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.

April 2015

It's time for our annual survey!

We want to hear from you! Please take time to answer our survey questions. Your contribution will provide us with valuable information, and help us continue to offer quality services for you.

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and contains questions regarding your experiences accessing Rural Routes services. In the fall of 2015, Rural Routes will make the survey findings available. 

Prizes to be won:

There are three prizes this year! A copy of the Roots and Connections resource, and two $50 VISA cards.

Complete the survey today:

Complete the survey today by clicking this link:

Community Profile: Manning and area

Community name: Manning and area, including the communities of Dixonville, Deadwood, Hotchkiss, Hawk Hills, and Keg River

Organization name: Manning Community Adult Learning and Literacy

Contact person: Kelly Schram, Executive Director 780-836-2664


In this edition, we are showing Manning Adult Learning and Literacy as our community Snapshot! 

Community Profile

Manning Community Adult Learning and Literacy serves a community of 1200 people, as well as 5000 people in the surrounding area. 

English Language Learner Support Services

English Language Learning (ELL) classes are offered in Manning and Dixonville during the day, with the potential to provide evening and weekend classes as demand increases. 

Community Challenges

Our community is very spread out, with small pockets of people in isolated locations.

Community Support

Our agency has a wide range of supports from community groups and service providers:

  • Manning and District FCSS
  • County of Northern Lights

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For students:
Quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles to help ELLs. This project of The Internet TESL Journal ( includes thousands of contributions by many teachers.
Excellent videos designed to assist learners in awareness of and practice in pragmatic topics (facilitator’s guide available).

For instructors:

This website from BC has many resources.

The following books are valuable:

Adult ESL literacy resource: Survival guide for instructors, by Janet Massaro. Vancouver: ELSA Net, 2004.

Supports ESL instructors who have literacy learners in their classes. For instructors who are TESL/TESOL trained, have some experience in community-based adult ESL programs, and are familiar with current ESL teaching methods.

Available online:

A beginning look at Canada, by Anne-Marie Kaskens. Scarborough: Prentice-Hall, 1998[BH2] . 428.64 K127. Short readings on Canada’s geography, history, people and government are followed by comprehension questions and exercises designed to develop reading skills.

Toolbox for ESL tutors: An instruction guide for teaching English as a second language to newcomers, by Marlene A. Piontech. Toronto: Frontier College 2000, 428.3407 P66 2000 Available online:

Canadian citizenship practice test. Richmond: Richmond Public Library, 2008.

Consists of over 100 multiple-choice questions based on A Look at Canada, 2007 edition.

Available online:

Tips & Hints

The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rural Routes Tip Sheets, created by Sara Gnida, ESL Rural Routes Regional Consultant. We have a new tip sheet on the steps one would take to start an ESL program, and a flowchart of how an individual learner would progress through a program. Other Tip sheet topics include Learning Assessment, ESL Literacy, Needs Assessment, How to Become an ESL Teacher, and more. To find these tip sheets and others, visit:

Current News

We would like to welcome Jennifer Hillier to the Rural Routes Team! Jennifer began working as an ESL instructor in 2007, and taught for one year in South Korea. She has experience as an Adult and Family Literacy Practitioner in rural communities. Currently, she is the Project Manager for Literacy Alberta. Jennifer’s passion lies in putting adult learning principles into practice for the benefit of learners.

To learn more about Jennifer visit our website:

ESL Intensive Online Courses

The ESL Intensive program is excited to be offering online ESL courses. General ESL courses as well as English for Careers courses are offered online.  Since these courses are offered online, they can be taken from anywhere.  The courses all have start and end dates.  Funding is available for eligible students (except ESLW 1521).

Download Quick Fact Sheet

For more information on course description please read the “Additional note” section at the bottom of the ESL Intensive (2015-2016) Course Listing page at

ESL Literacy and Parenting Skills Training (ESL–LAPS)

Train the Facilitator

Date: April 22–24, 2015

Location: Brooks, Alberta

Contact: Jackie Peterson at or call 403-641-3444

For more information, see:

LINC Programming

NorQuest College is pleased to offer face-to-face and online LINC programming in rural communities. To be admitted to LINC, applicants must be permanent residents. This program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and tuition is free to those who qualify. For more information, to set up a class, or to register, please contact us at or call 780.644.6700.

Online Workshops


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