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Cooperative ESL Ministries • Spring 2016 •

Thank You for Joining Us

Dear <<First Name>>

On April 9, 2016, we offered a full-day spring training event Building Bridges: Responding to the Refugee Crisis. This very successful event was attended by approximately 100 people. We were blessed to have Peter Twele (MA Linguistics) from Surrey, BC as our keynote speaker. Peter is the Translation Consultant for SIL International and a Field Representative for Sabeel Media. He spoke about why we have a refugee crisis and what should be our response. He also shared some of the difficulties Arabic speakers encounter while learning English. A list of Syrian resources can be found on his website:  As a follow up to his breakout session about the struggles Arabic speakers face while learning English, this informative resource is listed on his resource page:

Other speakers at the event included: Rev. Mouner AlAjii, Pastor of the Arabic Christian Church of Calgary; Dale Fisher, An ATESL Accredited Instructor with 18 years experience designing and delivering adult and young adult ESL curriculum; Patricia Love, Pastor of Intercultural Ministries at Foothills Alliance Church; and Rick Love, Ordained Minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

We are thankful for all the speakers, staff, and volunteers who helped create this informative, eye-opening event. A special thanks to everyone who attended. We hope to see you again at our future events!

Helping Prepare Adult English Learners for Employment

by Dale Fisher

When we meet with adult English learners, questions around employment are always near the surface. Those who do not have a job, know they need to get one. Those who have jobs, want to move beyond their “survival” job, to one that better uses their qualifications and experience.

As ELL teachers, we have three main challenges: teaching the English they will need for their job search, explaining the Canadian workplace culture, and encouraging the learners that they have more transferrable skills than they realize.


The Value of Comics for ESL Learners

by Dr. Roswita Dressler

I attended an interesting conference recently on Comics and Contemporary Literacy. The speakers were all people who write and draw comic books or graphic novels and the purpose of the conference was to raise awareness as to the strengths of comics as a type of literature that has its own unique characteristics.

Want to Start an ESL Program in Your Church?

Let's reach out together to help the refugees and newcomers in our midst. If you are interested in starting an ESL Program in your church, please contact Roxy Meyers at for information on how to get started.

In the fall, we offer a 30-hour training program, Reaching Out with English. This program offers practical instruction for teaching conversational English to adults in your church or community.

We also offer Intercultural Communication workshops which will help you to understand and appreciate people from different cultures and develop more effective ways of communicating with them. Our workshops are also helpful for newcomers to Canada who want to learn more about Canadian culture. We can design sessions that fit your organization, church or school (Calgary and surrounding area). 

See our website for more information about our training and events:

This 'n' That

These listings are provided as a courtesy. Cooperative ESL Ministries does not run these programs.

MultiCultural Stampede Breakfast May 28, 2016

Join us in celebrating Calgary’s cultural diversity
through Calgary’s oldest stampede tradition
Saturday, May 28 at 9 am - Noon
Hosted by the Centre for Newcomers and the Calgary Stampede our annual Stampede Breakfast is a gathering of new immigrants and refugees, community partners, neighbours and guests coming together for a common experience – to enjoy the energy and culture of Calgary.

“We are looking forward to hosting this fun-filled event for the whole family.  Make sure you stop by our tent to sample food from around the world through our social venture EthniCity Catering.”  - Anila Lee Yuen, CEO of the Centre for Newcomers.
Western and multicultural performances, the marching band, display tents and exhibits, and the aroma of food wafting along 36th Street will bring guests abuzz with anticipation of fun-filled activities and new experiences. 
Join in on the entertainment and enjoy your community’s spirit…and don’t forget your cowboy hat!

Roundtable to Discuss Citizenship, Inclusion, Race and Pluralism

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is partnering with The City of Calgary, the Alberta Human Rights Commission and Bow Valley College to host a roundtable in Calgary onWednesday, May 18, 2016, that will connect individuals in conversation about citizenship, inclusion, race and pluralism
The event will be moderated by the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Calgary, Chima Nkemdirim, and will feature a stellar panel of diversity and inclusion champions.
The Urban Agenda: Calgary” will celebrate the success of Calgary as a hub of diversity and model of inclusion, while exploring unresolved issues and challenges. Calgary is the fourth common destination for newcomers to Canada, and about 28 per cent of its population is a visible minority – How can individuals of various cultural, social, religious and ethnic backgrounds work towards living together harmoniously? 
This is the CRRF’s fifth roundtable in its six-city series, which also includes Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Winnipeg and Halifax (still to come).
We hope you can join us for this exciting event.
Click here to register.

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Cooperative ESL Ministries is blessed to receive support
from the Community Initiatives Program of Alberta Culture

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