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

Participate in upcoming workshops & webinars

You are invited to participate in upcoming 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 & fully online
  • Delivered asynchronously, with two synchronous webinars
  • Facilitated by subject matter experts
  • Offered at no cost to Alberta ELL practitioners
  • Applicable to a variety of contexts, including LINC

Course participants are evaluated based on the completion of course activities and assignments. Assignments will be graded in accordance with rubrics. In order to pass the course, you must participate in 100% of the course activities, successfully complete all the assignments, and attend both webinars.

For more information and to register, contact globalaccess@bowvalleycollege.ca
This pilot project is funded by the Government of Alberta.

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September 19 - October 16, 2018

ESL Literacy Material Design

ESL Literacy Material Design is a four week, 12 hour online professional development course for Alberta ELL practitioners. It combines theory and practical application and helps instructors to deepen their understanding of the topic, reflect on practice, work towards implementation in their classrooms, and create a professional community. Topics include principles of effective ESL literacy material design, hands-on materials, and text-based materials. 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to describe key principles of ESL literacy material design and apply this knowledge to create hands-on materials and/or reading texts.

ESL Literacy Material Design Course Info.pdf

Course Facilitator: 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.

To register, email: globalaccess@bowvalleycollege.ca

October 17 - November 13, 2018

Strategies for Teaching Refugees

Course information coming soon.

Facilitator: 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.

To register, email: globalaccess@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

November 14 - December 11, 2018

Teaching in Multilevel ELL Contexts

Course information coming soon.

To register, email: globalaccess@bowvalleycollege.ca

September 19 - October 16, 2018

ESL Literacy Material Design

ESL Literacy Material Design is a four week, 12 hour online professional development course for Alberta ELL practitioners. It combines theory and practical application and helps instructors to deepen their understanding of the topic, reflect on practice, work towards implementation in their classrooms, and create a professional community. Topics include principles of effective ESL literacy material design, hands-on materials, and text-based materials. 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to describe key principles of ESL literacy material design and apply this knowledge to create hands-on materials and/or reading texts.

ESL Literacy Material Design Course Info.pdf

Course Facilitator: 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.

To register, email: globalaccess@bowvalleycollege.ca

October 17 - November 13, 2018

Strategies for Teaching Refugees

Course information coming soon.

Facilitator: 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.

To register, email: globalaccess@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

November 14 - December 11, 2018

Teaching in Multilevel ELL Contexts

Course information coming soon.

To register, email: globalaccess@bowvalleycollege.ca

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