The Calgary Immigrant Educational Society was pleased to join partners from around the community at Fort Calgary this morning for the Calgary Learns Cracker Barrels event. Organizations that work closely in adult foundational learning were invited to join the relaxed meet-and-greet session, where they were encouraged to share their experiences with one another. CIES’ Reading Room program, a recipient of generous funding from Calgary Learns, was proudly represented by Manager Melissa McKinnon, Coordinator Oxana Cherednik, and adult literacy experts Donna Clarke and Joanne Hingley.
CIES’ Reading Room is a quiet, inviting space where adult literacy learners can receive extra tutoring from experienced instructors. This quality instructional program provides additional guidance in reading and comprehension skills for students with limited functional literacy, many of whom have had little or interrupted education in their countries of origin, possess a learning disability, or have experienced trauma affecting their ability to learn. Over 150 adult language learners distributed through Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) levels 1 to 4 at CIES require this indispensable literacy level support – they are primarily refugees and other newly arrived immigrants. They and similarly-profiled clients from other service providers who do not offer one-on-one tutoring constitute the program’s primary clients.
Thank you to Calgary Learns for hosting such a valuable event – we very much look forward to continuing to learn from our friends in the community!