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 Alberta ELL community, the ELL Training Network will focus on the development and delivery of post-TESL training. Over the next year, we will offer five professional development courses that focus on enhancing the instructional skills of ELL practitioners in Alberta.

In addition to this, we offer ongoing professional learning opportunities throughout the year. Explore this network to learn more.

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Post-TESL Certificate Program

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Overview

The Post-TESL Certificate Program is a pilot project funded by the Government of Alberta that addresses a need for targeted, in-depth post-TESL professional development that focuses on the skill development of ELL practitioners who are working with newcomers. Five fully online courses will be offered to Alberta ELL practitioners starting in September 2018.

Professional Learning

The Post-TESL Certificate Program focuses on enhancing the instructional skills of ELL practitioners in Alberta. Each four-week course is fully online, facilitated by subject matter experts, and provides the opportunity to connect with practitioners across the province. Course content is designed to increase instructor knowledge and encourages practical application in the ELL classroom.​

Advisory Committee

The project advisory committee includes representatives from across the province. The pilot offering of these courses is offered at no cost to all ELL practitioners in Alberta. Participants are free to complete any or all courses offered. Those who successfully complete four of the five courses will be eligible for a certificate.​

Post-TESL Courses

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The School of Global Access is offering a series of new Post-TESL professional development courses. Each post-TESL course is designed to deepen subject matter knowledge, enhance instructional skills, and encourage connection amongst Alberta ELL practitioners. Each four-week course is:

  • Cohort-based and fully online
  • Delivered asynchronously, with one to two synchronous webinars
  • Facilitated by subject matter experts
  • Offered at no cost to Alberta ELL practitioners
  • Applicable to a variety of contexts, including LINC

Participants who complete four post-TESL courses will receive a Post-TESL certificate.

The post-TESL courses include:

  • ESL Literacy Material Design offered September 19 – October 16, 2018
  • Strategies for Teaching Refugees offered October 17 – November 13, 2018
  • Teaching in Multilevel Contexts offered November 14 – December 11, 2018
  • Inclusive Teaching Practices offered January 9 – February 5, 2019
  • Teaching English for the Workplace offered February 6 – March 5, 2019

This pilot project is funded by the Government of Alberta.

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Course Participant Feedback

“I strongly believe that this training will provide me with the necessary tools to maximize resources and be able to develop and create more effective materials to support my teachers and the students in our program.”

“This course was pivotal in reshaping how I feel about my teaching and how I need to adapt my practice to ESL Adult Literacy learners.”

“I am much better informed about practical strategies for engaging in trauma informed practice in the classroom and how incorporating these strategies will help my refugee learners be successful.”

“I am much more cognizant of the situation of refugees in my classroom. I’m definitely on the right path now. Thanks!” “It was an incredibly valuable course. I think it should be a required course for all ESL / LINC instructors.”

Course Participant Feedback

“I strongly believe that this training will provide me with the necessary tools to maximize resources and be able to develop and create more effective materials to support my teachers and the students in our program.”

“This course was pivotal in reshaping how I feel about my teaching and how I need to adapt my practice to ESL Adult Literacy learners.”

“I am much better informed about practical strategies for engaging in trauma informed practice in the classroom and how incorporating these strategies will help my refugee learners be successful.”

“I am much more cognizant of the situation of refugees in my classroom. I’m definitely on the right path now. Thanks!” “It was an incredibly valuable course. I think it should be a required course for all ESL / LINC instructors.”

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