Building Blocks of Faith-based ESL Ministry

Date(s) - October 24, 2015
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Carey Centre

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Building Blocks of Faith-Based ESL Ministry

Date: Saturday, October 24  2015  
Time: 9:00-3:30
Location: Lecture Hall at Carey Centre
Cost: $50/person includes lunch 
* up to 4 people is $50/person.  after 4 people discount applies at $35/person.
Presenters: Lawrence W. McAllister, Shelly MacDonald-Lin, Jo-Ann Matiachuk and more.  More information on presenters and workshops will be made available in September.  Watch here for details!
Do you want to learn & grow in your ESL Ministry? You are invited to join us for an inspiring one-day seminar hosted by Carey, and led by amazing keynote speakers and workshop presenters.
Quality support by experienced presenters to help
• ESL Ministry Program Leaders and
• Classroom Teachers
Join us for the day and gain an increased appreciation for the biblical foundations of faith-based ESL ministry and how these foundations can help guide your ministry. Come and build your skills, network with other faith-based ESL ministries through a variety of interactive sessions, and be inspired!
Draft Schedule:
9:00 Start (welcome, worship, prayer)
9:30-10:30 Jo-Ann Matiachuk “A Deep Welcome”
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:50-11:50 Lawrence W. McAllister
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Workshop A & B
2:00-3:00 Workshop A & C
3:00-3:30 Wrap up


Keynote I:  Jo-Ann Matiachuk

A Deep Welcome

How do we offer a “deep welcome” to the newcomer or returning student at a program level, classroom level and personal level?  Our time together will explore how our motivations and values influence ESL ministry and result in an atmosphere of welcome (or possibly of confusion!).  Come prepared to think about your own experience of a “deep welcome” and hear how others have been shaped by this powerful influence which reflects the heart of God.

About the presenter:

Jo-Ann Matiachuk (M. Div., M.Ed, TESOL) leads the ESL Ministry at Broadmoor Baptist Church.  She is an experienced Educator and Ministry Leader with a broad range of interests.  Most recently she has also been teaching in the Leadership degree program at TWU in Richmond, travelling with her husband, and learning Mandarin as a way to welcome her neighbors!

Workshop A: Shelley Macdonald-Lin

The Power of a Story

Everyone likes a good story, and stories are powerful tools for building English skills.  In this workshop we will look at various ways that stories can be used to support listening, speaking, and reading skills and vocabulary development.  Participants will practice a variety of techniques and receive handouts with suggested activities and materials.  This workshop is most suitable for participants who work with high beginner to intermediate level language learners.

About the presenter:

Shelley MacDonald-Lin is a LINC instructional Coordinator at Burnaby English Language Centre where she helps support LINC instructors through training and curriculum development.  Shelley has been teaching ESL to adult learners for over 20 years and discovered her passion for teaching ESL while serving as a volunteer in a faith-based organization.  She loves working with adult language learners and exploring new techniques and materials in the classroom.

Workshop B: Ruthi Mathewson

Extending Friendships and Opportunities for Faith-based Conversations

This workshop will explore practical ways / means of extending friendships and opening opportunities for faith-based conversations with our ESL friends. We will note from Scripture how Jesus models friendship to those around Him, and discuss how our friendship with God can be translated into extending the gift of friendship to our neighbours. We will share personal examples of ESL friendships and opportunities for meaningful faith-based conversations.  Further, we will participate in “hands-on” conversation starters / activities which enhance the establishment of friendships and meaningful conversations within the ESL classroom setting.

About the presenter:

Ruthi Mathewson has been a volunteer teacher in Broadmoor Baptist Church’s ESL program since April 2005, and has facilitated a weekly ESL Bible Study group at BBC since 2012.  She is married to Bruce (one of Broadmoor’s highly-esteemed ESL coffee-making volunteers), and she is the mother of two married adult children, and the Nana of two amazing granddaughters. She is a retired educator who was a Special Education Consultant, a Teacher-Librarian, and an (part-time) adjunct faculty member in the Faculty of Education at York University.  Earlier in her professional career, she taught a range of multicultural grade levels / Special Education groupings in the Toronto and Peel District School Boards in Ontario, Canada.  After her formal retirement in 1999, she worked half-time for six years as Distance Education Coordinator at Tyndale University College & Seminary, before moving to B.C.  She enjoys reading and writing, and she especially enjoys learning and laughing and eating Dim Sum with her Asian friends in Richmond!

Workshop C: Edwin Zhang

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