A variety of workshops are offered to the public throughout the year in areas such as specific language topics, travel preparation, creative writing, intercultural communication, teacher training, and social justice initiatives. These workshops are also offered in-house for organizations and can be tailored to meet your group’s needs (more information below).
The Spanish for Social Justice Conversation Group – a monthly meeting to practice Spanish while discussing social justice issues and solidarity with Spanish-speakers. Hosted by Nicole Benson, May-November 2014.
Creative Writing for Fun! – Eight 2-hour sessions to explore the creative side of yourself. A variety of activities to release stories and images for both native and non-native speakers. Hosted at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre by Mary Leighton, May-June 2013
The Mount Pleasant Language Mixer – an evening of casual conversation and activities to get to know fellow language-learners. Hosted by Mary Leighton, December 2012
China for Teachers – what all English teachers should know before heading to teach in China. Hosted by Roma Ilnyckyj, February and May 2012
Spanish for Social Justice – an intensive language course for volunteers, activists, and others looking to learn Spanish for more than just travel or work. Hosted by Nicole Benson, May 2012
All of our services can be customized to meet your organization’s needs. Whether you are looking for an intensive half- or full-day diversity workshop, or are hoping to offer ongoing language lessons to your staff, we work closely with you to develop the right program.
We specialize in working with non-profits, unions, and other progressive organizations that are looking to build communication skills within their organizations and/ or with international partners. Examples of what we can do for you:
Intensive Language Training for Organizations
Eight hours of group language training in any level of English, Spanish or French, or beginner Arabic or Turkish. This can be divided into four 2-hour sessions, two half-day sessions, or one full-day session.
Ongoing Language Training for Organizations
Weekly language training in any level of English, Spanish or French, or beginner Arabic or Turkish. Sessions can be one hour or more, and can continue for as many weeks as your organization needs.
Intercultural Effectiveness Workshops
These sessions can be 2-4 hours and can focus either on how to ensure effective communication within your culturally diverse organization, or on how to approach potential partners from other countries or cultural backgrounds. We will explore the concept of culture and how it affects social and business norms as well as develop skills for effective intercultural communication and collaboration.
To request a quote for organizational training, please contact us including a description of your organization’s needs and preferred timeline.