ESL Workshops

Program-Specific Workshops for ESL Students

Applied Accounting / Business Administration:

These workshops start with a focus on business writing, but include all four language skills depending on student need. Students will get individualized feedback on speaking and writing skills, as well as tips and strategies tailored to their strengths and weaknesses.

Exchange District Campus:

Room: P304
Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 a.m.
Dates:  Ongoing through June and July 2017

Notre Dame Campus:
  • These workshops will be activated upon request.

For more information, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

Automotive Technician and Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic:

These workshops focus primarily on understanding verbal and written instructions, including  learning technical vocabulary. However, other skills, such as reading and test-taking, will be covered on student request.

Notre Dame Campus:

Room: Z204
Times: 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.
Dates: TBA

  • These workshops will be offered again in September 2017.

For more information, please contact Stephen Sawchyn: ssawchyn@rrc.ca or 204.631.3472.

Civil Engineering Technology & Construction Management:

These workshops focus on the language skills needed for success in Technical Communications, and to prepare for the coop work experience. Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 ESL students are welcome to attend.

Notre Dame Campus:

Day: Thursdays

Option 1:

  • Time: Thursday, 11:00am – 11:50am
  • Location: F202

Option 2:

  • Time: 1:00pm – 1:50pm
  • Location: AB35

For more information, please contact Lisa Vogt: lvogt@rrc.ca or 204.631.3472

Culinary Arts

These workshops focus primarily on listening to and following verbal and written instructions, including  learning technical vocabulary. However, other skills, such as reading and test-taking, will be covered on student request.

Exchange District Campus:

Room: PGI-305
Times: 2:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Dates:  These workshops will be re-activated upon request.

For more information, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

Early Childhood Education:

These workshops allow ESL students to practice speaking tasks in small groups, but can be expanded to include other skills (like reading and writing), if requested. The focus is on gaining fluency and confidence that can be transferred into the workplace. Both Year 1 and Year 2 ESL students are welcome to attend.

Notre Dame Campus:

These workshops will be offered again in October 2017.

For more information, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

Electrical Engineering Technology:

These workshops allow EET students in Term 7 to develop their writing and critical thinking skills for success in both Technical Thesis and Professional Ethics.

Notre Dame Campus:

Days: Tuesdays
Room: A211
Times: 12:30pm – 1:50pm
Topics/Tasks:
– Technical Thesis support
– Professional Ethics support

Days: Thursdays
Room: A215
Times: 11:00am – 12:50pm
Topics/Tasks:
– Technical Thesis support
– Professional Ethics support

For more information on the EET workshops, please contact Lisa Vogt: lvogt@rrc.ca or 204.631.3472.

Health Care Aid/Health Unit Clerk:

These workshops help students with all four language skills, depending on student need.  Students will get individualized feedback on speaking and writing skills, as well as tips and strategies tailored to their strengths and weaknesses.

Notre Dame Campus:

Room: E-210
Times: 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Dates: These workshops will be re-activated upon request.

For more information, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

Health Information Management:

These workshops help students practice the medical terminology that they need for their program, but also support all four language skills, depending on student need.  Students will get individualized feedback on speaking and writing skills, as well as tips and strategies tailored to their strengths and weaknesses.

Notre Dame Campus:

Room: D102
Times: 11:00am – 11:50am
Dates: Wednesdays starting January 11, 2016.

For more information, please contact Lisa Vogt: lvogt@rrc.ca or 204.631.3472.

Hospitality and Tourism Management:

Restaurant Service: HTM students work at Jane’s Restaurant as servers and hosts during their Restaurant Service class. These workshops allow ESL students to practice the required speaking in small groups. The workshops cover vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, and sociocultural information that will help them work more confidently..

Exchange District Campus:

Room: Jane’s and Room PGI-200
Dates:

  • These workshops will resume in the next offering of the Restaurant Service course.

HTM Integrated Skills: In this workshop, you bring your ideas about what you want help with.   We will give you feedback and help you practice your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.   Please let us know how we can help you!

Room:  PGI-302
Dates:   These workshops will be re-activated upon request.

For more information on both of the HTM workshops, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

Preparing for the HTM Co-op: In collaboration with Student Employment Services, these workshops will help to prepare ESL students with speaking skills for the co-op interview and subsequent workplace.   The first hour will be followed by an optional second hour for those students who want to stay for an individualized pronunciation focus.

Room:  PGI-200
Dates:

  • These workshops will resume during the next HTM Co-op course.

For more information on all three of the HTM workshops, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

Language Training Centre:

These workshops are designed to introduce LTC students to language and academic tasks that they might encounter in different RRC academic programs. Each workshop will concentrate on language skills and tasks prioritized by the specific academic program, and will use program course materials as much as possible.

These workshops are intended for LTC students with higher CLB levels who plan to go on to an RRC academic program. Please consult Stuart Schwartz or Kathy Kerr in the LTC office to see if you are eligible to attend this workshop.

Room:  P-107
Dates:  These workshops will be re-activated in the fall of 2017.

For more information, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

 

Nursing:

These workshops begin with a focus on the clinical environment.   We will help you practice listening to shift end reports, summarizing patient information, reading handwritten notes, and charting.   If students would like to introduce other language skills (like research or writing essays), we would also be happy to help.

Notre Dame Campus:

Dates, times and rooms:

  • Monday, April 3, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Room D-102

For more information, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

 

QA QC in the Pharmaceutical Industry:

These workshops begin with a focus on writing lab reports, but include information on time management and studying for exams. Workshops then transition into speaking (including tips and strategies for independently working on pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar). We partner with Student Employment Services to incorporate information on employment readiness and practice with the employment interview.

Notre Dame Campus:

Dates, times and rooms:

  • Workshops will be offered again in the 2017-2018 academic year.

For more information, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

Technology Management:

An effective research report starts with strong reading and note-taking skills. Ideas must be developed, sequenced, and clearly marked so that the reader can understand the concepts clearly. Sources must be documented and correctly cited. The mechanical components of the paper, including grammar, formatting, and using vocabulary precisely, need to be checked.   This workshop will assist students with developing the skills needed for writing their research report.   We will also use the reading and note-taking skills covered to consider the case studies used in your program.

Notre Dame Campus:

Room: D-211
Times: 11:00 — 11:50 a.m.
Days:  These workshops will be re-activated in the fall of 2017.

For more information, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

 

Additional ESL Workshops:

Occasional ESL workshops are offered at each campus during every semester. Look for the workshop posters posted on bulletin boards across campus, or check this web page.

Student Employment Services Mock Interview Partnership

The ASC ESL Team collaborates with programs with a high number of ESL students who are booking Student Employment Services (SES) for mock interviews. SES provides the initial pre-employment workshops up to and including interview preparation. Before the mock interviews, the ASC provides language support based on the specific field and related positions. The ASC and SES both participate in the mock interviews, providing each student with feedback from SES on their interview performance, and from the ASC on language.

Both Exchange District and Notre Dame Campuses

Dates, times and rooms: by appointment through Student Employment Services (mention you would like the integrated ESL support)

For more information, please contact Michelle Amaya-Torres: mamayatorres@rrc.ca or 204.631.3365.

Other Academic Success Centre workshops

ESL students are also welcome to attend any of the other Academic Success Centre workshops, for example in accounting, math, macroeconomics or statistics. For more information on these non-ESL workshops, please follow the link to http://blogs.rrc.ca/asc/workshops/