“Say What?” Supplementary Pronunciation Program

Where: 3820, 32nd Street N.E., Calgary, Alberta T1Y 7L9 Contact: Richard LeBlanc Contact Email: richardleblanc@immigrant-education.ca Open Volunteer Spots: Unlimited


The “Say What?” supplementary pronunciation program is a volunteer-driven pronunciation class supplemental to CIES’ LINC and Drop-In ESL programs.  Students who attend the class are normally students that are simultaneously taking full-time LINC classes, but have a desire to additionally focus on overcoming some of their challenges they have when producing the individual sounds of English when they speak. A volunteer facilitator will guide students through focused pronunciation practice with software on a Smart Board, as well as printed materials that reinforce the correct articulation of English vowel and consonant sounds. The facilitator’s goal is to assist the students to enhance the accuracy of their English pronunciation, and additionally support their successful settlement into Canadian society. This class will be offered 4 times a week between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm Monday to Thursday at CIES’ Welcome Centre (Whitehorn) location. Students from the same first language backgrounds will be grouped together on specific days in order to most efficiently address the pronunciation errors that they commonly make.


Volunteers for the “Say What?” Program will serve as in-class facilitators assisting students while using pronunciation practice software, as well as printed materials, and providing valuable feedback for students’ imnprovement.  The volunteer will employ both group-based as well as individual-based practice activities.  As well, the facilitator may need to complete a small amount of paperwork periodically. While material will largely be provided, some lesson preparation may be necessary.

Each class runs for approximately 1 hour, involving up to 12 students.  While it is preferred that volunteer facilitators have a background in education and a basic understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), teachers and teachers-in-training with all levels of experience are invited to apply.

Additionally, volunteer facilitators should have the following:

– Patience and empathy
– A desire to help newcomers to Canada

– Excellent spoken English skills
– A willingness to make a 1 hour weekly commitment to the program for 4 months

How to apply

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Please note that a police background check including a vulnerable sector check is required as a part of the application process.

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