ESL Rural Routes Newsletter

Community Profile


Tips and Hints

Current News


Have you developed resources or discovered unique ways to meet your community’s needs? Would you like to be in our Community Snapshot feature? Contact us to share your knowledge and ideas. Email

Rural Routes Tip Sheets

These tips sheets are created by Sara Gnida, ESL Rural Routes Regional Consultant. Tip sheets include topics such as Learning Assessment, ESL Literacy, Needs Assessment, and How to Become an ESL Teacher. To find these and other tip sheets, visit our Resources page

Regions Map


R1: Northern Region
R2: NorQuest Stewardship & Eastern Region
R3: Central, Calgary & Red Deer Region
R4: Southern Region

Check out our ESL Rural Routes website!

The Rural Routes website has launched successfully. We’re excited to see the increase in users and hope you will share the site with tutors and other ESL providers in your community. We are especially hoping you are able to connect to a variety of resources and begin conversations on the discussion board. The consultants will be checking the forums regularly to answer any questions you may have.

December 2014

Community Profile: Mountain View County

Community name: Mountain View County (including the communities of Sundre, Olds, Didsbury, Carstairs, and Cremona)

Organization name: Mountain View Communities Adult Learning Society

Contact person: Jennifer Isaac, Program Coordinator or 403-518-7020


In this edition, we are showcasing Mountain View Communities Adult Learning Society as our Community Snapshot!

Community Profile

Mountain View County is a blend of magnificent vistas, with some of the most productive agricultural land in Canada. County residents strive to maintain a rural lifestyle and heritage, while building sustainable communities for the future.   

English Language Learner Support Services

English Language Learning (ELL) classes are available throughout the county on a rotational basis. Classes are generally offered in the fall, winter, and spring. 

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Tips & Hints

Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential. – Winston Churchill

This is a submission by Martha Urquhart, Language Instructor, NorQuest College.

Using the CLBs to help students reflect on their own learning

Many checklists are available to help you and your students track their progression with the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs). I found these checklists did not give me all the information I wanted at a glance. So I adapted a checklist that I use with my students, allowing both the student and me to see at a glance what benchmarks the student is developing and/or achieving.

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Current News

Volunteer Engagement for ESL Providers is back!

Description: This workshop targets ESL organizations that engage volunteers. What trends are affecting the volunteers who come through your door? How do you determine who is the right person for the role? By understanding the motivations and wants of the volunteer and those of your organization, you increase your capacity to effectively deliver programs and services to learners in your community. Open and clear communication and flexibility are key components to growing dedicated individuals committed to the work of your organization.

Dates:     Tuesday Feb 10, 1 to 3 pm
               Tuesday Apr 14, 10 to noon
               Tuesday May 12, 10 to noon 

How to register: Space is limited. Register today! Visit and select “Events.”

Intercultural Communication Series

Description: In this six-part series, you will be introduced to core intercultural concepts to support your role as a cultural bridge for newcomers in your community.  You will set personal and practitioner goals for intercultural development and will learn to apply a process called the Something’s Up Cycle  and other intercultural tools to notice and navigate the differences that matter across cultures in the classroom. You will learn to see cultural patterns in everyday interactions.  Completion of series qualifies you to enter the second course of the NorQuest Intercultural Practitioner Certificate. Sign up for either offering.

Offering 1 – Jan. 21 to March 4
                   Wednesdays 10 to noon.
                   Registration cut-off: Jan 14, 2015

Offering 2 – March 26 to May 7
                   Thursdays 1 to 3 pm.
                   Registration cut-off: March 19 2015

This series is offered online.

Register today!

Rural Routes Online Workshops Launch

Between January and April, ESL Rural Routes will be offering a selection of our workshops online across Alberta. This will make it possible for individuals to receive a broader range of training than might be offered in their particular location. Our introductory ESL Tutor Training workshop will be offered three times during this period to ensure that new tutors receive training in a timely manner.

Workshops are 2.5 hours long and will be offered on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, three times a month. Go to the Rural Routes Events page to register. The login link and links to handouts will be sent to registered participants two days prior to the workshop. 

Link to full schedule

Part-time LINC Online Course

NorQuest College is pleased to offer a part-time LINC Online Course designed to meet the language learning needs of newcomers who may be unable to attend face-to-face classes due to work or other commitments. The course is a mixture of classroom instruction and online learning. Students are expected to study a minimum of 12.5 hours each week. Minimum weekly requirements are as follows:

  1. one 3 hour session of classroom instruction
  2. one 1.5 hour webinar
  3. one 1.5 hour computer lab
  4. 6.5 hours of asynchronous learning

Find out more and view the upcoming schedule.


On October 25, 2014 in Edmonton, 76 people attended the ATESL workshop An ESL Toolkit of Educational Games and Activities, delivered by Rural Routes Regional Consultant Luisa Toteda. If you are interested in this workshop, please contact your Rural Routes Regional Consultant.

Literacy and Learning Symposium

ESL Rural Routes and the Centre for Family Literacy joined forces to develop the workshop “An Integrated Approach to ESL and Family Literacy.” Jacky Rivas, ESL Rural Routes Regional Consultant, presented the workshop to an enthusiastic group. Participants were eager to learn about innovative ways to integrate ESL techniques into new and existing programs. The workshop is a great way to learn how to blend ESL and family literacy programming. Book your workshop today!             

Also at the Literacy and Learning Symposium, Cassi Hutchison received the Outstanding Contribution to Community Adult Learning Award. Congratulations Cassi!

November was Financial Literacy Month

Financial literacy means having the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make responsible financial decisions. The theme this year is Strengthening Financial Literacy Through Collaboration.

The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada provides a self-assessment quiz, tools to improve your skills, a photo contest, a calendar of events, and more here

REALIZE Conference

English Online, a Manitoba-based not-for-profit corporation, is providing an online forum on January 23 and 24, 2015. The National Online Forum for English as an Additional Language (EAL) / English as a Second Language (ESL) Professionals in Canada is a unique professional development experience, involving educators from across the country. If you are involved in language learning in Canada, you won’t want to miss it.

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