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: http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/ciesurveys/esl-services-evaluation-questionnaire-2015/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 780-836-2664
In this edition, we are showing Manning Adult Learning and Literacy as our community Snapshot!
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.
Our community is very spread out, with small pockets of people in isolated locations.
Our agency has a wide range of supports from community groups and service providers:
Manning and District FCSS
County of Northern Lights
Quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles to help ELLs. This project of The Internet TESL Journal (iteslj.org) 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).
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: www.elsanet.org/pdf/literacy_guide.pdf
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: http://eslruralroutes.norquest.ca/resources/content/toolbox-for-esl-tutors.aspx
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: www.yourlibrary.ca/citizenship
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: https://eslruralroutes.norquest.ca/resources/content/esl-rural-routes-tip-sheets.aspx
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: https://eslruralroutes.norquest.ca/about-us/consultants.aspx
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 http://www.norquest.ca/cal/2015-2016/program/esl-intensive/courselist.aspx
ESL Literacy and Parenting Skills Training (ESL–LAPS)
Train the Facilitator
Date: April 22–24, 2015
Location: Brooks, Alberta
Contact: Jackie Peterson at email@example.com or call 403-641-3444
For more information, see:
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 LINC@norquest.ca or call 780.644.6700.
“NEW” Volunteer Engagement for ESL Providers
Description: 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.
When: May 12, 2015, 10:00 AM – Noon
For more information and to register, see: eslruralroutes.norquest.ca/events/2015/online-4-new-volunteer-engagement-for-esl-prov.aspx
Rural Routes Strategies for Teaching Reading (and vocabulary)
Description: Participants will explore principles and strategies for teaching reading. They will explore the CLB, discover useful resources, and learn how to design reading lessons.
When: April 18, 2015, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
For more information, see: eslruralroutes.norquest.ca/events/2015/online-10-rural-routes-strategies-for-teaching-r.aspx
Rural Routes Strategies for Teaching Writing
Description: Participants will explore principles and strategies for teaching writing. They will explore the CLB, discover useful resources, and learn how to design writing lessons.
When: April 21, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
For more information, see: eslruralroutes.norquest.ca/events/2015/online-11-rural-routes-strategies-for-teaching-w.aspx