environment is not easy and can be threatening to one’s identity and sense of self.

This webinar explores topics such as cultural safety and transition stress to better equip you to cultivate inclusion and belonging in the ELL classroom. In the webinar, you will:

  • identify the impacts of transition stress on adapting and identity
  • identify strategies for achieving cultural safety in the ELL classroom

Presenter: Veena Zarour-Murthy

Veena is a faculty member at the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College.

Register for this webinar

Workshops

Featured Resources

Resources for Refugees in Alberta

Find and explore community resources

Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre

MCRC provides temporary accomodation to refugees and services to both Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) and Privately Sponsored Refugees (PSRs) Visit website

Refugee Alberta

A hub of provincial information for refugees, immigrant-serving organizations, and the community. Visit website

Calgary Refugee Health

An online resource that provides refugees in Southern Alberta with access to information on health services. Visit website

Resettlement Journey in Alberta

This infographic outlines the key phases of the refugee resettlement process. Learn more

Refugee Experiences

Background information from diverse perspectives

Explore the following resources that highlight the diversity of refugee experiences from a Canadian and global perspective.

  • Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees
  • UNHCR: Global Trends: Information on forced displacement in 2016
  • UNHCR: Refugee Stories: A diverse collection of refugee stories available in multiple languages
  • IRCC: Stories of Refugees: Former refugees share their stories about coming to Canada
  • Refugee Backgrounders: Information about various refugee populations, including a population's history, culture, religion, language, education, and resettlement needs
  • Working with Immigrant Students: Five guides created by the Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation and the Alberta Teachers' Association to support K-12 teachers.
  • Cultural Backgrounders: A series of resources that provide general cultural information on various refugee and cultural groups new to the United States.
  • EthnoMed: Specific community cultural profiles and subjects related to ethnic groups.
  • CCR Chronicle: Canadian Council of Refugees monthly e-newsletter
  • The Refugee Project: A temporal map of global refugee migration since 1975

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