Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Are you passionate about making a positive difference in the world?

GV Calgary regularly runs eight week sessions of the Global Competence Certificate. 

Global Competence Certificate (GCC) Students
It is an afternoon study program combined with high level General English study in the mornings. This is a highly suitable program for students training to improve their English and to further their cultural competence at the same time. GCC can be used to complete credit for English for Academic Purposes for Pathway Programs. 

GV Calgary was an early adopter of the Global Competence Certificate. Check out this piece from President and CEO, John Taplin, who spotlights GCC and its link to active global citizenship.

John Taplin, President and CEO of Global Village Calgary
Active Global Citizen John Taplin
Role President and CEO, Global Village Calgary

Contribution Intercultural educator working with indigenous youth in Australia; immigrant and international students, first nations Canadians, and teacher trainees in Canada; embracing global competence education as part of language learning

Quote Aligning language education with global competence training is instrumental in helping our students to become even better global citizens

John Taplin began his career as an educator working with indigenous youth as a high school English teacher in Australia. His life’s journey in intercultural education continued in Alberta, Canada where he has worked in university and private sector settings as an English teacher for immigrant and international students, first nations Canadians, and as a teacher trainer. In 1996, John became the founding Director of Global Village Calgary which is a language centre focused on adult students from around the world plus local students adjusting to life in Canada. In 2016, Global Village Calgary embraced Sentio’s Global Competence Certificate which is run as a natural fit with English language training.

How does your work help global citizens?

The main expertise of Global Village Calgary is to teach English to international students from over 90 different countries annually. We also prepare students to have the English and associated skills to function better in their lives beyond the school, whether their future takes them on to further study in English-speaking colleges or to careers in their own countries, or to both. Having an international diversity of students in classes is tailor-made for students to not only learn English, but to become more knowledgeable about, and understanding of, other cultures. The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) Course really supports our goals of promoting cultural understanding and acceptance through language education.

GCC Facilitator and English Teacher/EAP Coordinator, Greg Stephenson, with graduating student
GCC Facilitator and English Teacher/EAP Coordinator, Greg Stephenson, with graduating student

How does your work address the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The work of Global Village Calgary addresses several of the UN Sustainable Goals in compelling ways. Firstly, we feel that students are receiving quality education, but more importantly, our students tell us through regular surveys and informal feedback that they are. Students also learn about each other’s culture in transformative ways. We observe that more cultural understanding and acceptance leads to males and females understanding each other better as well, and one can argue that this will lead to greater gender equity. A better understanding of peace and justice issues across the world is also fostered in the GCC Course. I am convinced that aligning language education with global competence training is instrumental in helping our students to become even better global citizens. Their business and personal connections with other international students, whom they meet in classes, is an active and necessary force for good in the modern world.

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Check out this awesome video made by BK Shin, a GV Calgary student in BEP (Business English Program). It was featured at the recent Grad. Thanks BK!  Click here to watch the video.

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Serious Learning, Serious Fun

GV Calgary is known for its great staff, the international community of its student body, and its stunning English school, located in downtown Calgary, surrounded by modern architecture and public art. We offer English classes in General ESL at eight levels and English courses in Business English, IELTS, TESOL, and Cambridge First Certificate. Calgary is a progressive economic centre and provides a terrific quality of life. It is alive with young people and close to nature. World famous Banff in the majestic Rocky Mountains is only 90 minutes away.