ESL Workshops

Program-Specific Workshops for ESL Students

Applied Accounting / Business Administration / Business Technology Management 

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.

Please click on the link below to open the schedule of workshops. Find the session for your program and attend the workshop to meet the tutor. Students with exceptional need may be offered individual tutoring, depending on the availability of tutoring resources.

EDC students, click here.

NDC students, click here. 

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.

Notre Dame Campus:

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 Information Technology 

Please submit a tutoring request form 

 

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: Wednesdays

  • Time: 11:00am – 12:50am
  • Location: AB34

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.

Exchange District Campus:

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:

Year 1 ECE

Room: A-103
Times: Mondays from 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. and Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00
Dates:  October 23, 27, 30, and November 3, 6 and 10

Year 2 ECE

Room: A-103
Times: Wednesdays from 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. and Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00
Dates:  October 25, 27, and November 1, 3, 8 and 10


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

 

Electrical Engineering Technology:

Workshops from Term 1 and 7 are in development.

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.

Notre Dame Campus

Room: E-113

Time: Wednesdays 12:00-12:50

Dates: Weekly starting Sept. 20

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.

Notre Dame Campus:

Room: D-106
Times: Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Dates: Ongoing starting September 5, 2017

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

 

International Business – Exchange District Campus

Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., room P208

or

Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., room A205

 

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: E-110
Times: Thursdays from 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
Dates: Ongoing starting September 21, 2017.

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..

Exchange District Campus:

Room: Jane’s Restaurant
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-301
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 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.

Notre Dame Campus:

Room: E-210
Times: Fridays from 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.  OR  11:00 – 11:50 a.m.   OR 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Dates: Ongoing starting September 15, 2017.

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:

Group 1:  Wednesdays at 12:00, Room AB-036

Group 2:  Thursdays at 12:00, Room AB-036

Group 3:  Mondays at 11:00, Room F-308

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.

Notre Dame Campus:

Year 1 Science Lab

Room: D-307
Times: Fridays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Dates: Ongoing starting September 12, 2017.

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

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/