From Crisis to Community: Welcoming Refugees • How to Help Refugees with their English •
ESL Program List Update • Emigration: Through the Eyes of a Child • ATESL Meeting
Cooperative ESL Ministries • January 2016 •

From Crisis to Community: Welcoming Refugees

There has been a lot of talk about the influx of refugees arriving in Canada and this year's Networking Breakfast shares ways that you can help welcome them.

Join us on March 5, 2016 for our annual Networking Breakfast. This year's theme is From Crisis to Community: Welcoming Refugees. Enjoy a delicious meal and the opportunity to network with individuals, churches, and agencies who serve newcomers in our city. Our keynote speaker for this event is Rod Olson, the Refugees and Uprooted Peoples Coordinator with Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. He will be speaking on the topic: #Refugees Welcome.   

Date: March 5, 2016

Time: 9:30 am

Location: Encompass Partnerships3851 - 54 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T3J 3W5 (parking located in the back)

Cost: $20 per person (Early bird price $15 until March 2. No discount will apply for payments
made at the door.)

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Help promoting this event would be greatly appreciated. If you'd like to promote it in your church or community, you can download the poster below. Thank you for your support!
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How To Help Refugees with their English

by Dale Fisher

Many groups are responding generously to the call to sponsor Syrian refugees. This is wonderful because these people will need this support, guidance and friendship for many years. CESLM can help with this process because we have a wealth of experience and resources to offer.

All refugees will be eligible for free LINC classes, unless they are already fluent in English, but many will have to wait for spaces in English classes to open up. In the meantime, we want to start helping people with their English so they can start to interact with Canadian society. As they see their English improve, they’ll feel that they are finally making progress and moving ahead with their lives. Sometimes the psychological benefits of starting English are as important as the practical ones.  

ESL Program List Update

The church-based ESL Programs listed on our website ( have been updated and are current as of January 12, 2016. The lists are typically updated en masse twice per year, however, changes may be submitted at any time. Now a pdf copy of the complete list (all quadrants) can also be downloaded on our website! We do not own any of these ESL programs but create this list as a service. Individual churches can be contacted for more information about their programs.

Emigration: Through a Child's Eyes, Part Two

by Karin Kossman

Karin Kossman (Jorgensen) emigrated from Denmark to Canada when she was eight years old. Here, she shares part two of her story about life on the ship as they leave Copenhagen for North America. Click here for Part One


The loud horn sounds and I hear a man, later known as the ship’s mate, shout into the microphone with a booming voice, ” LAST CALL: ALL ABOARD.”  I’m baffled, as baffled as an eight year old can be. What happens next? The huge vessel  moves slowly away from the dock. Thousands of people, or so it seems, are on board. Leaning over the edge of the ship, most of the passengers wave their  small flags frantically as a symbol of farewell and respect for their country and the people of origin they leave behind. As our friends and relatives fade, till only small dots of people are seen back at the Copenhagen harbour, they finally disappear in the distance. People are wiping tears from their eyes. I don’t understand that many of these good byes are final. Read More...

ATESL January Meeting

Please join ATESL on Sat. Jan. 30 for their first PD event of 2016 - a double header focused on enhancing learners’ reading skills.

1) Assisting ESL Students Become Better Readers through Schema Theory Applications
Abir Abutaha (Ph.D. student in Education at Northcentral University, Arizona) will focus on activating learners’ schemata to improve reading skills. Through group activities, participants will generate ideas on how to best activate students' prior knowledge for both intensive and extensive reading.

2) The Anatomy of Expository Text Summarization
Lena Bishop (SAIT) will explore unconventional summarization skills - ones that operate at the microstructure level. These skills are often underestimated and underused, but they can actually allow readers to summarize texts more rapidly and efficiently than many of the skills commonly taught.

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am

Location: Bow Valley College, North Campus, third floor. Room: N314  345 - 6 Avenue SE, Calgary

Please RSVP by January 22, 2016  to

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