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ESL Tutor Training Program begins at NWCC Prince Rupert Campus

Starting this week, Northwest Community College's Prince Rupert campus is offering a new, free and for-credit, ESL tutor training program. The ESL Tutor Training English Language Settlement Assistance Program (ELSAP) is suitable for anyone who wants to help newcomers to Canada develop their English language skills. For the first part of the course, student tutors work under the direction of a trainer. Later, they work individually with an assigned immigrant student. For anyone trying to learn a language, socialization with others who speak English is often the most important part of the learning process. The Tutor Training course also includes voluntary group outings, which range from visiting local community services to attending social events with native English speakers. Special funding for this program comes from BC's Settlement and Multiculturalism Branch of the Ministry of Attorney General and the Ministry of Advanced Education's Community Adult Literacy Programs. Collaboration between the two ministries means many small BC communities, which initially had no ESL classes, are now able to offer community tutoring services. Organizations in Prince Rupert were invited to apply for funding because a significant portion of the city's large immigration population can not attend regular ESL classes: immigrant mothers must stay home with their children, immigrant seniors are fearful or shy to join formal classroom setting, and the recent boost in the local economy has many immigrants obtaining employment sooner. NWCC's ESL department, which is running ELSAP, is now looking for immigrant learners as well as student tutors to enroll. The Prince Rupert tutor training course runs from Nov. 5 to Dec. 12, is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and entails 15 hours each of training and practicum. NWCC is also offering ELSAP in Kitimat.

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