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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.

June 2014

Community Profile: Rocky View County

Community name: Rocky View County

Organization name: Rocky View Schools Community Learning (RVSCL)

Contact person: Chelsea Jackson,  Program Coordinator   (403) 945-4114


In this edition, we are showcasing Rocky View County as our Community Snapshot!

Community Profile

Rocky View County surrounds the city of Calgary in a horseshoe shape to the west, north, and east of the city.  The approximate population of Rocky View Country, including the city of Airdrie and the towns of Cochrane, Chestermere, and Crossfield, is 92,163. Airdrie is one of the youngest and fastest growing cities in Alberta.  

English Language Learner Support Services

  • English language learning (ELL) classes are available in Airdrie, Cochrane, and Chestermere.
  • Volunteer tutoring for adult learners is available throughout Rocky View County.

Community Challenges

Due to the large geographic area of Rocky View, access to support services and programming can be difficult and sometimes impossible for some English language learners. 

Community Support

Many agencies work together to provide strong support networks in the city of Airdrie and the towns of Cochrane and Chestermere.  Some of these supports are:

  • Local public libraries
  • ESL Rural Routes, NorQuest College

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  • For students: Easy Pace Learning Basic English lessons, grammar, vocabulary, and exercises at an easy pace  
  • For instructors: Sticky Ball: ESL Resources for Teachers Free, printable  ESL resources for teachers, including ESL worksheets, ESL grammar exercises, ESL writing exercises, ESL phrasal verbs worksheets, and easy and useful games and activities for the ESL classroom 
  • Book: Teaching ESL in Canada by Xuemei Li, Johanne Myles, and Pamela Robinson A valuable resource for anyone who teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) in academic or private language schools or to adult newcomers to Canada. The text can be used in TESL classrooms or as a resource for individual professional development.
  • For tutors: VESL: Volunteer with ESL Learners
    A great website for volunteers with ESL learners. It includes ESL resources, community contacts, training opportunities, tutor tips, cultural info, volunteer highlights, professional development, and community news (with a focus on Calgary).

Tips & Hints

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

-Maya Angelou

We do not often associate psychology with ESL, but understanding socio-affective factors is important in our field.

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Current News

Literacy and Learning Symposium

Save the Dates! October 22nd–24th, 2014, Edmonton, Alberta

THEME: Navigating Change in the Learning Landscape

Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort, Edmonton, Alberta

300 East Lapotac Boulevard, Enoch, AB (corner of Whitemud Drive and Winterburn Road, West Edmonton)

Rural Routes Annual Evaluation
Deadline Extended to June 9

Rural Routes and our funders are interested in your opinions about the Rural Routes initiative and ESL practices throughout Alberta. At the end of the Evaluation you will have the chance to enter a draw for a Roots & Connection toolkit valued at $250.00. Please click the following link to complete the survey: 2014 Annual Evaluation.

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New ESL & EWP Website Coming Soon

Look for the launch of the An Integrated Approach to ESL and EWP website in the fall Rural Routes e-newsletter.  Funded by the Government of Alberta and created by the NorQuest College Center for Intercultural Education, workshop materials will be available for free download.  

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