Since 2005, VESL (the Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Project) has supported the professional development of volunteer ELL tutors throughout the city of Calgary. VESL is the collaborative effort of three Calgary ELL service providers with long-standing volunteer programs: Bow Valley College, the Calgary Public Library, and the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. The project hosts six face-to-face training workshops throughout the year that are offered free-of-charge to volunteers who support language learners in organizations throughout Calgary.
In this workshop, participants learned about the importance of conversation for low-level learners and how to use activities that build fluency, encourage retention, and develop confidence.
The workshop was facilitated by Norma Tersigni, a faculty member at the School of Global Access.
Visit the VESL Network to learn about upcoming VESL workshops and download information, handouts, and resources from over twenty previously held VESL workshops.