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Develop your "global perspective" – a set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that is critical to your future academic and professional success

Communication Skills for Global Citizenship

These customized seminars are for you if…

You want to become an effective, cross-cultural, communicator.

Take a content-based approach to develop your oral communication skills: learn about Canada and the wider global community by exploring history, culture, diversity, sustainability, community engagement and intercultural communication.

Build your communication confidence by interacting with other Canadian and international students.

Our two learning components (levels 1 and 2) include activities and excursions which create a context for language learning outside the classroom. Develop an enhanced global perspective: empathy for diverse opinions, appreciation for how global events are interconnected, and how problem-solving can transcend borders. Our globally-minded students start here to begin their development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes critical to their future academic and professional success.

A condensed introduction to Canada and themes of global citizenship.

Designed specifically for short-term visiting students.

An engaging classroom environment that builds confidence in oral communication skills.

Tasks that facilitate communication beyond the classroom.

Engaging in community initiatives to support the well-being of others.

Assessments that promote reflection about the global community and intercultural communication.

Bubbles citizenship
  • in-class interactive delivery
  • tailored to individual learners and groups
  • pro-rated fees are available
Now accepting pre-registration

Contact us today
phone 1-780-492-5530
or email elsinfo@ualberta.ca

Face to face study

Available to both individual and group applicants.

  • Any skill level
    beginner through high intermediate
  • Fall 2020
    Offered three times: July and August and September
    Course length: four weeks
    Tuition: C$700

    This cost includes tuition and Student Engagement Centre activities. Pro-rated fees are available.

  • Fall 2020 course content themes:
    • Week 1: Arriving in Canada first impressions and culture shock; life in a homestay; conversation strategies and small talk; Canadian English
    • Week 2: Embracing Diversity Indigenous peoples in Canada; immigration and multiculturalism; multilingualism
    • Week 3: Understanding our Global Community sustainable development; volunteering in the community; intercultural communication
    • Week 4: Everyday Life in Canada food culture in Canada; Canadian symbols; animals and animal safety in Canadian parks

We also offer several customized English language training options for government and business groups.

Learning outcomes

Assessment in levels 1 and 2 will focus on students' reflections about their Canadian experiences, as well as their understanding of connections between Canada and their home culture.

Level 1
  • Communicate with some confidence in common, everyday social situations and small-talk
  • Ask for information related to basic daily routines of a student, including asking for directions, menu information, hours of admission, etc.
  • Take part in informal, group discussions on topics related to Canadian culture and global citizenship
  • Deliver ideas in micro-presentations on topics related to Canada and the wider global community
  • Identify main ideas and details when listening to videos, podcasts, talks and presentations
  • Get information from a variety of written texts including news articles, abridged readings
  • Understand and appreciate the perspectives of others
  • Engage in interactions across cultures
Level 2
  • Communicate with confidence in routine social situations
  • Ask for and give information related to typical daily routines of a student, including asking for directions, schedules, explanations, etc.
  • Take part in and lead seminar discussions on contemporary topics related to Canadian culture and global citizenship
  • Deliver ideas effectively in short presentations on topics related to Canada and the wider global community
  • Distinguish between main ideas, details, implied meaning, and facts & opinions when listening to videos, podcasts, talks and presentations
  • Analyze and respond to a variety of written texts, including news articles, blogs and infographics
  • Understand and appreciate the perspectives of others
  • Engage in interactions across cultures
  • Take action to support the well-being of others