Calling all LINC instructors and administrators! TIES is currently completing the development of multi-level PBLA modules and assessments for use in your online classroom. These materials are free to access: simply click on your desired format (Word or PDF) to download below.
Each module contains:
This page will be updated regularly, so check back in the future for additional modules! If you have any questions about these resources, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CLB 4-5 Food Preparation & Handling
CLB 4-5 Automobile Collisions
CLB 4-5 Booking Holidays & Travel
CLB 4-5 Working in Construction
CLB 4-5 Buying & Selling Used Items
CLB 4-5 Rights & Responsibilities of Citizenship
CLB 4-5 Alberta Health Care System
CLB 4-5 Government (Participating in Democracy)
CLB 4-5 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
With the Indigenous Voices in the Classroom (IVC) project, TIES aims to address the historic prejudice and discrimination that has silenced Indigenous people in every region of Canada and alienated our Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
Building on the knowledge and experience shared by Indigenous Elders and community members from across southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, TIES has created comprehensive lesson plans for CLB 2, CLB 4, and CLB 5/6 learners in the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. This curriculum was first piloted in LINC classrooms at TIES and Centre for Newcomers in August 2019.
With the advent of residential schools, Indigenous ways of being, knowing, speaking, and sharing were systematically erased in the classroom. While strides have been made in recent years to bring Indigenous voices back to the table, Indigenous Canadians still endure the silencing and the stigma that those racist views inflicted, and are not considered equal partners in Confederation.
This historic alienation has resulted in a lack of healthy vocabulary around Indigenous people and traditions, and many non-Indigenous teachers lack the confidence to address Canada’s historic atrocities in the classroom, often avoiding the issue completely. As such, when newcomers arrive in Canada, unless they are exposed to sensitive, culturally aware instructors who prioritize bringing Indigenous voices into their classroom, they risk total ignorance of their new country’s original inhabitants for lack of opportunities to interact with those communities or learn about them. This risks their indoctrination into the well-worn prejudice that so many Canadians share.
By bringing Indigenous voices and faces into the LINC classroom, Indigenous stories and storytellers become tangible and real and shed the stigma of being the faceless “other.” By learning from real people and their stories, newcomers can build knowledge and insight into the successes and challenges that these communities face today. When these relationships are built, teachers and administrators are empowered to introduce Indigenous history and culture to newcomer classrooms with more frequency, insight, and sensitivity. Newcomers are encouraged to build relationships with Indigenous communities and can avoid the traditional societal prejudice affecting Canadian society today.
To reach these goals, Indigenous Curriculum Developer Suzanne Clavelle-Christensen worked with Indigenous Elders and community members from across southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. As these community members shared their stories and knowledge with Suzanne, over 600 pages of CLB-appropriate lesson plans for LINC and ESL learners were developed.
To download the curriculum booklet for each project, please click the following:
Note*: The CLB 4 curriculum is built upon interviews with our program participants, which are hosted on the TIES|Learn learning management system. Click ‘Log in as guest’ at bottom right when you are prompted for a username and password, and then select “Indigenous Voices in the Classroom” when you enter the LMS.
Note*: The CLB 5/6 curriculum uses some media files that were referenced in our CLB 4 curriculum, all of which are hosted on the TIES|Learn learning management system. . Click “log in as guest” at bottom right when you are prompted for a username and password, and then select “Reconcili-action: A Journey Through the 94 Calls to Action” when you enter the LMS.
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TIES is located on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy comprising the Siksika, Piikani and Kanai First Nations, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.