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November 2, 2005

Source: University of Calgary:
http://www.ucalgary.ca/news/nov05/esl-psa.html

Lieutenant Governor opens ESL conference

More than 400 Alberta English as a Second Language educators will gather at the University of Calgary this weekend to address the challenges of the increasing number of immigrants drawn to Alberta from around the world.

On Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, /Connecting Communities, Honouring Voices/ will bring together ESL educators from across the province to examine current issues in teaching children and adults English as a Second Language. They will share best practices in teaching immigrants, refugees and international students English; explore what educators can learn from students; discuss how to honour studentsí language and consider how to help immigrants and refugees become full participants in their new home.

Once Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Norman Kwong, CM, AOE, has officially opened the conference, Keynote speaker Barbara Burnaby will deliver her address: /What Can We Learn about Immigration from Canadian History/. Dr. Burnaby, former president of Teaching English as a Second Language Canada and World Literacy of Canada, has a distinguished academic career in the area of English as a Second Language. She is currently an Honorary Research Professor, working on language development among the Innu in Labrador.

On Saturday, Jacob Magot will be the luncheon speaker. Born into war in southern Sudan, Jacob Magotís life story is told in /The Lost Boys of Sudan: An American Story of the Refugee Experience/. Jacob, in his early 20s is a college student who works as a security guard to pay for college schooling in Atlanta, Georgia.
WHAT:
Alberta ESL Conference gathers more than 400 educators

WHO:
Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Norman Kwong, CM, AOE; Friday Keynote speaker Barbara Burnaby; Saturday luncheon speaker, Jacob Magot

WHERE:
MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary; for a map of campus, see www.ucalgary.ca/map

WHEN:
Launch at 8:30 am Friday, Nov. 4, 2005; luncheon speaker noon, Saturday, Nov. 5.

For more information, contact, Adriana Bejko, Faculty of Education, 828-4390

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Janna Klemen
Media Relations Advisor
University of Calgary, External Communications
Phone: 403-220-4756
Fax: 403-282-8413


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