ESL Workshops

Program-Specific Workshops for ESL Students

Sessions are held weekly to address the common language challenges of students in the program. Please find the session for your program and attend to meet the tutor. Students with exceptional need may be offered individual tutoring, depending on the availability of tutoring resources.

Applied Accounting — Exchange District Campus

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.

These workshops will be re-activated upon request.

 For more information, please contact Lisa Vogt: lvogt@rrc.ca or 204.632.2336.

Automotive Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic, Outdoor Power Equipment Technician

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.

Room: FM-30
Times: Wednesdays 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.
Dates: Weekly starting September 27, 2017

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

Business Administration Year 1

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.

These workshops will be re-activated upon request.

For more information, please contact Lisa Vogt: lvogt@rrc.ca or 204.632.2336.

Business Information Technology 

Please submit a tutoring request form 

Business Technology Management 

Room: P-208
Times: Mondays 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.
Dates: Weekly starting September 18, 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.

Room: AB-034
Times: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Dates: Weekly

For more information, please contact Lisa Vogt: lvogt@rrc.ca or 204.632.2336.

Culinary Arts and Professional Baking

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.

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.

Year 1 ECE

The next series of workshops is planned for the spring of 2018.  However, if you would like help earlier, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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

Year 2 ECE

The next series of workshops is planned for the spring of 2018.  However, if you would like help earlier, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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

 

Electrical Engineering Technology

These workshops help students build writing skills needed to complete technical writing tasks and the final thesis project. Grammar and usage is discussed, and students should bring their writing tasks for guided support.

Exchange District Campus

Term 1
Room: W314
Time: Wednesdays 11:00-11:50
Dates: Weekly

Term 7
Room: P405
Time: Wednesdays 12:00-12:50
Dates: Weekly


Notre Dame Campus

Term 7
Room: A330B
Time: Tuesdays 11:00-11:50
Dates: Weekly

For more information on the EET workshops, please contact Lisa Vogt: lvogt@rrc.ca or 204.632.2336.

 

Greenspace Horticulture

These workshops focus on listening and understanding instructions, listening to and taking notes during lectures, and building industry-related vocabulary.  Other skills areas such as preparing for and writing tests and participating in group work will be covered on student request.

Room: E-113
Times: Wednesdays 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Dates: Weekly starting September 20, 2017

For more information, please contact Stephen Sawchyn: ssawchyn@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.

These workshops will be re-activated upon request.

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

 

International Business – Exchange District Campus

Room: P-208
Times: Wednesdays 10:00 – 10:50 p.m.
Dates: Weekly starting September 27, 2017

and/or

Room: A-205
Times: Wednesdays 4:00 – 4:50 p.m.
Dates: Weekly starting September 27, 2017

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.

Room: E-110
Times: Thursdays from 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
Dates: Ongoing starting September 21, 2017 and continuing in January 2018.

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

 

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Restaurant Service: HTM students will practice working at Jane’s Restaurant as servers and hosts.  The workshops cover vocabulary, pronunciation, and sociocultural information that will help you work more confidently..

Room: Jane’s Restaurant
Dates: 

January 8 to 24, 2018, Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00

January 26 to February 14, Mondays from 1:00 to 2:00 and Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00

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-301
Dates:   These workshops will be re-activated upon request.

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.

Room:  tbd
Dates:  February 26 to March 2 — Group A from 1:00 to 2:00 and Group B from 3:00 to 4:00.

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 are currently being planned.   Dates will be posted once confirmed.

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.

Room: E-108
Times: Fridays 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Dates:  Friday, December 15 and 22, 2017 and continuing on Friday, January 5, 2018.

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.

Dates, times and rooms:

Groups 1 and 2:  Wednesdays at 11:00, Room A-419

Group 3:  Mondays at 10:00, Room A-112

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

 

Science Laboratory Technology:

These workshops will respond to whatever language supports the group attending would like to focus on, including listening to lectures and/or instructions, taking notes, writing lab reports, and speaking using the language of the profession.

These workshops can be reactivated upon request.

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.

Room: E-210
Times: 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Days: Wednesdays

Additional drop-in supports:

Room: E-210
Times: 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Days: Mondays

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/