Dear <<First Name>>
It's been a busy month for the Cooperative with the start of the Reaching Out With English 30-hour course and our AGM at the end of September. We are blessed to have a full class this year for ROWE, the program was sold out by the early bird deadline. It has gotten off to a great start and we are looking for at least 60 ESL students to join us on Saturday, October 18th at the New Canadian Friendship Centre from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m for free English lessons
. The students will help volunteers learn how to teach English. If you know anyone who would be interested, please have them contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Intercultural Communication Workshop Oct. 25
We are pleased to announce an Intercultural Communication workshop on Saturday, October 25 at Encompass Partnerships 3851 - 54 Avenue NE.
Do you work with people from other cultures? Do you live near someone from another country? Do you want to welcome people from other cultures in your church or school? Do you want to feel comfortable and confident communicating with people from other cultures? If your life intersects with people from other cultures, these workshops will benefit you!
Topics include: Identity (who we are); Point of View (how we see things) and Interaction (how we share ideas). Our workshops will help you understand and appreciate people from different cultures and develop more effective ways of communicating with them. Intercultural Communication Workshops are also helpful for newcomers to Canada who want to learn more about Canadian Culture. The workshop is $20 if registered in advance (by October 21) and $25 at the door. See our website for full details.
We also offer custom workshops. If your workplace or school is interested in booking a personalized workshop, please contact email@example.com
by Dr. Roswita Dressler
How many languages do our students speak? Have you ever asked? Sometimes we are so busy teaching English to newcomers that we forget that many of our students speak more than one language, over and above English! Exploring what languages students speak and their feelings toward those languages can tell us and them a great deal about their linguistic identity and how that is changing as they learn English.
Research David Block is also interested in linguistic identity. He has discovered that when people refer to their linguistic identity they either refer to their expertise – their ability to speak languages, their affiliation – their connections to the language and culture, real or imagined, and their inheritance – family connections they have to the language and/or culture. For some people, aspects of one are stronger than others. For others, one aspect may be completely missing. Whatever the case, the interesting discussions come from talking about one’s expertise, affiliation and inheritance and how they come together to make up one’s linguistic identity.
One way that these discussions can be assisted is by asking students to “draw their languages”. The added interesting element is to include a silhouette of a body and ask students to “draw their languages where they are on your body”. This is an activity that two German researchers, Dr. Hans-Jürgen Krumm and Dr. Ingrid Gogolin designed for children in Europe as a part of the European Language Portfolio. This is where students collect evidence of their language learning as they progress through school. I have used this activity with children and adults alike. Both groups enjoy the activity and the discussions that follow as they share what they have drawn, explaining the colors they chose and why they did so.
The Before picture shows the silhouette the students receive. The After picture is my language portrait. After I have colored it, I usually explain it like this: English is in my head, it is the language I think in. I chose blue because at the end of a long day, it is calming to speak English because it is easiest for me (expertise). German is red and in my heart. It holds a special place in my heart since it connects me to my family in Germany and my family here in Canada who speak German (inheritance). Since I learned that I hold German citizenship, I have become closer to the language (affiliation). French is brown and in my hands. I learned French for practical reasons: I wanted to always be able to get a job as a second language teacher and although I have had to work at it, I have had success (brown, dirt, work = expertise). I chose orange for Dutch because that is the color of their sports teams so I think of it as the Dutch color. I like the way the language sounds, so even though I am not as good at it (expertise), I like it (affiliation). In drawing about my languages, I realize that I not only associate them with certain colors, but also certain parts of my body, which in different cultures may mean different things, another area for discussion.
The Language Portrait Silhouette is a simple, but engaging tool for exploring linguistic identity with our students. I encourage you to try it as an ice breaker or writing prompt and discover the many languages your students speak as well as how they feel about them.
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