Struggles facing newcomers • The road to being a Canadian citizen • AGM info • Chruch ESL Programs • Reaching out with English
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It's hard to believe that the green of summer is slowly giving way to the saffron, ochre and scarlet of autumn. Already there's a crispness in the air that heralds the coming season. With the arrival of fall comes Reaching out with English, a 30-hour course spread over three weekends, where you will learn practical ways to teach ESL to adults in your church and community. If you are interested in learning to teach ESL to adults, please join us!

The Struggles Facing
Newcomers in Schools

By James Edel

While many of us have a keen interest  in issues facing adult newcomers in Calgary, children of immigrant parents have their own set of struggles.  In the September 2015 issue of Albertaviews, an article entitled “Language Limbo – The urgent need for more ESL instruction in school” by Marcello Di Cintio, called for more attention on our children who are learning English as a second language.  Here are some pertinent facts... Read More

The Golden Road to Being a Canadian Citizen

By Adeline Tataille-Knisely

I’m very humble and feeling blessed to be granted as a Canadian citizen. It wasn’t something that I even hoped for, but in everything God always has a plan for those who believe.

Before I met my Canadian husband, I met a Canadian pastor who was willing to invest in me and supported me to come to Canada, but it was not easy. I spent a ton of money to apply for a visa, then I get denied seven times....Read More



Cooperative ESL Ministries Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Encompass Partnerships (3841 - 54 Avenue NE, Calgary). Please join us. Public is welcome. Come and find out what we're all about!
CIWA Office Administration Program

The Office Administration Program for Immigrant Women is a full-time, 24 week employment training program, designed to help participants join the Canadian workforce.

Intake will begin in October 2015
Recruitment is already underway.

Who can apply?

Immigrant women who are:
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Permanent residents
  • Educated and/or professional experienced in administrative positions
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks of 7 or higher
Location: Calgary Immigrant Women's Association 138 - 4 Ave SE.
Contact: Yulia Minakova  403.263.4414 ext. 127
Church ESL Classes
From time to time, ESL classes change their contact information and dates/times for classes. Here are the latest updates from some of our host churches:

Northside Bible Fellowship
Starts Sept. 2015 
Thursdays 7 - 9 pm
For more info contact: James Edel 587-433-6991

Rockpointe Church:
Bowness Boys and Girls Club: Starts Sept. 17
Thursdays 7 - 8:30 pm
For more info contact:

Central United Church: Starts Sept. 15
Tuesdays 7 - 8:30 pm
For more info contact:

Ambrose Airhart Theatre: starts Sept. 13
Sundays 9 - 10:15 am
For more info contact:

New Canadian Friendship Centre:
Rockyview Alliance: Starts Sept. 13-20
Sundays 8:45-9:45 am, Bridges ESL
Mondays 7 - 9 pm, Conversation Café
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 - 9 pm Beginner ESL
Wednesdays 10 am - 1 pm Café Drop-in
Wednesdays 10:30 am - 3:15 pm One-on-One ESL
Fridays 10 am - 1 pm Café Drop-in

Encompass Partnerships: Starts Sept. 15
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am - 1 pm Café Drop-in
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 - 11:30 am ESL Classes
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 - 8:30 pm ESL Classes
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Cooperative ESL Ministries is blessed to receive support
from the Community Initiatives Program of Alberta Culture.

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