Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gathering V Getting Started Course

ESL Cooperative: Gathering V

September 27 + October 25, 2008

Hilltop Bible Chapel

243 La Rose Avenue, Etobicoke




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We trust you had a refreshing summer and that you are enthusiastically looking forward to some wonderful opportunities in ESL ministry! The 5th Gathering of the Southern Ontario Cooperative for ESL Ministries has been designed to equip you to serve more effectively in your Church-based ESL program, and to meet and encourage others who are engaged in similar programs. We welcome you to attend "Gathering V".

As was announced previously, we are offering two programs on two separate dates: September 27th for the Getting Started in ESL Ministry Course and October 25th for the general Gathering (poster and details to come later).

This letter is going to focus on the Getting Started in ESL Ministry Course on September 27th. Information and online registration for the general Gathering in October will be posted at a later date.

The Getting Started course is for people who are thinking of getting involved for the first time in an ESL Ministry in their Church. They do not need to have had any teacher training prior to this time. Willingness to learn and a heart for people are the only prerequisites. They will be introduced to such topics as: Biblical foundations for starting a church-based ESL ministry, Language Teaching and Learning Principles, Helping People improve their Grammar and Speaking, How to begin an ESL Ministry, and How to Lead a Conversation Lesson. Participants will be given access to over 150 different lessons that they can use with students to direct their English Conversation class ministry, and they will be trained how to use them. Below is the program for the day:

Getting Started in ESL Ministry September 27th

9:05 - 9:10 Welcome

9:15 - 9:35 Session #1: Biblical Foundations for Starting a Church-Based ESL Ministry

9:35 – 10:00 Session #2: Language Teaching/Learning Principles I – an introduction to different learning styles

10:00 – 10:30 Session #3: Tips for Helping People Pronounce English Sounds

10:35 – 10:55 Coffee break

11:00-11:55 Session #4: Helping people understand the form, meaning and use of English - practical techniques you can use to help your students learn to use English the way we do.

12:00–12:55 LUNCH

1:00 – 1:30 Session #5: Language Teaching/Learning Principles II - Language Learning Beliefs Questionnaire

1:35 – 2:00 Session #6: Pronunciation – Understanding English word Stress

2:05 – 2:30 Session #7: An introduction to SOCEM's Quick Start Guide to Starting an ESL Ministry

2:35 – 3:40 Session #8: Helping people practice their English – How to lead a conversation class using the SOCEM ESL Conversation Guides

3:45 – 4:00 Closing & Prayer

Please click on the link below to register online. Registering online now will assist us in making the correct number of handouts, etc.

We look forward to seeing you on September 27th!

Colin Brewster

for the SOCEM Executive Committee

Cost: Payable at the door – cash only please.

$15.00 (cost includes a handbook of notes from all the sessions)

An optional lunch will be available for an additional $5.-

Click here for online registration:Register for Getting Started in ESL Ministry