ESL Rural Routes Newsletter

Dear ESL Practitioners,

Welcome back to another fall season! The Rural Routes consultants look forward to serving you again this year with some recent changes. We would like to welcome Jeanne Spearman to our team, she is serving Region 1, 2, and some of 3. Luisa Toteda will continue to serve Region parts of Region 3 and all of Region 4. To learn more about your regional consultant or to contact them today, visit Secure your preferred in-person workshop dates, connect with the team right away!


Rural Routes Online Workshops

Rural Routes is excited to be offering a wide range of FREE online workshops and programs to you over the next ten months! Checkout our website regularly for more information and details on how to register for these sessions.  For a quick way to see what is new, visit and click on 'Events'. Space is limited! 

The first program offered this fall is the Rural Routes Intercultural Communication Series Level 1: Foundations XLAN 1210, which starts Oct 28, 2015. A course description is available here: There are no admission requirements for Level 1.

Starting February 18, 2016, we are pleased to announce for the first time that Rural Routes will be offering Level 2: Perspectives XLAN1211 of the Intercultural Practitioner Certificate for FREE. You must have completed level 1 to be eligible to register for level 2. 

Interested in what other topics that will be offered online through Rural Routes? The lineup includes: 

  • Navigating Interviews, in partnership with the Centre for Intercultural Education, NorQuest
  • Critical Incidents for Intercultural Communication in the workplace, in partnership with the Centre for Intercultural Education, NorQuest
  • Task-Based Language Teaching, in partnership with Tutela
  • Volunteer Engagement for ESL providers, in partnership with Volunteer Alberta
  • IELTS Experts Panel, in partnership with Faculty of Foundational Career and Intercultural Studies, NorQuest
  • Various Rural Routes workshops

LINC Online Course 

Designed to meet the language learning needs of newcomers who may be working full or part time, or who may be otherwise unable to attend face-to- face classes. Check out this short video to learn more about this course and how your learners can register. Click this link to the video:

Upcoming Events

Two annual events are just around the corner.  Rural Routes will be presenting at both conferences and would love to see you there. The Literacy and Learning Symposium takes place from October 13-16, 2015 in Calgary. The TESL Canada 2015 Conference hosted by ATESL occurs on October 29-31, 2015 in Lake Louise.

Don’t forget to register! The conferences provide excellent professional development opportunities. 


Rural Routes Team

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